You had your week all planned out. You were going to go to the grocery store on Wednesday. Then you were going to have your weekly haircut on Thursday. Finally, you were going to end your week by collecting your rent money from the ATM on Friday. But your car broke down on Tuesday morning. And according to the automotive repair shop you brought it to, it won’t be returned until the following week. What now?
Have Your Groceries Delivered to Your Door
The grocery delivery business has been booming in the wake of the novel coronavirus. It allows people to do their weekly grocery shopping without risking exposure to the dangerous respiratory illness.
However, the grocery delivery industry has its uses for more than just protecting your health. It can also come to your rescue while your car is temporarily out of commission. And the best part is that you don’t even have to leave your home.
Ask Your Automotive Repair Shop for a Loaner Car
Unfortunately, your hairdresser’s services are staying right where they are. That can throw a wrench in your plans if your hairdresser’s shop is beyond walking distance and your car is in desperate need of repairs.
Thankfully, many dealerships, mechanics, and body shops recognize the inconveniences of losing your only reliable form of transportation. To address the issue, they will often offer a car that you can borrow while your own is being serviced. This type of vehicle is known as a loaner car. The service is typically of little or no cost to you.
Ask Your Friends and Family for a Ride
While bumming a ride from friends and family is less reliable than having your own transportation, it’s an oldie, but a goodie for a reason. It’s often cheaper than ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft if they say yes, and it can lead to some fun detours that result in some quality bonding time. However, you will want to be careful not to abuse your friend or family member’s generosity, or your relationship will suffer as much damage as your car did.
Having to bring your car into the shop can seem like the end of the world while the incident is still fresh in your mind. Your entire life revolves around having reliable transportation, after all. But it doesn’t have to be the end of the world now that you have these three tips to help you through this challenging time.