@Holdfast: Oh I learned years ago how to change my brake and headlights myself. Sooner or later, I'll start changing the oil myself as well. But yeah, fuck the whole mentality of it all. The irony of this time being that literally two days before the warning light came on, I had spent a significant amount of money on plane tickets to go home for my sister's wedding next month.
Ask her to add donations to your bank account to her gift register.