Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance Program Makes For A Smile

I do not own stock in Volkswagen, nor paid to do PR work for them.  But I am mighty pleased to again shine a light on what I think is one amazing car company.  When I am treated right, and some one makes a positive impression I feel some sense of duty to highlight it so others will also know where quality can be found.

Today I took my car (purchased in Jan 2011) for an overall check up to make sure tires and belts and battery were all as they should be.  Since the car only has 8,400 miles I asked the service manager about the need for an oil change, which is due every 10,000 miles.

He told me that it would be a good time for an oil change.  In the office when he added the oil change to the original reason I was in for service I asked for an estimate.  He smiled, looked back and me, and said “there is no charge”. 

“But I am having my tires rotated,” I reminded him, and as much indicated that there must be some financial transaction that needed to take place.

It was then he told me that the Volkswagen Carefree Maintenance plan covers any new car bought from 2009 or since, and at 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 miles the oil change and filter, along with the entire checkup including tire rotation, battery check, topping fluids, etc are performed at no cost.

When buying my new car I must have been told all this, but since VW’s are so well constructed and reliable I have not had any reason to think about maintenance, or re-read that portion of the car manual which I covered after the purchase.

Walking out of the service garage with as much money in my checking account as when I arrived, and knowing this will happen for the next couple years for the same service is just another reason I love Volkswagen.

I was reminded upon leaving the dealership today that the last time I was in for an oil change with my previous car I started looking on the lot, and bought a new one that same afternoon.  It was a most unexpected and impromptu purchase that was unlike anything I had ever done before.  That made smiles for Zimbrick in early 2011, and seems to still make for a good story among the guys working there now.

Bottom line for anyone thinking of a new car purchase–take it from one who has driven several VW’s since 2003—there is no more solid build or dependable and comfortable drive than what can be found with a Volkswagen.

And then there are those oil changes that will make you smile.

Volkswagen has every reason to believe it can be the top car company in the world.

Sen. Marco Rubio Has A Richard Nixon Slush Fund Problem

Have we not seen this story  play out with another Republican who was V.P. material?

Even if Florida Sen. Marco Rubio isn’t getting vetted by the Mitt Romney campaign (yet) as a potential running mate, he is enduring an unusual amount of grilling. On Monday, he acknowledged in an interview with Fox News (around 16:20) that it was “a mistake” when he was a state lawmaker to use an American Express card paid for by the Republican Party of Florida to pick up thousands of dollars in personal expenses. He blamed some of the charges on a confused travel agent and others on his own sloppy wallet draw, but he insisted that he reimbursed American Express for all personal expenses. “The Republican Party of Florida never paid my personal expenses,” he said. He also said the matter was “totally resolved years ago.”

Not so. Even putting aside the obvious — why would such a savvy politician continually use a state party credit card for non-party business, requiring him to reimburse the credit card company after the bill had been paid? — questions remain about the more than $100,00 in charges from Nov. 2006 to Nov. 2008. Read the stories written by The Miami Herald and St. Petersburg Times here and here and here and here.

Rubio never released his party credit card records from 2005 and 2006. As a lawmaker, he also raised about $600,000 for two political


Anti-Gay Bigotry In Boscobel, Wisconsin Regarding Baccalaureate

I know it is 2012 in Madison, but does that not also mean it must be 2012 in Boscobel too?

One has to wonder.

An openly gay pastor in the small town of Boscobel said she is being left out of the annual baccalaureate ceremony because of her sexual orientation, and she’s upset about it.

Baccalaureate is a religious ceremony that’s common in many communities to celebrate seniors’ graduation. But the Rev. Jen Johnson said because of her sexual orientation, she isn’t being invited to participate in the ceremony, and she’s tired of staying quiet about it.

Johnson served on the baccalaureate committee for just one year in 2005. She said because of her sexual orientation, she never felt welcome after that. She said she heard threats of people boycotting the service if she was a part of it.

Since then, she hasn’t been invited to sit on the committee again and be a part of the service, as other religious leaders in the community are.

Johnson said she cried during the service in past years because she was not able to be a part of it and that now, she has had enough.

“To be a called, trained, ordained minister in this town and to not be able to celebrate the kids in the community that I love and that I call home — I couldn’t take it anymore,” Johnson said. “I can’t be silent. I can’t be silent.”

She said she wants to be included in the ceremony, and she took her message to Facebook.

“I finally got angry on Friday, and instead of sitting in that anger, I did something about it,” Johnson said.

Aindréas de Transé saw the posting and started a Facebook group to make the community aware of the issue