05 August 2013 @ 07:17 am
Cars II  
So. I've been there when my mother bought a car, but I have never had the pleasure myself.

Yesterday, we did.

We had to say goodbye to our car. We've had this car for almost three years and got it from Crocky's godmother who wanted to sell it and let us have it for the price of the repairs it took to keep it on the road because she is amazing. It wasn't cheap, but we could just about afford it so Crocky could get to work.

I'm really going to miss this car. When I saw it for the first time I had an instantly positive reaction towards it because it seemed so familiar. Driving it was like driving my mother's car, the car I drove most often growing up. Both my parents have always really liked VWs, and my mother's cars were always this shade of green when I was growing up, too.

When I went car-shopping with my mother, we looked at the car, she looked over the car's history and the car, then she received a bill and purchased the car, transferring the money from her account.

Under this assumption, we did not bring cash, but were told that this is apparently how you pay a used car.

Alright. Shady, but who are we to argue.

Turns out it's not that easy to get hold of a large amount of cash. The machines only let you withdraw so much, not all banks let you withdraw that amount all at once, so we had to juggle a bit to get it together. But, it worked. The way from the bank to the car was scary, though, and I've never paid as much attention to Crocky's backpack as I did those twenty meters.

We did receive a bill with the terms of the purchase along with all the other papers, but still, cash? I had believed that there would probably be payment options other than handing over a large pile of money, because there surely must be people who have to get loans to buy their car? Or can only pay in rates? Apparently not here, though.

After saying goodbye to our green car that we drove home with our new acquisition:

Comes with air conditioning and a sticker of a cat on it. We did not quite get the number plate we wanted, but chose an alternative that's still nice.
Current Mood: excited
Current Location: Germany, Bremen
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[identity profile] minervas-eule.livejournal.com on August 6th, 2013 07:30 am (UTC)
All the best wishes for a trouble-free future for the three of you together :-)
That blue is a beautiful colour (the gree has been as well, all those water-colours are my favourites, from blue over all the mixtures to green)!
If we would not drive a VW for more than 20 years now, a Toyota would have been the only alternative.... we almost bought one 10 years ago, but the little they would give us for our dear old VW-van put a stop to that plan (and a good thing it was, as we needed the van for yet another house-moving and renovation project later on).

Yes, if you buy from a person, who has no means to know your credit-worthyness, you bring cash ;-) (in the US you can at least write out a check....).
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Mothwing: Hat[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 7th, 2013 05:19 am (UTC)
Our blue car really doesn't offer much space. It's fine for two who take friends occasionally, but unfortunately you can't move house with it the way we could with the green one. Ikea shelves won't even go into it. :(

This is just the first I'd heard anyone doing this for such a large sum of money. I've seen various offers for payment plans for glasses, dentistry, contact lenses, and clothes, it just struck me as odd that of all the things you can pay with cash a car would be the one where you have no other options.

Hear, hear! *chinks glasses*

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tetleythesecond[personal profile] tetleythesecond on August 6th, 2013 08:33 am (UTC)
That picture of the bills is fantastic! :)

And lovely car!
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Mothwing: Hat[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 7th, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
Thanks! It scared me a bit, I'd never seen that much money in one place.

Yeah, we think so, mostly because of the air conditioning.
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[identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com on August 9th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
Wow, that cash picture is quite the photo capture!

The New Blue is precious, really. I'm sure the cat sticker adds something lovely. May she live a long, healthy, and happy life with you!
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Mothwing: Adventure[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 9th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
Here's to the new blue car! *clinks glasses*
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[identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com on August 9th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Indeed! *Points to icon.*
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Mothwing[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 9th, 2013 06:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a lovely icon! Almost looks like a rather large helping of Felix Felicis.
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[identity profile] cranky--crocus.livejournal.com on August 9th, 2013 06:34 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wish it were! I'd certainly share. (:

I always love holiday icons. I think that's why I keep too many year-round... :Þ
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Ysilme: Yay[personal profile] ysilme on August 9th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC)
Congratulatoins to your new blue one! Does it have a name? Sorry about the number plate, though.

I hear you on that cash-for-used-cars thing! We used to lent cars from the family pools at first, and our first real car was already licensed to the WW by his parents when they had bought it. When we needed a second car due to work necessities, we got a used Golf, and even at the well-known family dealer who had provided the new cars for my in-laws for years, payment in cash was necessary. Thankfully, I knew this in advance, and I got my FIL to accompany me there because I was afraid to go by public transport with so much money in my bag - and the WW was working. This had beent he first time I had so much money in cash in my hands - but later, when we built our house, this became more regular.

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Mothwing: Hat[identity profile] mothwing.livejournal.com on August 9th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
It doesn't have a name yet, unfortunately. Something Ravenclaw-themed would probably be appropriate given the colour, and maybe it'll have to be a nod to Filius given the size.

I can't imagine what a nervous wreck I'd have been on public transport! Hopefully I'll have learned to cope if we ever get our house-building plans into a more serious stage (once our savings have gotten more substantial than they're now).
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Ysilme: tall ship[personal profile] ysilme on August 9th, 2013 06:42 pm (UTC)
and maybe it'll have to be a nod to Filius given the size.
Hm, I seem to be stuck with Tolkien... "Sting" was the first that came to mind, what with the colour, and the nod to Filius just provoked "Orcrist", the goblin cleaver driver... sorry. ;o)
Forcing my mind back to the Potterverse, it comes up with nothing but Rowena and Luna - but both sound nice enough. Rowena in particular...
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