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This is my story/nightmare about my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero repairs.

My car has been in for repairs since April 30th, 2015.

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, The apartment manager picked me up. Took me to the bank then to the grocery store. Wow! I actually got to get out of town for the first time in a month. This was sometime after 8 in the morning. I got back and put groceries away. Spent the rest of the day as I usually do.

At 5:33 p.m. I figured I better call Doug to see if anything happened with my car which I figured nothing probably had. He put me on hold right away as he had another call. When he got back to talk to me he proceeded to tell me that he was just about to call me. Yeah sure ok if he says so. He then tells me that Ophena had been picked up by his worker Alan and that the animal shelter charged him a lot of money. I'm supposed to care about this I guess.

Continuing to tell me what happened with his day he says that a car hoist had been delivered. They did not have a forklift so they took it down/off by hand and it hit his classic car. Doug goes on to say how not all of the parts to the hoist were there. Oh yes and his Mother had an oil change scheduled that day. He told me that he was coming over to get me right now and that he still wants to show me everything he has done to my car. I told him ok but that I was in my pajamas. That was ok with him so the conversation ended with him going to come over to get me.

At 5:43 p.m., 10 minutes later I call him back to tell him not to come over. I'm hoping he did not leave yet. He answered. Good. I told him that I didn't need to see what he has done to my car and that I just want my car finished and back to me.
We then talk about my car and how they had flushed the heater core or however you say that. He plans on putting a new water pump on it and then if it is still overheating that he will put in a different radiator. Not new just different. Where is he going to get the money for this you may ask? Doug goes on to tell me that he is going to take money out of his 401k from working at Ho Chunk. He has only been working there he tells me for 2 years so he doesn't have much in his 401k but he will take out $1000 to hopefully help keep his business up and running. Also to fix my car. He talks about going out of business as he has mentioned at least once before. He says if he does anything though he will fix my car he insists. Doug tells me that fixing my car will be his greatest accomplishment in his life. It has supposedly been the most difficult car and a stress to him.

Something my Mother had suggested I brought up to Doug. I told him that my Mother suggested he give me a car on his lot of a $2500 value. A good running car and that he could continue to tinker with my car and then sell it when he gets it repaired. Should I have been surprised when he then told me about a 1997 Lumina with 163 or 164,000 miles on it that he has. I told him that I want my car back. That it's my baby. I also said that I would then have to register a different vehicle and that I didn't have the money for that. He seemed to understand that.

Again we talked about what he was going to do to try to repair my car. He brought up that what extra it is going to cost that I could pay him back at $10 to $20 a month. He won't try to get me to sign something agreeing to that will he? I certainly hope not. Hmmmm. Well so this is the way the conversation ended. I told him I would talk to him again soon. Should I call him tomorrow to find out if he got the money out of his 401k and if he is putting repairing my car as a top priority? Well it obviously hasn't been or he would have had it finished by now. This is the craziest business experience I have ever had with anyone. When should I call him back?

To be continued...

Other weeks are here:

Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4, Week 5a, Week 5b,

Week 5c, Week 5d, Week 6, Week 7a, Week 7b, Week 7c,

Week 7d, Week 7e, Week 7f, Week 7g, Week 8a, Week 8b

***To listen to some mp3 files click here.***

Damage to my bumper can be read about here:

Please read about my 2002 Oldsmobile Alero repairs here:

To read about Doug Pattridge playing stupid click here:

To find out about the voicemail that Doug Pattridge left for me click here:

Trying to get an invoice was like pulling teeth. For more about that click here:

Trying to get an invoice was like pulling teeth. For more about that click here:

Total $2791.76

My Facebook Notes

Central Union Autos, FB page

Doug Pattridge, owner of Central Union Autos, FB page

Lesson learned: Do not take your car to be repaired to a business that is just starting up.


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