It ends up that Joe Jetta will be away from me for a few days.
The dude that I spoke to the other day mislead me. NO Volkswagen dealers in the Puget Sound area have body shops ... so I can't get my mirror fixed here, either. After staring icily into the service leader's face while expressing my displeasure at driving 35 miles for the same service I could have gotten in the city, I asked - nicely - to at least have the oil changed and a general maintenance check done.
Scott followed in his car (well, got a little lost, but showed up about 15 minutes later), so we got in his car and drove up Auto Row. Stopped at the Jeep dealership to take a peek at someday replacing his 2001 Grand Cherokee. Vultures/zombies/vampires descended on us, even in the rain. Only saw a few Cherokees - all 2008 models marked WAY down. Like $23K for a nicely-equipped model. Wow. (Spent time smacking away the drooling, starved salespeople).
Went to the Auburn Supermall to waste some time. Outdated and a little sad even when the economy was good. Today, it seemed like half the stores had gone out of business and there were about 20 people in this quite large mall at 12:30 PM on a rainy Saturday. The biggest stores were Old Navy and Dress Barn.
The dealership called while at the mall. A long list of items that should be fixed - and after trying to clarify for 5 minutes, most were cosmetic, which I said no to for the time being (everything all together would have been about $1,200). I would have gladly had the cosmetic stuff fixed (repair a scratched grill and a scratched wheel) ... except that it appears I need a new CV boot/joint (which needs to be ordered). How the hell did that get torn? Ugh. My extended warranty should cover it (but I won't know until Monday, since the brokers are closed on Saturdays), which would mean that for a replaced mirror/paint job (they'll have a body shop do it since Joe will be with them for a few days), new CV boot/joint, oil change, tire rotation, and brake flush, I'll be spending about $650. If the warranty won't cover the CV joint, add another $800 + to that. I feel sick.
Joe will be at the VW Hospital until probably Thursday. (Whaaa????). So I got a loaner. A 2009 VW Rabbit. I've named him Roger. Roger Rabbit.
Of course, I'll be a moving billboard for the next few days.