The Friday Feature: Comes Highly Recommended

Well . . . it happened; my brand new car reached 30,000 miles.

*Dun dun dun*

I suppose I should stop calling it brand new, huh? So long, “Ooo Shiny!”

To put things mildly, I was dreading it — the “suggested” 30 k service — and had put it off for weeks, imagining the very worst of possible automotive concerns. And for good reason, mind you! For when it comes to this degree of reparations, the Hubs and I have never exited the mechanic’s without tears in our eyes and an itemized statement totaling somewhere in high triple digits. And, I’ll be darned, it never fails; every stinkin’ time I take the car in for an oil change, the mechanic “inadvertently” finds a host of other problems, warning me in his superior “car-speak” the risk I take by not having them fixed. Today. Immediately. At his auto repair shop. And, here, take a card with you while you’re at it.

Sniff. Whimper. Roar!

The way I see it,  the addition of “and exorbitant vehicular maintenance fees”  should be added to the phrase “Nothing is certain in life but death and taxes.”

To avoid as little pain as possible — and because I am a colossal coward — I sent my husband into the murky depths of Orange, to handle the appointment — alone. Sometime later, though, Michael comes home. By that time I have blocked the whole messy, stressful, and horrendous ordeal out of my mind. I don’t even ask. Truthfully? I don’t want to know. Hide the receipt. Don’t let me see the credit-card statement. It never happened, as far as I’m concerned. Nope, the car just magically fixed itself and la-de-da-da-da. Rainbows and Lollipops.

So . . . imagine my surprise when, low and behold, I — hours later — learn that the total cost — including an oil change — came out to be $68.79.


No, there is no error in decimal placement; this was the total amount charged to our credit-card! Brian — and here I will submit the plug — assured my husband that our 2009 Mazda CX7 was in nearly brand new condition, needing only an air filter and oil change. You mean, *aghast and incredulous* he actually didn’t try to sell us services we didn’t need? Even when we likely would have had no clue otherwise? Integrity? Honesty? Values, ethics, and morals???

Okay, enough sarcasm, you get my point, I’m sure.

Need an awesome mechanic?

Brian Johnson: A1 Automotive.

1935 North Enterprise Street, Orange, CA 92865 (714) 921-1900

Don’t believe me? Check out the reviews for yourself.


Also, it must be said that George of B&M Auto Services in Aliso Viejo is found to be equally as honest and upstanding. Before we moved to Orange, George was our mechanic of choice. If you live in South Orange County, give him a shot to earn your trust. Tell him Michael and Cara Olsen referred you and you might even get a free oil change 🙂 And don’t forget to grab a sucker he keeps near the cash register for all his happy customers.

George: (949) 362-1961

*** Know of a company, organization, or individual worthy of referring? Leave a comment with their info, please! Would you like your services to be referred? Send me a link so I can check it out. Every Friday I’ll add a new referral to the roster.

Happy Friday, everyone!


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