Monday, January 24, 2011

counting our blessings...

So here we are... car owners for the first time in six years. And we feel so blessed.


We are so grateful to be mobile.  I can hardly express the joy we feel over how all of this came about!!  From the price of the car, to having some of the fees waived to receiving help every step of the way, this complicated process was almost painless.


We started here on Thursday at the Customs and Excise office.  The car was valuated and then we paid all of the fees that needed to be taken care of.   We have a receipt for all but one of the services we were provided.  The broker who wrote up the paperwork gave us a big discount on his fee at the request of one of his childhood friends.  In Russia we got used to paying for things under the table every now and then so this was nothing new to us.  

The man that was helping us is the cousin of a prominent political figure here in Belize and he has quite a few friends in high and low places.  Buddies that he went to school with, people that he has worked with in the past and they all take care of one another when needed.  We were so glad that he knew the owner of the car and that he was helping her get it sold by helping us through the process of buying.  

With all of the fees paid the next step was to get the title transferred into our name.  The owner and her assistant went with us to the Ministry of Motor Vehicles and we all signed the paperwork.  Following that we went over to the seller's house to pick up the car and make the final payment.  

After the purchase was  finalized Tom and I went by ourselves over to the insurance office to get the car insured. From there we went over to City Hall and got the new title in our names, registered the car and got new plates all in just over 30 minutes.  The officer who wrote up our paperwork noticed our address and told us that he lived just two streets away.  I mentioned that my friend Anna lived back there.  He said 'yeah, she lives just one street over.' Such a small town... I never even said Anna's last name. 







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11 comments:

  1. Oh wow!!! Beautiful testimony! Congrats.

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  2. Congrats to finally getting a new car! I'm new to your blog & I like it. And my husband is called Tom, too!

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  3. That is an awesome car! We've been without one for over a year now. I'm trusting God for His provision for our next car. Yours is beautiful!!!! I'm sure it will serve you well!

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  4. Wow! That's amazing. Congratulations on a new car--what a treat!! It's really bizarre what a different experience buying a car can be in different countries!

    ~Carla

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  5. what a way to get a new car!!

    i love reading about your experiences, maybe someday I will be a world traveler too!

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  6. Thats so exciting- I can't imagine relying on public transportation (of course, its alot different in America!) so good for you guya!

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  7. Congratulations! Sounds like quite a process, but I'm glad it went so well for you. Enjoy!

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  8. Congrats on your new ride!!! :) Happy Monday!!!

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  9. It's beautiful! Enjoy your new ride :)

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  10. This is a great post...I can't wait to get a car!

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  11. Congratulations! And you even met one of your neighbors in the process!

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