Autobahn for all?

Who knew that getting my VW from one province to another would have proven to be such a hassle. Firstly, I made the decision to ship the car instead of doing the cross-country road trip. Sadly, I had no choice as the decision was dictated by timing but despite my fears of a cracked windshield or nicks and scratches all over the silver exterior or it just getting lost in transit – my car made it to Vancouver safe and sound and in record time to boot. The hassle I’m referring to has to do with insuring the car.

It only seems fair that I start with Toronto first as this is where my troubles originated. It seemed to make sense to me that since my plates had to be renewed before my birthday, I should go to the MTO office to find out what I needed to do. All I can say is that every person I talked to had a different opinion. I left their office scratching my head as I might have to renew my plates or I might not (I was given the homework assignment to check in with the folks in Vancouver to find out what needed to be done). A quick phone call to ICBC let me know that my car would need to have plates and insurance in order for it to be driven off the shipyard. So I went back to the MTO office just to find out their computers were down and I’d have to go back another day but have no fear, by my third trip I was able to renew my plates. At this time I was told to come back a day or two before I left Toronto to do a change of address but my fourth trip proved that they were wrong about this too.

That just leaves me with the hassle with getting my car insured in Vancouver. You can’t just walk in and get insurance for an out of province vehicle. Since the car’s from Ontario, it will need to pass BC inspection to be insured. Turns out that I’ll have to spent $137 + taxes and wait several hours for someone to tell me that my 2009 VW Golf is in good working condition and suitable to be driven in Vancouver. Really?  If it wasn’t, why would I have gone to the trouble of shipping the car in the first place?

Hopefully after today’s hassle I can get insurance and put this behind me.  I heard rumblings about having to go through air care inspection as well but hopefully that’s not true.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see…

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