As you probably know, owning a car is like having a hole in your pocket. Money is always dripping from the hole. No matter how hard you try to keep the money from escaping from your pockets, the dripping continues. If you stop spending on the maintenance of your car, it will eventually stop and say “No mas, no mas”, and you’re cajoled into buying a new buggy. For a retiree like me, the option of buying a new vehicle is almost non-existent, unless you want to become a prisoner of a greedy bank. I’ve made a promise to keep away from those guys. Been there, done that.
Anyway, going back to my story, last Monday I went to Chapistar to have the four rings of my Toyota Corolla 2006 painted. They were getting rusty due to the salty air in Panama City and a new coat of paint was badly needed. Chapistar was asking $200.00 to remove the rust and paint four rings with polyurethane paint. I thought it was pretty steep, but it was necessary. We counted our hard-earned pennies and decided to give it a Go. Five days later, I went to pick up my car and it looked like a new buggy; the rings were sparkling clean and good-looking.
To complete the overall appearance of the vehicle, I went over to El Machetazo where we usually buy our stuff, and purchased four valve caps with a bright scarlet color. It was pretty jazzy for my taste, but it was the only color they had on hand, and I wasn’t willing to spend more gasoline looking for conservative-looking valve caps. I bought them.
Below are several pictures of my Toyota Corolla 2006 with its recently painted rings and the four scarlet-color valve caps. Here we go. I know these pictures will some day make me famous. (Tongue-in-Cheek)
The next maintenance job will be on March 21, 2013 (next Thursday). Toyo Movil (a small Toyota truck) will come to our house to change the engine oil, the oil filter, and other small maintenance touches. I also requested a complete clean up of the engine called “Motor Flush” which consists of draining all the oil from the engine, removing the sludge deposited at the bottom, and flushing the engine with a special cleaning chemical. According to the Toyota people, this will enhance the efficiency of the motor.
The cost of this maintenance if $100.00. As I said earlier, having a car is not for the faint of heart. Good Day.