A peace pipe with Allstate

I’ve had auto insurance with Allstate for many years.  It started back in 2004 when I acquired my sainted Grandma Betty’s Pontiac 6000 (as I’ve said before, nobody in their 90’s with a valid Massachusetts driver’s license and cataracts should be allowed behind the wheel).  The coverage remained through my 2005 Saturn Ion “Cardachrome,” and…

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Colonial Car Wash is now dead to me

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post in which I discovered that my bank credit card had been compromised and that some clown was now trying to buy $100 gift cards at a Shop-Rite grocery store in New Jersey?  Yeah, this blog post. Well, now it seems I have an idea as to…

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The Last Apple

November 2012.  It came into my possession, after my previous car, a 2005 Saturn Ion, developed scary electrical failures. And over the past two-plus years, I’ve taken care of this car to the best of my abilities.  I’ve replaced the original performance Linglong tires with four all-weather Pirellis – then replaced two of the Pirellis…

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Thoughts while waiting at the DePaula Chevrolet body shop

What a way to start the morning. I’m here at the DePaula Chevrolet body repair shop. No, I haven’t been in a car accident… but the front right headlight is only working intermittently. I’ve already received one warning from the local ticket-troopers, and I don’t want a second warning – well, warning would most likely…

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DePaula Chevrolet does not listen to me

Last August, I wrote a blog post about how DePaula Chevrolet still thinks that I own my 2005 Saturn Ion “Cardachrome,” even though I got rid of it nearly two years ago.  After a blog post and a few calls over to the dealership, they agreed that I shouldn’t be receiving these zombie e-mails and…

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“I don’t own Cardachrome any more, DePaula Chevrolet!!”

First off, let me start this blog post by stating that I’ve appreciated all the support DePaula Chevrolet has provided to my vehicles.  They took detailed care of my 1991 Pontiac 6000, and kept it going for longer than that car should have been allowed to live.  When the car died in March 2010, they…

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How Valvoline, Mavis and Hoffman’s saved my weekend

It’s Friday morning, and I’m trying to get everything taken care of prior to a weekend vacation with my girlfriend Nicole.  Packing – done.  Camera batteries charged – done. Now all I have to do is make sure that my 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS – colloquially nicknamed “The “Blackbird” – is all ship-shape for a…

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