Seriously Thirsty

So I filled the gas tank on my truck for the first time yesterday. I discovered 3 things while attempting to fill a bottomless pit with fuel:

Compu-burban says I’ll get 500+ miles out of a single tank!

  1. My truck has the optional 31 gallon tank instead of the standard 26 gallon tank.
  2. The gas pump stops you at $90 and makes you put your credit card in again, as if to say: “Hey, we think your tank has a big hole in it and it’s just pouring this stuff out on the ground.”
  3. It costs $107 and change to fill it at current prices. (No, I don’t remember the price. I stopped looking long ago and I’m a much happier person for it. Oh, and I’m too lazy to do the math to figure out an estimate.)

The good news is, now I can drive to our plant in Pennsylvania, drive around for a week and not have to gas up until I’m already on my way home.

Stolen Truck Recovered!

2010 Chevy Suburban LTOkay, so it wasn’t really stolen because it technically wasn’t mine yet… but now it is! As of 9:30pm last night, I am the proud owner of a 2010 Chevrolet Suburban LT! I would have taken a picture last night, but it was so foggy and this truck is so long that a picture of the front wouldn’t have shown the back and vice versa.
Oh it feels good to drive a truck this big again! Jenn is jealous because it has a remote starter. The boys are happy because it has a DVD player. I’m happy because it has mirrors, a working 4 wheel drive, and the steering wheel doesn’t make strange squeaky-balloon sounds when you turn. You’d have to have seen my Cherokee lately to really appreciate that last bit. Speaking of the Cherokee, they gave me $500 for that beat-to-shit conveyance! I was prepared to take anything over $300 for it, so that was a bonus!

Now to make sure I know where all the nearest gas stations are…

Stolen Truck

This past Friday I was very disappointed. I was supposed to drive my new truck to work. The source of my disappointment: I didn’t have a new truck. I have been perusing the Carmax website for a while looking for new vehicles. My ’98 Cherokee is getting pretty rough, and I don’t think it’ll survive another business trip to Pennsylvania. I had found a great looking, gray 2010 Chevy Suburban 4×4 with all the trimmings, and I had pretty much purchased it in my head already. I went to go see it Thursday night, and unless it had some glaring problem, I had every intention of driving it home.

the one that got awaySo Jenn and I arrive at Carmax in Merrillville and go find a sales associate. I tell him about the truck I want to see and he looks it up. We stroll out to the parking lot to look for the behemoth of a truck. You’d think a giant gray Suburban wouldn’t be that hard to find. The sales guys scratches his head for a bit and says, “It should be here!”

We walk back into the store and he goes to the counter to check on it. Apparently it’s being transferred to Naperville at the behest of some other Carmax-savy consumer. Come to find out, had I called before I left, I could have had the truck held and they wouldn’t have been able to transfer it.

To add insult to injury, as we’re leaving the Carmax store we look over and see a sweet looking gray Chevy Suburban. It looks an awful lot like the one I wanted to get. Low and behold, it’s being loaded on to a flatbed truck. As a matter of fact, it was exactly the one I wanted to get, and there it was being hauled away. So close, yet so far away.

We called up to the Naperville store on Saturday and got some insider information. Apparently the guy who requested the transfer is looking to get a Yukon, and the Suburban is his 2nd pick. Well we’re still waiting to see if he passes on the Suburban. If he does and it goes back up for sale, I’m on it!

So the moral of the story is: if you want to look at a vehicle at Carmax, call and have them put it on hold before you drive out there or you may have to watch a tow truck driver haul your vehicle away while you scream at him in vain and he gives your funny looks because he doesn’t know that is your Suburban that he is stealing.

Update: The guy who requested the transfer never showed. I’m having it transferred back to Merrillville. I may have it by Tuesday or Wednesday!