As I've written about in the past, my car and I have been through a lot together.
So last week, I thought to myself,
why not write to GMC and tell them she's been a pretty good car?
So I did.
I found their website.
I located the form-letter e-mail I needed to submit my comments.
I told them, in 500 words or less, that I've had her for nine years, that she has 216,000+ miles on her, that we've survived two major T-bone collisions with nary a scratch on any of her passengers.
I may or may not have actually used the word nary.
That very night, though I missed it, I received an e-mail from GMC that let me know how happy they were that Beulah has been such a reliable car for me. They wrote that a representative would be calling me in the morning.
The next morning, though I missed it, a representative called me and bubbled with excitement in hopes of speaking with me.
That afternoon, another e-mail, asking me for my VIN and the name of the dealership I had bought my car from.
To be honest? I was starting to get excited. Starting to think perhaps they would want to reward me in some way.
Would they want a testimonial from me?
Would they be giving me some money towards a new car?
Would they want to have me star in a commercial for them?
Would they want to give me a brand-new CAR?!
That night, after receiving the asked-for information, another e-mail. They would be calling me in the morning between 10 and 12.
I tossed and turned all night, and woke up early, atremble with the possibilities.
I brushed my teeth with extra vigor so my voice would sound minty fresh over the phone.
I ran to the barn to do my chores in record time to ensure I would be back to the house in time for the anticipated phone call.
I sat at my desk, phone in hand, finger poised over the 'talk' button, waiting....
The phone call came. The woman was clearly excited to talk to me.
She praised my remarkable car-keeping powers.
She said GMC wanted to recognize me as a valued customer.
Here it comes, I thought.
My life is about to change forever....
I held my breath as she spoke the words:
"We'd like to send you a coupon for a FREE oil change...!"
Cancel my makeover.
Throw me a bone?
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