Getting a safety check is easy, right?

You’re not half as tired of reading about my car as I am of writing about it, or paying for it!  But, I have a few reasons for telling you this one so just bear with me.  I needed a safety check.  No problem, right?  Right blinker, left blinker, wipers, horn, etc.  They all work, “here’s you sticker.”   That’s how it usually goes, right?  Wrong!

It’s not that easy when the safety check is done correctly.  Apparently, what I just described is how some not-so-thorough businesses have managed to get themselves shut down — they have not been abiding by the rules.  I honestly didn’t know there was supposed to be more than blinkers and horns, etc.

See, I thought I would go to my Flagship friends because they have been so good to me.  It’s just a few dollars for a safety check but I want to support my favorite businesses when I can.  So, off we go to Waipio!

My too efficient friends are here at Waipio Flagship.

How was I supposed to know they are so damn efficient and anally accurate???  After two hours (they were busy) I was beginning to get mildly irritated.  Thoughts like, “Just gimme my sticker!” were running through my head.  Nope, not doing it.

They were looking under the hood, which I thought was strange, so I asked them, “What’s the problem?  You guys are making me nervous.”  Apparently my battery wasn’t tied down firmly because the tray it sits on was broken.  So? What does that have to do with anything?  I’m thinking: “What’s it to you?!?”  I did say, “You’re kidding, right?”  Then I got the scare tactic, albeit probably accurate.  Again with the accurate.

“You know those car fires on the freeway you hear about?”


“80% of the time those are probably because of the battery.”

He continued about sparks blah, blah, and unstable batteries, etc., etc.  Okay, okay, I get it.  “If I go get the tray will you guys put it on for me?”  Sure, they would do that.  Off I go to Checkers Auto Parts to get one.  When I asked for the tray the guy behind the counter grinned and asked, “Safety check time?”  Ahhh, this is not new.  New to me, but not new.

Back to Flagship with the tray and yet more waiting time.  Soon I was informed that the tray would not fit.  What?!?  The original tray has a funky shape so the generic tray wouldn’t fit.  Flagship gave me a temporary safety check — they were not going to let go of the sticker.  My car wasn’t “safe.”

Next step, call Toyota and ask if they have a battery tray for a 1992, blah, blah, blah.  “We don’t have any of those.”  A loud buzzer sounds in my head — WRONG ANSWER!  In typical Toyota fashion, this was a specialty item for a car that thinks it’s special.  She’s a brat!  What can I say?  Next move, call the junk yards.  After three junk yards I was out of luck and thoroughly disgusted.

This is an entire day gone — a day I will never get back!  A day wasted on a frickin’ safety check.  I just want to go home!  Stupid battery!  Flagship had to charge it for me at least two, maybe three, times because it kept going dead.

Wait, about that commercial — battery, battery, Battery Bill!  If they can’t fix it, nobody can!  They did.  That battery is not moving anymore.  At all!  This is why commercials with jingles are essential.  Okay, now I’ll go back on Saturday and get my permanent sticker.

Saturday morning comes and, “What do you mean you’re out of stickers?”  Apparently everybody else wanted their safety checks from them too.  What’s that?  Kapolei had no stickers or safety check person on deck.  “But our Wahiawa location has stickers.”  Wahiawa? I don’t know Wahiawa.  I’ll get lost.

I found it.  Apparently, it seemed, Waipio had already called them and given them the heads up.

The Wahiawa location of Flagship FastLube

You can’t say they are in the boonies.  They are in Wahiawa.  You can say that Wahiawa is in the boonies!  I have to admit that it was peaceful and very laid back there.

Another little building is the Customer Lounge!

This location was definitely big on customer comfort!  This customer lounge was air conditioned.

Inside the Wahiawa Flagship’s Customer Lounge

There were tall bar-stool-type chairs.

Coffee bar inside the Customer Lounge

There was coffee, a microwave, and a telephone — what else do you need?  I could get comfortable here! I didn’t need to get comfortable.  I got my sticker!

Check your battery trays, please!  Make sure those batteries are secure!  If you got your sticker and your battery is moving all over the place, you might want to think about changing establishments.  Be safe!

I will have NO MORE CAR PROBLEMS until next October! If I do, I just won’t tell you guys about it.  I’m not going to tell you that the front bumper of my car fell off.  Well, unless it leads to something interesting.

Kudos to Waipio Flagship FastLube for being fuss budgets about the Safety Check rules!  I can say that now — now that I’m done being irritated.  After all my annoyance it dawned on me that they may have saved my life.  Did I say that Flagship is a great place to take your car?  But, they’re still not on Facebook.

I made it to Wahiawa and got my sticker.  I was also able to get over and see something that I have been waiting to get to for quite some time.  But, that’s for another post.  A shorter one.  Coming Soon! 

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 gigi-hawaii // Dec 20, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Terrible experience! Hubby always takes my 2002 Hyundai Accent to Goodyear at Stadium Mall. No problem, yet. I always get my sticker in an hour or less.

  • 2 Evelyn // Dec 20, 2010 at 6:47 am

    I know what you’re saying — it’s usually ’round about a half hour. There’s nobody to blame, Gigi, they were doing their job and protecting me, as a safety check should. Make sure you check your battery! 🙂

    I knew it was loose but I didn’t know why. I also didn’t care! Now I will! I don’t even know when that tray broke or how long it has been that way! I have theories of who to hand the blame to, but I can’t prove it so it’s moot.

  • 3 Karen of Honolulu // Dec 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Oh I wish our car problems were only this good. Ours started off with one of those huge round bombs hitting one of our cars January 1st and shattering the windshield and messing the dashboard.

    It ended with my granddaughters car getting stolen and totaled and two kids dieing in the wreck.
    Then my son in law and granddaughter got sandwiched in between two cars and totaling my son in laws car. They are both fine though. I just hope the new year gives us better luck with the cars.
    Or maybe we shouldn’t buy another Scion which both cars were.

  • 4 Evelyn // Dec 27, 2010 at 6:27 am

    OMG, Karen! How horrible! We just seem to have too many problems with cars. There must be one with better luck! Sheesh! Whatever you do, stay safe and watch out for New Years and all the fireworks they keep talking about!

  • 5 Karen of Honolulu // Dec 27, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Let’s just hope it rains really hard!

  • 6 Evelyn // Dec 27, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Well, that rain is starting pretty well this morning! With all the rain we’ve been having, I don’t think we have much that is dry enough to burn right now anyway! I’m amazed that fireworks took out your windshield!

  • 7 Karen of Honolulu // Dec 27, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    If you want to see how big the bomb was go to my flicker site. I have photos of the bomb and the damage it did to the car.

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  • 9 James Bergman // Apr 7, 2016 at 6:44 am

    I actually had a similar problem with my car battery. I took my car in to be inspected only to find out that my battery was not secure. Fortunately it wasn’t a big issue, I took it to the shop to see what they could do, and they got some bolts and y-nuts and strapped the battery down. Much easier than getting a new battery tray. Ever since then I have had no trouble with my car inspections.

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