Re: Manuals on rental cars

Subject: Re: Manuals on rental cars
From: Ken Poshedly <poshedly -at- bellsouth -dot- net>
To: Ladonna Weeks <ladonnaweeks -at- yahoo -dot- com>,techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 22:23:33 -0400

Regarding this manual-in-cars thread, I guess you don't really know
how it will bother you until the moment you need it.

This past weekend I was sent to Houston, TX, to watch and talk with
crewmembers as they used three of my company's concrete pump trucks
to pour several feet of concrete from around midnight until 8 or 9
a.m. for the huge base of a new Embassy Suites Hotel going up there.
(It was 35 feet down from street level and really was quite neat,
sort of like watching three contraptions from War of the Worlds at a
feeding pit.)

Low and behold, the brand new Dodge (only 4 miles on the odometer)
was furnished with no manual. I asked about one from the National Car
Rental clerk in the exit shanty near the airport and I was told "they
(the cars) don't have them anymore."

I was just dying to reset the clock (which was five or six hours and
many minutes off kilter), but didn't have the time myself to
investigate what to do; God help me if I had to change a flat tire
and needed to locate the jack and accompanying tools.

And yes, I'm sure various of you will chime on with exactly what I
should have done.

But then, you weren't there at the time, were you?

Anyway, keep supplying the darn books for the cars.

-- Kenpo in Atlanta

At 05:13 PM 9/23/2009, Ladonna Weeks wrote:
>I once had a rental car from which I could not get the key out of
>the ignition. I finally found the manual which explained the trick.
>I *would not* have figured it out by myself. I am used to Japanese
>cars and this rental car was American. I was visiting my elderly
>aunt and uncle and I doubt they would have been any help, either. So
>I, too, would have been grumpy if the manual had not been available.
>But why did it have to be so unintuitive?

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