Phew. Having a car here has been a more difficult thing than I ever imagined!
You have to REALLY want to have a car to deal with it all here. I realize that some of it is because we purchased our car before we got our house, so changing the address on the registration was an additional hassle that could have been avoided. And it seems that even more of the hassle of it is due to being military than anything else. I also felt bad that it was such a pain for other people because I couldn’t understand the language or the system. I really should try to learn more Japanese. I had to start at the local police station getting the parking space approved, then to the base (Oi.) to start the change of address. From there it was to the LTO office in Yokohama to finish the registration and pay the road tax, then back to base to get the road tax decal. Sheesh. While the process was very tedious and challenging, at least most of the people were very nice and helpful. But boy, if I ever have to deal with some of these people again it will be too soon! (And it will be, because I will have to deal with them again in a few months. Gah.)
I probably could have hired someone to do it all for me. But I’m too stubborn for that. It’s just not the way I grew up. If you’re able to figure it out on your own you do, then you’ll know how the next time. So while I don’t have any desire to repeat the process, I now know that I can get it done. And I may be able to help out some friends with the process if they need it. Silver linings.
And, now that this is all taken care of for the time being, maybe we can actually get our car in for a tune up and an oil change. The crazy train never stops does it.
Next up, the hubby goes out of town and I try to tackle my ever growing to-do list.