Saturday, January 8, 2011

My Big Girl Panties Just Got a Little Bigger

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Let me start off by saying that my new tires are STILL not on my car.....

Ah, the car saga continues!

The day after I talked to the previous owner, he called me and told me he remembered where the lug nut  key was. Score! It was in the black bag in the trunk with the lug nut changer. BUT it was in a hidden pocket on the inside flap that neither I, nor the mechanic saw. I never would have found it! So I called and made another appointment to have my new tires put on.

I was cautiously optimistic that things would go well today and I would drive out of there with my new tires on. How wrong I was. *shakes head*

After about 20 minutes, the main mechanic comes out and says, "Who sold you those tires?". Me: Um, I ordered them online, why?" (dread was rolling through me at this point)

Apparently, the "all weather" tires that we ordered from the States arent actually "all weather" tires here in Germany. WTF, right?!?! He said that they were basically the same as the tires that I already had on my car (summer tires) and there was no point in changing them. He recommended I keep them for the summer and buy winter tires. Oh, and they werent even the right size. Im thinking "You have GOT to be kidding me"!

Sooo, I head home once again without my new tires and called up the company that we ordered them from.  They were very adamant that the tires are "all weather", at least in the States they are. Germany must have different standards for what qualifies as "all weather". Thankfully, the guy on the phone was super nice and helped me order WINTER tires and in the correct size. They are refunding all of my money PLUS reimbursing me for the shipping costs to send the wrong tires back. And I did it all by myself. =)

Now I've got to figure out how to mail the suckers back....


11 comments:

♥ Elizabeth said...

Oh my goodness :O Could there be any more drama surrounding something we take for granted as easy peasy? I am so sorry to hear about this whole ordeal! I've been catching up and good grief girl- You should get a medal!

Mary Teresa said...

m+s (mud and snow) tires are considered all weather in Germany. But they must have m+s on the some place. The things you never cared a diddly about until now huh? Glad your big girl panties expanded to cover the required crappiness! =)

The Undomestic Army Wife said...

I could ask the people in the post office. I know the other day I saw someone pick up tires that they had ordered and they weren't in a box. They had just been tied together. But the people at the post office should be able to help. I know the ones at ours are extremely helpful.

Jessica @ {Mis}Adventures of an Army Wife said...

I feel like if I can mail a kickball from WA to Afghanistan and a coconut from Hawaii to WA without any sort of packaging, I don't know why you just couldn't have the post office slap some postage on those puppies!

annoyed army wife said...

I am so happy this story ended on a good note! And kudos for you and your big girl panties!

Nina said...

Quite an adventure you have had with the tires. It's pretty painful when the "snow tires" in Germany are completely different from the four-season tires here in the States.
But on the other hand, those European standard tires are so much better in snowy conditions than the ones we have here.
Happy driving out there!!!!

Angela Noelle said...

Good gravy! What an epic journey!

Angela Noelle said...

Good gravy! What an epic journey!

mygoalissimple.com said...

Ugh, what a headache! Way to do it all by yourself. :)

Sara @ Life With the Two said...

This just proves you are too fabulous for your own good.

Maranda said...

I was keeping up with this drama through twitter. That's the pits man!