As well as all the other numerous things we have to do to relocate our lives to South West France we have to buy new cars for both of us. So the hunt began to look for suitable left hand drive cars in the UK, “argh” i hear you think “why aren’t they buying in en France? “ Well its simple – the second hand car market in France is not good, not cheap and non existent as they tend to run their cars into the ground and only change them when they literally fall apart (so we hear… no offence intended if we got our facts wrong!) We did think we could take our existing car with us and just reregister it once there, but you have to jump through so many hoops to get a UK car ready for reregistration in France it’s not worth the time or money, so that put pay to that idea.
So Kev began the hunt for Les Voitures, he looked on Gumtree, Ebay, Auto trader etc etc etc, he got quite excited a few times seeing cars he loved only to find out that even though it stated they were “LEFT HAND DRIVE” in fact they were actually right hand drive, just pretending to be left hand drive to fool us. What fab senses of humour sellers have, HA BLOODY HA – I smiled through gritted teeth on many an occasion.
Then he came across a second hand drive garage on his working door step at Heathrow, well actually it was in Uxbridge but it’s called “The Heathrow Left Hand Drive Center” so naturally moi assumed it was in Heathrow, HA BLOODY HA again.
Anyhoo he spotted something he liked, can you guess what type of car it is? Remember that he is using it to get back and forth to the airport in Toulouse with suitcases and presents for me from his trips so it needs to have space and be practical.
So here it is the amazing space efficient practical Voiture for Kevvy.
Mmm did i hear you all think something, “Space saving? Practical?”
No joking aside he has always wanted another convertible ever since i made him sell his Audi A4 to buy the practical Land-rover to put the dog in.
And as for me, well i like something a bit more STURDY and ROBUST, stop it, i know what your all thinking, I’m not talking men hear, I’m talking cars.
Here is my new baby, she’s going to be called Blodwyn after my Welsh nan.
She’s a rose champagne coloured Honda CRV and she’s not refined like Audrey Hepburn she’s more of a Fatama Whitbread , solid and sturdy with strong calves.
Kevs is Left hand drive manual with french lights already fitted and can be easily re registered in France, Mine is already registered in France and an automatic [the only way to drive in my opinion, especially after the shock of having to drive a manual moving van yesterday, but that’s another story, to come in a later post] and is right hand drive, which Pickle will be pleased about as he sleeps in the seat-well on the left and has been very confused getting into Kev’s new car.
So that’s another thing ticked off our never-ending France list.
On to the next………