189. The Oil Change (2)
Andy, Moe’s younger brother, called late Wednesday morning.
told Darwin that he’d checked out the Buick
needed repairs. “Go ahead. I’m sitting down,” Darwin
Andy said the car needed new pads on
front disc brakes. It needed a new fuel
. It needed new coolant. It needed new windshield
blades. “How much are the blades?” Darwin asked.
said $12. Darwin said that he’d buy them
Wal-Mart and install them himself.
“Is that it?”
asked. “What about the plugs and wires, and
transmission fluid?” Andy told him that they were
okay. “But I thought I needed to change
transmission fluid every two years or so,” Darwin
. Andy said only if it had a burnt
. “We can’t find a leak in that tire,”
said. “Oh, one more thing—I strongly recommend a
“But that’s a DieHard, and it’s still
two years left on its 100-month warranty,” Darwin
“That battery is over six years old,” Andy
. “You’re already on borrowed time. I can put
a new Interstate that has a 75-month warranty,
it’s 100 percent guaranteed for the first two
Darwin thought about it. He hated to quit
a battery that still had lots of life
it. But, if the DieHard failed, and something
happened to Gilroy, Denise would kill Darwin. Denise
Gilroy’s mom and Darwin’s girlfriend. He asked how
the new battery would be. “$137.46,” Andy said.
, Darwin thought. "So what would that bring the
price to?" he asked. “$593.74,” Andy said.
had been hoping for a $300 bill, he
Andy to go ahead. Andy said he’d call
. If there were no glitches, the Buick would
ready by 5 p.m. I hope there's no
, Darwin thought, because I can't afford any.