2008 Pontiac G8 GT: Brakelight Fix-it Ticket
September 18, 2009
"There is an auto parts store in town. Should be easy to just stop in there and get a new bulb." That was the advice given to us by the CHP officer writing a citation for the burnt out driver-side brakelight on our 2008 Pontiac G8.
We couldn't remember the last time we were issued a fix-it ticket. But the voice in our head was reassuring, "Spend a couple of bucks on a new bulb, replace it and have the next cop we see sign it off. Then mail it in. Done." Well, it wasn't quite as simple as our internal advisor remembered.
A new bulb set us back $5 and we replaced it in 10 minutes. Easy. We searched out our nearest certification station to approve the work, and found it closed. With some effort we found the next closest station. We pulled up and the inspector said, "Yep, it works. That will be $40. There is a correction fee of $25 and inspection fee of $15."
Disgusted, we handed over our debit card to pay the charges and were greeted with, "Cash only, sir." In our pocket sat exactly $27.26 worth of not enough. We left to find an ATM, withdrew the cash and returned to pay the fees. This wasn't what we expected.
We'll have to remind our inner voice that these fix-it tickets aren't so easy after all.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 30,833 miles