You may remember that I recently bought myself a car, which, I must tell you, is great to drive. The only problem was that the tape deck didn't work, so I was stuck with listening to the radio. Today, I took the car to the dealer to get my licence plate (click here for explanation). While there, I asked them to look at the tape deck. They couldn't find the problem, so they replaced the tape deck. I was pleased to note that they were happy to do this free of charge despite the fact that I bought the car without a warranty.
I bought the car from a Saturn dealership and I have to say that I am very impressed with their attitude. The chap who sold me my car also sold Mark his car. We like the no-haggle pricing and the non-pushy sales technique. Everyone at the company seem very laid back. Other dealerships that we have visited have been very hard-sell, which makes me dig my heels in and not want to buy from them.
Anyway, the point of this post was not to sing the praises of a Saturn dealership. The point is that my car only has a tape deck and radio. There is no CD player. At first thought, this seems rubbish. However, not having a CD player has forced me to abandon the usual, modern fare and drag out some golden oldies that I only have on tape and so haven't listened to in years. So far I've listened to They Might be Giants, The Saw Doctors, Primal Scream, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Jesus and Mary Chain. It takes me right back to the good ol' days. I'm looking forward to delving into the old collection to see what else I can find.
I also bought a set of tapes of the BBC dramatisation of Emma (Jane Austen) for only $10 from our local used bookshop. I know that almost everyone else likes Pride and Prejudice, but Emma is my favourite. I'm looking forward to listening to these in the car too.
It all makes me want to do a lot more driving.
Licence PlatesIn the UK, one buys a car with the licence plate already on it. The new owner then registers their ownership of that car with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA). When the car is subsequently sold, it keeps the licence plate and the ownership is transferred to the new owner.
In the US (or at least here in NC) when one buys a car it doesn't come with a number plate. The dealership orders a new plate in the name of the owner when the car is bought. The buyer has to pay for the new plate as an additional cost on top of the cost of the car. The buyer is issued with a cardboard 30 day licence plate until the actual one arrives. I'm not sure what happens when a car is then sold. Does the owner surrender the licence plate back to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), or do they keep it to put on their next car?
The other thing here is that vehicles only have to have a number plate on the back, not on the front. I'm thinking of getting an England flag for the front of mine (especially as this is a World Cup year).