“How we looking, Don?”
“Well, I can’t pass your inspection unfortunately, because I can’t get the ‘check engine’ light to go off. It’s reading a transmission malfunction code, which you also saw indication of when the light flashed around the D symbol on your gear shift indicator.”
“So, how do we get this taken care of?”
“Having driven it around, I can tell the transmission is on it’s way out, and it will be unsafe to drive soon.”
“So I need to replace the transmission?!”
“It’s looking that way.”
There I stood in the mechanic’s office, facing a $3200 repair on a used car that we had purchased less than one year prior. I was starting to freak out a bit.
“OK Don, let me talk to my wife.”