The charm of getting your car serviced
AKA- My history with car dealerships
I think there might be something wrong with me, there has to be. Most people dread taking their car to service, but I actually... rather enjoy it. There's just something about waiting in that little room, the comfy seats, the happy atmosphere, etc.
My love of car dealerships goes all the way back to... really since I was born. From 2004 (when I was born) up until 2016, we owned a blue 2005 Honda Odyssey. I absolutely loved that car, it played a key role in my childhood. The dealership I went to had a movie room, with beanbag chairs and kids movies playing (like that Beethoven movie, the one with the dog). And at the other end of the dealership, they had FREE POPCORN!
Car dealership popcorn is the best. Probably because it's free.
At first, I HAD to go to the dealership with my mum, because I wasn't old enough to be home by myself. But as I got older, I could start to stay at home when mum was out. But if the Honda was going to the dealership, I'd come with for the movie and popcorn. Eventually, we sold that Honda to my half-brother, who I believe since sold it. That car is probably still running today if I'm honest.
Our next family car was a 2017 Infiniti QX60. I only actually went to the dealership for this car once. It was ok, they had a coffee machine and a bar of sorts. I don't have any pictures or anything, except for pics of some of the display cars.
After our lease went out in 2019, we got a Tesla Model S, and that car has never really been taken to the service centre. I went there once, but that was to pick up the car. The waiting room was ok, just a coffee machine and a water cooler. Tesla doesn't really do routine service, so it's not often people wait on their cars.
Meanwhile, we have our other 3 cars, the Maserati, the Toyota, and my VW.
The Maserati... They don't exactly *have* a waiting room because it takes them a few days before they actually start working on your car. They do have a fancy espresso machine, though.
Next is the dealer for my VW. I have a very close relationship with this dealership. In 2017, they were doing an ad shoot where your teenager could say something about Volkswagens, you'd take a pic in front of one, and BOOM, you were in a magazine!
This is me at 13. They spelt my name wrong, but oh well.
It's funny because now I work on computer servers for a living, AND I drive a VW, AND I get it serviced at this exact location. Full circle, eh? They treated me nice then, so it was only just I took my car there for service (but also because it was closest to my house).
...and yes, they have a popcorn machine. Unfortunately, due to COVID, it's not being used :(
How to pass time, the right way
I brought along my iPad with me, and I played some Beam.NG while I was waiting. The atmosphere was a lot of fun, and honestly, I think that's probably the most fun I've had playing Beam.
The merch section.
They were super nice, and they finished my 10k mile service in just under an hour. They actually underfilled my oil, so I came back the next day and they topped up my oil for free. In fact, the 10k service was free, I only paid $25 for an optional tyre rotation.
Finally, we come to Toyota. This was the most recent one, as our Tundra was due for a 5k service (i think it was just an inspection or something).
Toyota's waiting room
The guys here were super nice as well. When I put on my face mask, which has the BMW M stripes, the service guy was like "Aye you drive a BMW?", to which I said "No, I drive a VW, haha." and he said "Eh, same thing", and we laughed together. They had some Mk5 Supras on display, and one of the employees offered to take my picture with it.
He told me to take off my mask, don't worry.
After having a good look at the new Supras, I sat down with my iPad, and threw on some It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia until the service was done, which took close to no time at all. No popcorn machine, as far as I'm aware :/
Overall, I just like waiting in the lobby of a car dealership. I can't explain why, but there's just something about it. Am I the only one who feels like this?