The time Nathan almost got scammed into paying for someone’s Suzuki XL-7 repairs [Op/Ed]

Suzuki XL-7

Believe it or not, I have a real good reason to name a 2004 Suzuki XL-7 “Hingle McCringleberry.”

Before I get to that, I fully acknowledge that I cribbed the name from Key and Peele, the comedy team that turned out a multitude of hysterical skits. The skit I grabbed the name from is Key & Peele’s East/West College Bowl and if you’re a college football fan, it will make you laugh – a lot.

So, why use the (awesome) name?

About 10 years ago, I made a statement about how reliable my little 2002 Suzuki XL-7 was as part of a post. I owned the 2002 Suzuki XL-7 for about 60,000 miles and it never had an issue, even when I tortured it off-road. It had a manual transmission, a tiny anemic V6 and I gave it a 2-inch lift. I towed (way) too much with it, I jumped it about 20 feet in the dunes, I carried about 1,000 lbs over its maximum combined weight several times and I pushed it hard daily. No problems.

Recently, a delightful fellow in Southern California picked up on my story and, through some creative research, attempted to have the repair bill for his 2004 Suzuki XL-7 charged to me. Although clever for his intrepid research, he was a blithering idiot when it came to his contact information.

Yep, he left his cellphone number on the invoice. Duh!

The parts manager and I had a nice conversation and, after clearing everything up, he asked me, “What name should I put on the (unpaid) invoice?” This would be the name on the invoice to release the keys to, after the bill was paid.

I immediately said, “Hingle McCringleberry!”

Speaking of Suzuki – here’s an oldie, but a goodie from way back!