Monday, October 6, 2008

Oil Change

Last Friday I went to a local Jiffy Lube to have the oil changed in my car. I am used to changing my own oil coming from a farming and ranching background, but here in Missoula I don't have the resources to do so. While sitting in the office waiting for them to finish the job I witnessed the exploitation of peoples lack of common knowledge. Every day dozens of innocent motorists are tricked into spending much more than they have to at routine service stops. The number one tactic is to bring your engine air filter in for you to see. Air filters will look dirty but wont necessarily need to be changed. Employees will advise that the air filter should be changed. Many people don't know what to look for when checking the filter and assume since it looks dirty then it needs to be changed. With that, twenty dollars gets added to your bill. Another tactic happens when they show you a chart of recommended maintenance from the company who built your car. ( such as Honda, Chevrolet, Ford etc...) Often time these don't even match up to the actual recommended maintenance from the manufacturer. My advice is, before you take your vehical in for standard maintenance brush up on a little auto knowledge to save money.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Gubernatorial Debate

As many Montanans know the first gubernatorial debate for the 2008 elections was held in Missoula on September 15. I attended this event and I noticed a few things. I was not at all impressed with the way Governor Brian Schweitzer was handling himself. It was like watching a young child with a temper. It left me thinking to myself, "wow this is the man Montanans voted into office." After watching him act as he did I can't see how anyone would have wanted to vote for him? On the other hand Republican Candidate Roy Brown conducted himself very well. He was cool headed and remained calm even when Schweitzer would rudely cut him off in mid sentence. I was very impressed with Mr. Brown, having watched the debate and hearing the issues my vote will hands down go to Roy Brown.

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