I “technically” am now a complete LUDDITE when it comes to our cars
I wasn’t always this way…
When I was 16, being able to do the basics was a REQUIRED element to getting my Drivers License
So while inDrivingSchoolI learned how to… Check Tire Pressure and Fluid Levels, Top-up Washer Fluid, Do a Fuel Fill-up, Give or Get a Boost… even Change a Tire !!
Fast-forward about 4 Decades, and now I do virtually zip… and Mr TTR does pretty much ALL of it.
Before I met Mr TTR, I owned a fairly new and reliable vehicle… that I had when my Ex-H and I split up.
Lol, having a NEW vehicle is very important for someone who doesn’t have much interest in car maintenance…
The extent of MY chores were filling the windshield wiper fluid, and checking the air pressure in my tires… two things you have to be more aware of if you live in an Extreme Climate like Canada.
Everything else I paid other people to do… by taking the car into the Dealership (NEVER ever did I feel intimidated by that experience… I may not be able to do a lot of stuff… but I have no problem doing research and being informed… I would not just blindly hand off my car. And if I wasn’t sure of anything, I am also a gal who is willing to walk, get a second opinon etc). BUT like I said, my car was a newer one, so things were pretty straight forward.
But am I interested in MY TIME being spent on maintenance… NO
Including cleaning it… I would get it fully “detailed” at least once a year. Outside of that, I’d go thru the car wash every 7 to 10 days year round, and at least once a season pay to have it vacuumed out and given a good hand-wash / polish.
Lol, I didn’t even pump my own gas… preferring instead to frequent the places that offered full-serve (this habit of mine, still makes Mr TTR *shake his head*… but hey, I JUST HATE the smell of gasoline on my hands or worse yet my clothes !! YES I am such a Girlie-Girl)
Now 7+ years on, and together Mr TTR and I own 2 vehicles… both relatively new and in good condition.
He takes care of cars, and all their maintenance issues (thank goodness).
He has a LOVE of cars, and was a gas-jockey in High School… and worked summers in a Garage when he was in his 20s…
So he knows a lot of stuff about cars, which comes in handy, because altho our cars are new, I never feel he’s gonna get ripped off by car repairs / slick salesmen if we need more
His car love is kinda cute…
Besides us taking in car shows… both the NEW kind, as well as the classics, he’s taught me that cars can be interesting. I am now a big fan of various car shows such as Motoring Tv Canada – and Top Gear (the UK version)
Spring thru Fall, he LOVES hand-washing our cars… he says it is a mindless way to relax on a hot summer day… and he takes great pride when the cars look amazing
NOTE – When I was dating after my Divorce, it became quite apparent to me that when a man likes you / is into you… he’ll wash his car before he picks you up / takes you out on date. Weird guy custom. Mr TTR still does this… (I’ve never told him that I’ve noticed this “tell”… but I do make a point of saying “Thank You” when we head off on our date)