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Replacing the Hyundai Accents Door Lock Actuator My Life 07 NOV 2015

Chantelle and I were quite looking forward to spending a night at the 12 Apostles hotel in Cape Town as a gift to ourselves for our wedding anniversary/birthday celebrations, but of course, that damn thing known as adult responsibilities kind of stepped in the way of that.

IMG_20150117_110100 2007 hyundai accent being opened by my little ponies

During the week, a quick trip to Pick ‘n Pay turned into a fun spectacle for Chantelle when after parking, she found that she was unable to unlock the driver’s door on our Hyundai Accent. This of course meant that for the rest of the day, the only option for exiting and entering the car would of course be coming in through the passenger door, gingerly levering one’s self over the gear knob, and then sliding into the driver’s seat.

And considering that we’re not exactly the lightest people around, this in itself is quite a spectacle for amused onlookers.

Naturally, because this also meant that we couldn’t set the alarm on the car, this needed to get fixed ASAP, so a quick trip to Hyundai Helderberg had them diagnosing the problem and placing an order for a new car door lock actuator for our 2007 Accent. (Yes, I could save money, buy the part and do it myself, but hey, I’m not THAT into DIY thank you very much).

Anyway, one day and R2,304 later, we can now enter and exit the Accent like normal adults.

A small price to pay to in order to save the gear knob any further potentially traumatic experiences…

Enlightened Timing My Life 16 AUG 2013

hyundai getz headlamp bulbMy Hyundai Getz came back from it’s 90,000 km service a couple of weeks ago (great, it’s still on a service plan), and as timing would have it, Chantelle’s Hyundai Getz went in yesterday for its 165,000 km service (not so great because this one is straight out of our pocket, R1,600 this time around).

Not that our car services is the reason for this silly little post mind you. Instead, I had to chuckle at an unexpected stroke of good timing, though I’m not sure whether I should laugh or be sad to be quite honest.

You see, as we hopped into my car late afternoon to go and pick up Chantelle’s car following the phone call from Helderberg Hyundai Service Center had come in, I turned on the ignition, flicked on the headlights (it was raining), and immediately cursed in despair when brightly reflecting back at me off our sliding door was only one headlamp.

Sigh.

But like I said, impeccable timing.

Here I was, already on my way to the Service Center, meaning that in one fell swoop we could pay for Chantelle’s service and I could purchase a new lamp*.

(Which I then installed myself. After all, I did go through this with the opposite front headlamp some time last year!)

So, enlightened timing indeed! ;)

*Pleasingly, this only weighed in a R45 for the bulb.

UPDATE: This bulb lasted something ridiculous like only three or four weeks. Damn it. Anyway, the latest replacement bulb seems to be doing a slightly better job at staying alive!

Fixed: Hyundai Getz Central Locking My Life 28 JUL 2013

new-hyundai-getz-at-homeAt last! Finally the central locking on my 2010 Hyundai Getz has been repaired, meaning that all the doors unlock when I open the driver’s door lock, and all the doors lock when I close the driver’s door lock – seriously, you won’t believe how happy this makes me, after sitting with this problem since 2011 already!

I took the car in during the week for its 90,000 km service (already!), and as per usual Hyundai Helderberg did a superb job in impressing me both with the high level of customer service as well as their service professionalism.

Thankfully I’m still under my original service plan and warranty because the service rang up to a total of R4,350, but what made me really happy that for the first time since I began reporting my intermittently working central locking to their service department, I didn’t get a “I checked, cleaned the contacts, can’t find anything wrong” answer – this time it was a proper, “the central locking actuator appears to have packed up and we’ve ordered another one which should arrive shortly” response.

So a couple of days later it was back to the Hyundai service center early morning to drop off the car, only to return a couple of hours later and pick up a shiny charcoal grey Getz, complete with a working central locking system!

Bliss I tell you, bliss.

Gina G. Getz’s First Check-up My Life 07 OCT 2010

So my beloved little 1.4 Gina G. Getz has managed to clock up to her 15,000 kilometre mark already, after owning her for just over six months now, meaning she is travelling in excess of 2,000 kilometres per month!

The girl looks rather mean in this cropped shot, doesn't she?

This does of course mean that my extended warranty taken out on my brand spanking new car might not exactly last for all that long at the rate at which I’m going, but hey, I need to get to work, so what can one do?

Anyway, the 15,000 kilometre achievement (I half expect to hear the XBOX happy noise to play in my head when the odometer hits the precise achievement value) brings with it Gina G. Getz’s first official check-up (or service if you will), meaning that come next Monday 11/10/2010, my girl will be sitting in the hands of some unknown greasy mechanic as he fondles her and attempts to get off her bits one by one.

But it must be done and thanks to all the paperwork and all that extra money I’m paying  a month, this little trip shouldn’t cost me a cent – but that still doesn’t mean I like the prospect of hearing about any potential things that might have gone wrong with her already!

At least I scored a free lift back to Gordon’s Bay in the morning though, so the guys over at Hyundai Helderberg can’t be all that bad I suppose! :P

The Arrival of Gina G. Getz My Life 05 APR 2010

Jetta Jameson. My beloved chariot is getting a little long in the tooth now. 12 years old, lots of kilometers on the clock, the simple fact of the matter is that she can no longer keep up with my demands (well, she’s not that perky any more). The 100 km there and back daily commute is proving to be too much for her to handle and as such over the last while I’ve found myself taking her in for repair work on a far more regular basis that what I should be doing.

My old trusty steed, Jetta Jameson

The last incident was the straw that broke the camel’s back to be honest.

I had just spent a couple of thousand having her clutch replaced and her serviced when literally a week later she started leaking water, forcing me to continuously pull over to the side of the road in order to top the thirsty broad up. I took her into my mechanic and his initial thoughts that it can’t be something particularly good. Luckily for me though, his thoughts proved unfounded and the guilty culprits, cracked water flanges, were brought to justice and replaced, but not before putting me out of pocked once again.

At this point one realises that the scale which balances out running an old car against paying off a new car appears to have finally slipped in the new car direction, forcing me to make a snap judgement and decide that enough was enough, in order to get some reliability back in my life, I’d need to swallow the bitter pill of introducing my first ever taste of debt into my life and buy a new car.

So I did.

And it was a particularly painless process. I spent a morning browsing all major manufacturer’s websites, comparing models and prices. I knew I was in the market for a hatchback and something in the 1.4 or 1.6 market. After a quick burst of information gathering and eliminating some potentials thanks to discussions I had with various people (like my mechanic), I narrowed down the possibles to two options. Either a new Volkswagen Polo Vivo or a Hyundai Getz. However, the Vivo lagged behind as a choice right from the get go. Although the base price of a Polo is sitting very low at R107,000, it comes with virtually nothing. Everything else you need to bolt on, and that quickly shoots up the price into the same region as the Getz. The Getz on the other hand was sitting pretty right from the start. Remember, Chantelle has an older 2004 model and I absolutely love her car. I know it, I know how it feels and I know how it drives. So that’s a plus. But of course, the final nail in the Polo’s coffin was the timing of my decision. Television and radio adverts were currently flitting about announcing a R10 000 saving on buying a Getz in the month of March, putting it price at a fairly reasonable R117,000 for the standard 1.4 A/C model.

So in the space of a single morning, I had picked out the make I wanted to buy, picked out the model and derivative, and even contacted the local Hyundai Helderberg (Somerset West) branch to get some more information on the special and specs of the car. They almost instantly phoned back following my enquiry, and I spoke to a nice and friendly woman by the name of Tammy over the phone. She game me the info I asked for and I then suggested that I’ll most likely pop in on Saturday to see her.

Which is exactly what Chantelle and I did the Saturday before last. We met this marvellously friendly and easy going woman by the name of Tammy Geldenhuys who showed us around the car, tantalized Chantelle with talk about the I20, and answered all my loaded questions with ease and honesty, something that I really took to. So there and then I made the offer to purchase, citing that I wanted a matte black 1.4 Getz – and this was without seeing one sitting around or without even taking one out for a test drive. I just knew I wanted it.

The next step was my introduction to Jannie Swart, the financial guy at Hyundai Helderberg. We chatted and I made an official application for finance, choosing to lay down a fairly big deposit out of my own pocket and finance the rest. We chatted, Chantelle left us to have her hair done, and I eventually stepped out with two business cards and instructions on various documents I would need to fax through to Jannie as soon as possible.

Which was obviously Monday at the office. Though as Murphy’s Law would have it, the entire Westlake Business Park was sitting without their Telkom phone lines for the whole morning, meaning that my urgent need to fax had to sit down and take a backseat while I waited upon Telkom to sort out their mess. So much later than promised, I did eventually fax through my documents, though the delay had a knock-on affect meaning that my application to finance took a little longer to get approved, as did the window for getting my car registered by Hyundai. The other bad news coming out of Monday was of course that in the end they couldn’t source a matte black Getz that I so badly wanted anywhere in the country, so I had to settle for my second choice colour, namely the metallic midnight grey version – and man am I glad I did!

What a beautiful colour car. Changing appearance as the light changes, this metallic colour is perfect as far as I’m concerned. And in hindsight, I now have no idea why I wanted the black so badly in the first place. Far, far more practical and beautiful is now what I sit with! :)

Anyway, back to the story. So the delays kept on coming and I kept on phoning to find out what the progress is (my only niggle was this point. They really could have made more of an effort in keeping me in the loop!), until eventually Tammy said everything is sorted, I can come pick up the car on Wednesday afternoon.

Needless to say, a very, very excited Craig departed from work quite early on in the afternoon, picked up Chantelle and the camera and then happily darted through to the dealership, with a grin broader than any Chesire cat’s.

And there she stood. Beautiful. Tammy hastily affixed the giant red ribbon as we stepped inside and after a quick sit down and explanation of things to come with her, I then moved to the boring bit which involves signing paper after paper after paper with Jannie. But it was all worth it. With her shiny new number plates attached and a quick rundown of the interior, she was mine! Letting Chantelle have the honour of taking her off the showroom floor and giving her the first drive, I proudly stood aside, camera in hand. and watched her slowly edge out of the showroom and into the big bad world.

It was awesome.

Some idiot taking possession of a brand spanking new midnight grey Hyundai Getz.

The giant bow. Perfect accessory for a new car you know!

Chantelle about to steal the Getz off the showroom floor. Note the sales lady that she's kidnapped beside her...

Anyway, now she’s home and I’m pleased to report, an absolute pleasure to drive. Her low power in relation to a 1.6 means that she’s remarkably smooth to drive and doesn’t feel quite as jumpy as Chantelle’s sometimes does, meaning that I really just eased into driving her with no adaptation at all. She turns well, feels light, has a pretty interior (with radio controls on the steering wheel) and can go as fast as I need her to go, and this pretty much sums up how I feel about her.

I absolutely love driving her and think that the decision in the end was the right one.

(Just a pity it’s going to take me six years to pay her off!)

Gina G. the new lady in my life sitting snuggly at her new home

So world, say hello to the gorgeous Gina G., the new lady in my life! ;)