An Offer You Probably Should Refuse

The fine folks at oddly named New Country Toyota greeted the arrival of Daylight Savings Time this morning with an email blast to customers.

We were invited to drop by the dealer any time. Even without an appointment, they’ll adjust the car’s clock — for free!

(They also offer an “optional multi-point inspection” — presumably not free.)

Sorry — I don’t buy it. If you can’t set the time on your car clock, you probably should not be allowed on the road.

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16 responses to “An Offer You Probably Should Refuse

  1. Matthew Mandell

    I have a Toyota and I have Subaru. The dealer has to change the head lights on the Subaru by taking the bumper off. Now how many car designers does it take to change a light bulb????

  2. Funny Dan, I received the same thing from Lexus…must be a Toyota thing…But thought the same about the clock issue. If you cannot change your clock but can text, talk on the cell while flailing your arms all over the place as the kids are bouncing around the back seat….well you got issues!

    • Maybe next year Toyota and Lexus can offer something different: a class on how to pull into a parking spot between two lines. And not on the sidewalk.

  3. jerrymacdaid

    Wish I got the same thing from Honda. I have an older Civic with an owner’s manual that provides incorrect instructions on how to change the time. We went for a couple of years without bothering (we always knew when it was off by an hour anyway) until I replaced the battery last year and it wasn’t even close. Debated unhooking the battery and reconnecting it at noon so clock would be right. However, after 15 minutes of playing with it, I stumbled on the right combination.

    Hmmmm…don’t recall offhand how I did it last fall. I hope I wrote it down and left in glove box.

  4. Adam Schwartz '75

    I sense desperation….

  5. As I have said on another blog —— ADORABLE!

  6. Adam Schwartz '75

    @jerrymacdaid – I think I know what issue you were having with your Honda. My wife drives a Honda Pilot and it took me 6 months to figure out how to enter the code into the radio to turn it back on and also set the clock. The problem is the way the instructions are written. It makes no sense whatsoever the way they wrote the instructions. I called Honda USA and even when they tried to talk me through it over the phone, I had a hard time. I checked out a number of blogs online and evidently this is a specific issue many Honda owners have experienced over the years. I firmly believe problems like this happen often when someone translates a technical manual from another language into English. I’ve seen this happen many, many times in my industry.

  7. Bobbie Herman

    Every time I change my car clock I have to consult the owner’s manual.

  8. Dan — don’t be so harsh! My clock is right now for the first time in months. Now, if I could just figure out the microwave…

  9. Virginia Tienken

    Maybe an American car would be better. We have a GMC Yukon and it is so easy a 5 year old could change the clock.

  10. Nancy Hunter Wilson

    Buy a German car and just press “Clock”!

  11. Nick Thiemann

    Back in the good old days we had the perfect solution: no clock!