I work in an automotive shop, and my boyfriend works in an automotive parts store. Between both of us, we're having LOTS of fun this week...
We live in Canada. After or on Halloween, it infamously begins to snow here. Just as due, Novemeber 1st, it began snowing. And it hasn't stopped. It snowed a little on the 1st. It snowed a little on the 2nd. And we got a snowstorm on the 3rd, which, as I type this, is still going, but with slightly less brutality. All in all, everything is buried under a blanket of white, about a foot deep.
When it first started, it was slippery; it was that kinda rainy, mostly snowy sort, which just creates ice. Now it's about -5 Celsius outside, and it's definitely fluffy, pure snow. Given that we're both in the automotive field, this means usually one thing - tire season!
While my poor boyfriend is talking to customers mostly looking to buy cheap tires, and a few have asked to have them installed in their meek oil change and tire repair shop yesterday, my shop is bigger. It's been nothing but people asking to put tires on, but we have engine jobs and tow ins to go through, and our tires are booked almost a week ahead of time at the moment.
"Any chance you can put them on today or tomorrow?" they'll ask. No.
"Can you let me know if there's a cancellation?" they'll try next. Sure, but there's five people ahead of you, at least.
"Can you do them quick? I have somewhere to be." I'll give you that this is more valid; but we have tires coming out our asses and only one tire machine. We can only work so fast.
If any of you are putting tires on your vehicles this season, please be patient with us!! Everybody wants their tires installed, so if you know you'll be pressed for time, call ahead, or book early! I had my own winter tires installed three weeks ago. Tire season is super stressful, please don't be last minute planners!
And again... I live in Canada. Snow is not anything new here, in a couple months we'll probably be buried under four feet of this crap. It happens every year, folks, so be prepared!
Pardon my rant! Tire season sucks!!