Cars and the Internet

Friday, April 29, 2011 Stef dela Cruz 0 Comments

A lot of people are passionate about cars. Some of them treat their cars like they were their own children. So when my mom’s car started making weird sounds, I was not surprised that she freaked out.

Funny thing is, it wasn’t even an expensive car. It was a Toyota Altis, and it’s been six years since my mom drove it out of the car dealer’s showroom. So when the old Altis started rumbling like a meat grinder about to overheat, I thought it was just about time that it did. My mother, on the other hand, was about ready to pull out her hair.

Yes, she really loved her car. It didn’t matter that her car was nothing near a collector’s item. It didn’t matter that she could afford to buy a brand new car, one that looked much better. No; to her, the old Altis was her pet.


Because the car started acting up during Christmas Eve, I knew we would be having problems trying to get the car fixed anytime soon. I then tried to look for websites that offered ways to diagnose the car’s problem. I checked out Repairpal where I found several articles related to car trouble.

I showed my mom a few articles from Repairpal regarding cars having similar problems. It was, of course, not the same as actually going to a car repair center and having them check the car, but it provided information that shed light on the issue. I showed my mom a query from another car owner about rattling sounds that his car made. My mom, after knowing what may be wrong with her beloved Altis, felt a bit appeased that the rumbling sound was no longer too much of a mystery.

Yep, thank God for internet. Who knows? Perhaps even TV will become more interactive in the future.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.