Cute, huh? I think so, too. In fact, a friend on FB said it was “HAWT!” LOL!
It is also an example of several lessons learned. First and foremost, when purchasing a used vehicle, at least in California, make SURE you see the registration and assure that it is current. If not, you, the buyer, will be liable for the back registration and penalties.
In this case, the vehicle hadn’t be registered since 2008, and California is taking no prisoners in it’s tax policies. It was very $painful$.
To be sure, we did ask about the missing license plate, and were told it was a personalized plate and had been transferred to another car. That was a lie.
Also, don’t believe someone just because they say the “Carfax is clean.” Check it yourself. And be very careful in entering that VIN number. Triple check it.
In our defense, we did not see any paperwork until the night I went over to pay for and pick it up, and what I saw didn’t alarm me. Anything I questioned was answered readily, and it made sense. It was only when we go to the DMV that things started to unravel.
Ah, well. In all this, I still believe that God was guiding us. Just not sure about how.
I wrote this in March, when we first got the Silver Surfer. And we were worried that there were more expensive, hidden defects. Is the vehicle sound? Will it last us for a few years?? And we knew it needed tires and some belt adjustments. What else could go wrong??
Well, I am pleased to say that God has blessed us with a pretty “sound” vehicle, according to the mechanic. Yay! It now has new tires all around (a great internet deal from Firestone, 4 for the price of 3, expiring on June 30th) and a front end alignment so those new tires will wear evenly.
Lessons learned, indeed.