I took Stephen's car into the dealership today because he got a flat tire last night. He *insisted* that only tires from the dealership were good enough for his baby. And not only that, they had to be identical to what was already on the car. Unfortunately, since the car is an AWD and the tires were 3+ years old, we had to buy 4 new tires! And as I said, he wanted them to be the same kind that were already on the car so those tires cost $400 MORE than a cheaper brand. Ouch! And to top it off, he said his brakes were squeaking so I had the dealership look at them and the back brakes needed to be replaced! Another small fortune because no cheap brakes for this car because, as the service guy told me, "this *is* a sports car".
I am feeling very fortunate that Stephen has a job and we can afford these repairs!