So I am on vacation and I rented a car. These new cars though, they come with this push buttons that gets my goat. Second time renting one, and once I’m acquainted we get along quite fine.
This was my ordeal yesterday at Budget Rent A Car in Ft. Lauderdale. We are not going to mention the line, I am not complaining let’s be clear. Finally I get to the counter and I am told that I have a Nissan Sentra waiting for me. I get there with my two suitcases and no Sentra. Finally it appeared and having rented cars before I knew enough to walk around the car as well as take pictures if anything didnt seem normal. There were dents and quite a few things I didn’t like including the push button. Honestly, it scared me. I told them the car wasnt acceptable and with a smile, they changed the car to a Jetta….
A Jetta, I thought, but decided it would have to be a new car so no arguments. I got out there and shortly after a pretty blue Jetta was driven down. I signaled to the driver to ask if that was my car and he gave me a thumps up, then he parked the car at my feet. I liked it, especially because it had a regular key start. Got into my car, drive up to security only to be sent back because my car didnt match the contract that said a Black Jetta.
I promise you it gets better. So I had to take my stuff and walk back to the booth to wait for the right rental….. I think the gentleman felt bad for me. There was a cute red car parked in front of me and he must have seen me salivating while tapping my toes. You know, the minutes before you blow.
He asked, “Do you want this car?” I said, “yes.” And reminded him about security. He said he would change the contract. Which he did.
Upon Getting into the car, what do I see? A push button. Ok I had had enough. I’m gonna work with this. I tried adjusting the mirrors, nothing. I knew it had to be me. I needed to put my luggage in the truck, change this crazy radio station, but I had no clue how.
I got out of the car, walked to the man and asked for a simple tutorial. Smiles. That’s a grown woman move right there. Haha. The lesson included opening the trunk, changing the mirrors and brushing over the radio….
I was on my way. Even made it through security. Got to my first stop. Time to get back on my way. I pushed the button. The AC and the radio comes on but when I put the car in reverse, nothing happened. Panic mode. I called my friend Ricardo and told him what was happening. I needed him to come quickly. Lol. “Ricky, could you help me please”, I was embarrassed. In my defense though, I was clear, ” Ricky it may not be the car, it may just be me.” Ricky says, “ok, I’m coming, but from I heard, you put your foot on the break and push the button.” So I did that and guess what, I was back in business. Every stop after that I empowered.
The best part though was when I said, “Thank you Ricky.” and he responded, “it’s no problem sweetheart, that’s what I’m here for.” Listen if no one ever has said that to you, or if you get it always, know for me it was the sweetest words on a day when I needed it the most.