So today was going to be one of those days, you know the sort. Lots to do, errands to run, cooking to do, a blog post to write about a pretty terrific book. And then. Your car doesn't start. Luckily, I can walk the girl to school. Done. Next three hours are spent getting the car towed less than half a mile from my house. Watched my poor car get dragged out of the garage since it won't go into neutral. Can't be good for the tires. And the garage is on an alley. A narrow alley. Finally, finally, we get to the car place and they're going to replace my battery. Great. I'll go home and take a shower while you do that. And then. Pick up car, things are going to be great, gonna get something done. And then. AND THEN.
So I am one of those 'rah rah I love Honda!' people, one of those 'I'll never buy anything but a Honda!' people. Well. Hrmph. I don't know if they still do this, but Honda, Honda has this really GREAT anti-theft device on their radios, it works so well that I need a code to get the radio to work after the battery has been disconnected, a code they supposedly gave me MORE THAN NINE YEARS AGO WHEN I BOUGHT THE CAR AND IT'S ON SOME LITTLE WHITE CARD. Right. But, call the dealer and give then your vehicle number and they'll get it for you. Great, I'll do that. But no. They don't do that. They need a serial number from your radio, it's on the back of your radio and yes, you'll need to come in for a service appointment and your dashboard will have to be DISMANTLED to find said serial number, AND Honda would like to CHARGE me to perform this service. WHAT???!!!!!!?????
This may be one of the stupidest things I've ever heard of. I mean, lets think about the number of people who get their radio stolen vs. the number of people who need to get a new battery. It's hard to imagine the number of people this has 'INCONVENIENCED' - I found one blog post about this with 348 comments. So after I looked thought the glove box twice, the file with all the car information twice, I realized one place I hadn't looked for the SECRET CODE. And I found it. After I had a huge temper tantrum (I was alone in case you're concerned) and got in a tiff with the people at Honda demanding to 'speak to your manager!!!!'
So I am one of the lucky ones. I didn't have to pay $125 to get my radio back that I already paid for once. Take home message - make sure you find that code before you change the battery in your Honda.
I thought this might make me feel better, and it has.