The Happiness of the Car

So my car has been in the shop for a couple of days and I got it back today. Yay!

Anyone who has ridden with me in the past few years has been alarmed at the growing number of warning lights active on my dashboard. I’ve taken the car in for check-ups and tune-ups and had things fixed, but the lights remained merry and bright.

So we finally bit the bullet and took it to Merritt Auto Service & Tire Service in Georgetown, Indiana. Mr. Merritt has been fixing our cars for us for many years. I’ve been taking the car to a local place — a very good local place — but Charlie likes Merritt, so we took the car there.

Cost. A. Bundle. Not an unreasonable amount, since a lot needed to be done. The lights were on because two sensors were broken and both hub assemblies needed to be replaced. Does that make any sense? Anyway, they did what they did, gave it a tune-up and an oil change, replaced the front brakes, and it runs like a dream.

My only complaint is that my jolly little lights are now gone. In my head, I know this is A Good Thing, but I rather miss them.

I’ll get over it.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character takes a car in for repair.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Happiness of the Car

  1. Sandra tyler

    March 7, 2013 at 7:10am

    My car hit 100,000 miles and is creaking and in the shop all the time. Kind of like hitting old age r is it middle age?

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      Marian Allen

      March 7, 2013 at 8:03am

      This car is over 120,000 miles and in pretty good shape, all-in-all. Well, if you don’t count all the dings, scrapes, and scratches my husband and I have put in it. It was Mom’s car while she could drive, and the only damage it ever sustained was when Charlie or I drove it. ~sigh~ We aren’t reckless or careless, just … luckless, I guess. heh

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  2. Marion Driessen

    March 7, 2013 at 2:26pm

    The new front brakes sound more important than the broken sensors, Marian. Those poor blinking lights, working all those years to establish a close connection with you, are now gone. Silenced.


    You made me smile, and it’s good to know you’re safe once more.

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      Marian Allen

      March 7, 2013 at 2:56pm

      Thanks, Marion! Yes, the brake lights have been on so long, I didn’t even know the brakes needed work again! I’ve had the brakes worked on, but the lights didn’t go off because of the broken sensors, so the warnings didn’t warn me anymore. I’m glad we got the work done!

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  3. Mike Carlson

    March 10, 2013 at 12:26am

    Cars are like children to me. They also need some care and cleaning up.

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      Marian Allen

      March 10, 2013 at 9:40am

      LOL! Fortunately, I took MUCH better care of our children than I do of the car. 🙂

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