At the end of last year I bought myself a car. OK, no big deal, but circumstances dropped the surprise on me. It was not a super excellent deluxe model, just something to go shopping with, but functional. Of course everything was explained, although you do get a book, which is something like encyclopaedia Britannica to read and understand. The salesman organised my car for me, just how I wanted it. A screen to see my speed in digits instead of reading a dial which is very important to me.
So today I took my car to the garage where it got its summer tyres mounted. The winter tyres are now stocked in the garage until next winter.
And so after half an hour it was finished and I drove home, but the speed was not showing on the window, I only had the dial to read. And so back to the garage to tell them to fix it as it was. The lady showed me how to do it. Of course I felt like a fool, but I am just too old for these modern gimmicks. We got home and got out of the car. One of the new developments is that you no longer use a key to shut the car. You just place your hand on the door, it clicks and locks. It works in the opposite direction when you want to open the car. Of course the experienced drivers know all this, but this is my first contact with modern cars. I would add even Mr. Swiss is not really into modern driving, although as a man he understands it better than me.
So we left the car I placed my hand on the door and ….. nothing. It did not lock. After checking if all the doors were closed it still did not work. Oh no, back to the garage. It was when I wanted to get ready to go I realised that I did not have the car key in my pocket. If you do not have the car key, it cannot send its signal to tell the car to open or shut the door. Back to the car with a torch to see if it had dropped out of my pocket in the car. Of course not. The clever lady at the garage that showed me how to operate the instructive screens needed my key and when she was finished just dropped it in the container next to the controls inside the car and there it was. You cannot lock the car if the key is inside.
Now everything is under control. Needless to say I had a few exciting moments this afternoon. I was actually going to drop my blog today for lack of time, but I suppose I had to write it out of my system. Why do these cars have to be so complicated and why are the descriptions so complicated? And to add to my misery, it is all in the german language.