The Norman Transcript

November 30, 2013

‘Affordable car act’


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NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

This week I decided to become involved in our political system of government. I wrote a letter to President Obama asking for relief as a senior citizen on repairs to our automobiles. We’re going to call it medi-car, it will coincide with the new affordable car act.

I had a tail light out on my vehicle. Since I’m on a fixed income, out of caution, I called my dealer and asked how much my repairs would run. The gentleman said it could be repaired for $6. I thought how great.

I arrived at the dealership. A gentleman met me and took my information and my car then disappeared. I was left holding a buzzer so I could be notified when it was ready. After about 30 minutes a smiling man approached me holding a clipboard. This should be a warning.

Let’s remember my vehicle is only worth $25,000. He started with a prognosis (factory recommendations). He stated, “Jim, it’s time to consider flushing your radiator, flushing your brake fluid and flushing your power steering fluid.” I said, “I think you forgot one.” He said, “I did?” “Yes, how about flushing my wallet?” He laughed but I was serious. He said, “ We should realign the front end and change the air filters. We will give you a discount if you have it all done at one time.”

I asked him if financing was available and he looked a bit dumbfounded. I just put tires on my car, and that cost me $1,000. I’m driving a $25,000 automobile and by the time I get ready to sell it I will have $60,000 in repairs. I stated, “No thank you, I’ll try to make it home if you would just fix my $6 tail light.” He said, “Today we’re going to throw in a free car wash.” Evidently it’s getting close to Christmas.

Ladies and gentlemen, please contact your congressmen and ask them to pass the affordable car act or medi-car. Seniors need assistance on their automobile repairs. After all, if we can’t get to the polls we can’t vote. Now that’s something for our leaders to think about.

Happy Holidays.

JIM BARGER

Norman

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