It's a brave new world

Real Estate Agent with Jameson Sotheby's International Realty

If you haven't had the joy of taking your car into the dealership for more than an oil change... the kind of service where you need to leave it for a while, well... things may have changed a touch.

I had to have my glovebox repaired (it wouldn't close anymore), and in order to do that they have to take the whole dash apart... so they told me they'd give me a ride back to the office, while they work on it, and then they'll pick me up when it's ready.

Well.... they kept their word, but here's the new-age-kicker. 

They called me an uber, both directions.

I guess it makes sense from their end... they don't have to hire add'l staff, they don't have to worry about extra fleet, gas, insurance, etc... and clients don't have to worry about any potential wait, in case their runners are out picking up other clients.

It truly is a brave new world.

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 ALAN MAY, Realtor®   
Specializing in Evanston Real Estate and North Shore Real Estate

Jameson Sotheby's International Realty, 2934 Central Street, Evanston, IL 60201
Office: 847.869.7300      Cell: 847.924.3313      Email:

Evanston Real Estate & North Shore Real Estate
Licensed in Illinois



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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

Interesting use of a third company to fufil their service promise. Hopefully they ordered Uber Black for you, a higher level of service.

Mar 21, 2019 11:21 AM #1
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

I don't know if I would like that Alan May my mechanic drives me home and picks me back up went my car is done. I do not use UBER although some of my clients are drivers 

Mar 21, 2019 11:53 AM #2
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Our dealership has a same brand loaner car for us.  It is free and the tank is usually full.  Just return it in the same condition, and they make sure you are insured.  A

Mar 21, 2019 11:57 AM #3
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Our local dealer provides gourmet coffee, WIFI. With service as small as oil change I had to remove the bottom panel from the car to have access to it. It needs programming as well. So I let them do it.

The other day, I saw a dis-spirited mail man at dealership. He made a gourmet coffee and took out two bottles of chill H2O bottles put one in each pocket.  He uttered that he was a service provider deserve respect also.

Mar 21, 2019 11:59 AM #4
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I'm glad my local dealership still does loaner cars.  Just got one last month, in fact.  Not an Uber fan.  

Mar 21, 2019 01:35 PM #5
Michelle Francis
Tim Francis Realty LLC - Atlanta, GA
Realtor, Buckhead Atlanta Homes for Sale & Lease


Very fun how the world has changed.  Our son travels for business, he never rents a car, just uses his Lyft.  He uses Uber for personal.  His way of keeping them separate.


All the best, Michelle

Mar 21, 2019 02:55 PM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Alan May - Interesting thought. Uber is everywhere!

Mar 21, 2019 05:26 PM #7
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

I take the time to wait and look at the new vehicles....sales folks don't bother me when I tell them my car is being worked on!  I will be buying a new car soon and it will be the same brand so this works.

Mar 22, 2019 03:25 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

That's interesting. My dealer will loan me a car (with advance notice). I think I like the loaner car better.

Mar 22, 2019 04:06 AM #9
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Alan. That is a different approach than I have experienced. Hope the glove box is better now.

Mar 22, 2019 05:07 AM #10
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Alan- makes sense in a way! We used Uber on NYEve night when we landed in Florida. I was afraid that we wouldn't be able to find any kind of ride home but they were at the airport within 10 minutes.  

Mar 23, 2019 05:42 PM #11
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Alan May - It IS a whole new world out there. I have not had this experience before. Nor have I used UBER.

Do tell - did you have to pay the Uber Driver or did the Dealership pick up the tab?

Mar 27, 2019 08:56 AM #12
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