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AutoServ KIA Belmont, N.H. Showroom — Badly In Need Of Top-to-Bottom Housekeeping And Major Refurbishing.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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— Feb. 28, 2014.
>> KIA leasing stupidity — Dec. 31, 2013.

>> Hyundai & Kia Get Caught Overstating Expected Mileage.
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Oh, Oh! … — Nov. 2, 2012.

>> KIA updated milage — post flap — Nov. 3, 2012.
++++ Search ‘KIA‘ for other posts, good ones about dealership >>>>


From Google Maps -- street view. This had to be from a few years ago.

From Google Maps — street view. This had to be from a few years ago.


>> Deanna, given her perseverance FINALLY managed to get the $110 Gas Milage Rebate Card that was due to us. <<


Given how uncooperative TEAM KIA Concord was in getting us the Gas Milage Rebate Card that we were due, and how they jerked us around when we wanted to lease a KIA Sedona earlier this year, we decided it was time to find another KIA dealership for our service needs.

We know AutoServ in Tilton. We even have two friends that work there. So we decided to try AutoServ KIA. What I had not realized is that they are in Belmont and not in Tilton — moreover they are on Rte 106 as opposed to the strip across from the Belmont Mall.

We took out Sportage there yesterday for its 15,000 oil change.

Let me say up front, very nice, very pleasant, very helpful folks and I had two good conversations with two of the salesman — one of them who I knew by reputation given that he had been involved in a number of Lakes Region ventures in the past.

The building, which is the old McGreevy dealership (that I used to visit and returned a leased Cadillac STL to in 2004), is a mess. It is so sorely in need of major, major refurbishing. It is dingy and dirty!

Given that the Service Area waiting room is small, loud and claustrophobic, I talked to a very nice salesman and got ‘permission’ to sit in the sales area (showroom) and read my book. Deanna joined a few minutes later.

The showroom was shabby. Ripped, stained and unmatched seats. But this is what floored me. I looked at one of the rolling office seats provided for the salesman. As is the norm it had a base with castors on it. The base was COATED in dust! Caked on dust! Yes, there was mud too — but I can buy that because this is mud season. Caked on dust means that nobody had cleaned this chair in months, if not years.

What gives?

The Tilton facility is all glitz and very fancy. They even have a gym!

I have been to used car places that were nicer than this.

I really felt bad for the salespeople. Can’t be fun working in a place like that.

We were there for nearly two hours. They were having computer woes too! That delayed check-in by 20 minutes. Not amused.

We did not see a single customer walk in — though to be fair it was a Wednesday morning.

I would NOT buy a car from there! If they are so cheap about maintaining their showroom I have to assume that they will nickel and dime me for every cent and more.

PLUS, doesn’t KIA (USA) demand certain standards?

Obviously NOT.

This was the last straw when it comes to KIA/Hyundai.

We have had either a Hyundai or a KIA since June 2008. Yes, I liked the pricing and the warranty. But, I guess you get what you pay for.

We still have 15 months left on this lease.

I am just going to dump it the DAY the lease expires and run as fast as I can from KIA.

Yes, it was a mistake to go with Hyundai/KIA.

I should stick with American even IF it will cost me more.

Maybe it is time to go and pester my friends at Cantin in Laconia. I know that they ‘just’ redid their facility — and it was never as bad as KIA Belmont.

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

Oh … they said that there was coffee. Yes, they had a coffee maker, but NO cups or coffee. I went an got my travelling mug from the car. But then the whole area was so grungy that I decided that I will wait.

Deanna came back and complained that the sink in the ladies was dirty.

I think that was what is REALLY missing at this dealership. I did not see any females. They would NOT permit a place to get so shabby.

Amazing. Amazing. Amazing.

Shame.

Plus they don’t have a car wash! I can’t remember the last time I had a car serviced without getting a car wash.


A Very Good, After School, Science Program For Kids At The New Durham Library By Librarian Max Wirestone.



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We like the New Durham Library. We go there nearly as much as we go to Alton — and we like that library too. We don’t borrow anything from New Durham. Most of the time we avail ourselves of the various, compelling programs they offer. Devanee has taken drawing and French classes there and of late, Teischan has been going on Tuesday afternoons, at 3:45 pm, to the Science Program being conducted by Max Wirestone, the librarian.

I took Teischan this week and watched a fair part of the 1-hour program. It was about the absorption properties of different material. Max had set up a very neat experiment involving a measuring syringe — and, of course, the kids love that; water, syringes and cups. It was good. The kids learnt something. I was impressed. Max also had a microscope at hand so that the kids could look at the structure of the various materials that they were testing.

Last week it was about how substances dissolve in water and what happens to them once dissolved. Good stuff.

They do great events like that. Congratulations Max and Cathy Allyn. Great job. Thank YOU.


Malaysian Airlines MH370 — Satellite Spotted Debris: They Can ONLY Search In Daylight (In 2014)?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Just SOME of the Related posts:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka —
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Mar. 15, 2014.
>> ACARS flip-flop —
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Mar. 18, 2014.

>> MH370 flying at 5,000′ …
>>Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts

>>Mar. 10, 2014.
++++ Search on ‘MH370‘ for other related posts >>>>


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There is so much about this Malaysian Air disaster that just defies credulity!

We, the global public, is definitely getting the ‘mushroom treatment’ — they are certainly keeping us in the dark, just occasionally dumping semi-digested garbage at us.

Yes, I fully understand that there is a LOT of very sensitive issues involved to do with national security of multiple countries, satellite spying, radar capabilities etc. etc.

But, at the same time, as many folks have started to point out, it is NOT good that we, especially the U.S., can just totally lose sight and track of a Boeing 777.

Of course they know much more than what they are letting on.

That the debris spotted off Western Australia can only be checked out in DAYLIGHT makes no sense.

What has happened to the Black Box detection PINGS — that should last for 30 days?

You don’t need daylight for that. Planes can drag the necessary detectors, in the ocean, 24×7. We are talking 2014, not 1914. We have such amazing avionics.

Nightvision goggles?

Heat Seeking technology?

Radar — portable radar?

More satellite imaging?

Submarines?

As I have already said there are undersea microphones and detectors for tracking submarines and tsunamis.

Does NOT make sense to me.


Malaysian Airlines MH370 — Satellite Spotted Debris Off Western Australia: Was Perth Ever A Soft Target?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Just SOME of the Related posts:
>> Maldives & Sri Lanka —
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Mar. 15, 2014.
>> ACARS flip-flop —
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Mar. 18, 2014.

>> MH370 flying at 5,000′ …
>>Mar. 13, 2014.
>> Malaysia flight 370:
>> My Thoughts

>>Mar. 10, 2014.
++++ Search on ‘MH370‘ for other related posts >>>>


From 'Boston.com'. Click for access.

From ‘Boston.com’. Click for access.


From CNN. Click to access.

From CNN. Click to access.


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Perth.. Click to ENLARGE.


The 64 BILLION dollar question is ‘what the heck was MH370’ doing out there?

The so called ‘Southern Arc’, at the end of which this ‘debris’ has been found, never made any sense to me.

Remember we know that a drastic change in course to the West was programmed into the Flight Management System around 1:07 am — well ahead of the co-pilot mumbling his infamous: ‘All right, good night”.

So these theories about mechanical failures really don’t hold much water.

Somebody had plans to divert this plane. That seems rather clear from the entry of that wayward waypoint.

I still think it was meant to fly West. Yes, there could have been a struggle in the cockpit. Following that the plane could have been on autopilot heading South

So what did those fisherman in the Maldives see? Of course it was an UFO — an UNIDENTIFIED flying object.

But, as with the Maldives, BEFORE I raised it, something that I have NOT heard any of the so called ‘experts’ bring up was: ‘Was it ever possible that Perth was a (soft) target?

Yes, I think they would have scrambled Australian Air Force fighters etc. if it started coming to close — I hope.

But, why is this not on the table. Yes, I understand that there is a fear of giving ‘THEM’ ideas — but, come on. They are not that stupid.


Talking of stupidity THE STUPIDEST thing that I have heard during the coverage of this Malaysian MH370 disaster, and there has been no shortage of stupid things said, was two mornings ago on ‘Fox and Friends’.

One of the male anchors, in the context of the plane spotted over the Maldives, asked an expert, in all seriousness: ‘Can a 777 fly at 80 feet’! The expert to his credit pointed out that all planes can fly at 80′ — and they routinely do so when coming into land (not to mention taking off). How stupid.


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