We have a new car.
Do not ask about the old car - that is a long and as yet unresolved story that I will save for another day.
The new car is a Kia Cee'd (no I had never heard of it either) which we bought in the UK but from a Romanian man so all the paperwork is in Romanian.
Hmmmm. Then let the fun begin. This is France and a country obsessed with paperwork and form filling. In order to import a car and get French number plates you need a Carte Grise and believe you me, they do make this easy. At least they supply you with an envelope listing all the forms etc you need but it is still a bit of a nightmare, not least because every time you go to yet another office to fill in yet another form or get the car checked they insist on filling in loads of paperwork. They spend ages huffing and puffing because they cannot find the right figure on the Romanian papers we have!! Surely we cannot be the first people to have imported a Romanian car can we?
We finally got everything gathered together and took the envelope into the Sous Préfecture who deal with Carte Grise allocation. Did it go smoothly? Well, not quite. The lady there shuffled papers, huffed and puffed, spoke French at us at 90 miles an hour and finally seemed to think all the paperwork was all there ... but there was a problem. For some reason she was unable to tell us how much the Carte Grise would cost because she did not know what type of vehicle it was despite everything being there on the paperwork. She said we could send everything off with a cheque with no amount written on it and the main Préfecture who allocate the Carte Grises would write in the correct amount.
Gulp. OK. Oh but she could not send it as it was holiday season and there was no courier!! We would have to post it ourselves although she did kindly write the address out for us. So we went to the Post Office and sent it recorded delivery and now we are waiting to see if we have sent all the correct paperwork.
Anyone care to place a bet as to whether we'll get a letter back saying we need something else or will we get our Carte Grise?