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PostSubject: A Week With The Car!   Sat Jan 11, 2014 8:25 pm

These past few weeks have seen me and Annette chasing all over the place sorting out the documentation for our car. First there was the business of changing the tax from area to another from the past owner to us, we have driven the car for a year with Power of Attorney. He lived under a different municipality to us, so we had to pay the tax in his district first. Then it was onto the KAT office in VT, they were very helpful considering my Bulgaski is only slightly above minimal.

Straight into three of their windows and paid some money in each and then off up to the other end of the premises for the registration plates to be taken off. We were waved into this shack type building and the hand went up for us to stop and turn off the engine, then three men were doing things, by that I mean one had a clip board, one took off the rear number plate and another the rear plate. In the UK it would have been man for the lot, but at least it employed three people we thought.

Then we drove outside and stopped the car and another man appeared to check the engine number and the chassis number check. Only trouble was we didn't know he wanted the chassis number and the man kept pointing to the rear wheel arch and I ended up underneath the tailgate looking at the spare wheel. Then he just disappeared and returned with a piece of rag and again pointed to inside the rear wheel arch, then the penny dropped!! The chassis number was there and the rag was to clean it off so that he could check the number against our documents, a quick dusting off for me after laying under the car and off to another window where we handed in the old plates.

The woman pointed to some seats and we sat down for 20 minutes and then we were told to go back to the shack. Once up at the shack the engine was switched off and the same three men attended to fixing the new plates. When they had finished they pointed to the road outside the KAT office and we knew we had finished, what a relief!!

The next day it was insurance day at a translators office in Pavlikeni and that went well apart from the fact I had to part with some money. The following day was MoT day and again into Pavlikeni where we had gone last year, so no trouble finding the office. We arrived at the Testing station at about 10.30 am and to our surprise no other cars where being tested, so off with the engine, into the office and an exchange of Bulgaski, an exchange of documents and a tapping of particulars into their computer and off we went into their bar come coffee shop while the car was being tested.

We were treated to two free cups of coffee by the bosses daughter and once we had exchanged a few sentences, she called her Dad into the coffee shop for some conversation which we all enjoyed and her acting as translator. Then her Dad went into the next room and reappeared with two free T shirts for me and Annette which we thanked them very much for. Our car had passed it's test and the new sticker was on the window. I went into the office and paid the usual 36 Leva and collected our new documents. So in all, we had two coffees, two T shirts and an MoT for a total of £15, not bad eh?

So a busy week, but made very pleasant by everyone we met and also very helpful of all of them because most of the time we had no idea what we were doing. Full marks for Bulgaria and their Civil Servants for the way they handle us foreigners and making us feel so welcome.

This story comes to you from your very own East European Correspondent, nestled here in the heart of Bulgaria near Veliko Tarnovo.
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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:27 pm

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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Wed Jan 15, 2014 10:17 am

I may be confused but here in the Varna area the MOT or Technical Support as the Bulgarians call is done at the KAT when registering the car at the same time.
I can remember the two horrendous days I had at the KAT and never want to do it again thanks.There was a small company situated in a portacabin who charged 600 lev and that included Insurance the test the plates and the Danet tax. All I did was sat there in their office with my Bulgarian friend and waited for hours as there was a long queue. It came to register my truck to me and I didn't have my passport as it was sent to Peterborough for renewal so I presented my Bulgarian issued ID card. They looked at it and said it was no good as there was not enough numbers to go on their system which was a Goverment computer.I asked my friend to translate and asked him why is that my ID card was issued by the Goverments immigration office didn't tie up with this Goverment computer. The answer was a shrug of the shoulders! Bewildered by this I asked them what they needed and was asked for my Company documents or stamp which I didn't have with me. So we came back the next day with the documents which were accepted and joined another long queue for the test . Now these were police employed mechanics and I knew that one of my headlamp bulbs was out as it blew on the way there.They passed it which I couldn't believe and all they were interested was my seat belt fixings in the rear of my crew cab.It looks like there are three seats but in fact there are only two as with the seat belts and these mechanics seem to be a bit confused as they had the seat out twice.Good job I had my Mitsibushi hand book in the glove compartment and turned to the appropriate page and pointed out the lovely picture of the rear seat belt configuration which satisfied them.
I am glad you had a better experience than I did and changing my truck is not an option as I wouldn't want to go through that again!
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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:13 pm

Seems like you experience was a good one but from my own experience its been anything but, I suppose we can't all be that lucky, well done.
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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Fri Mar 28, 2014 4:50 pm

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Seems like you experience was a good one but from my own experience its been anything but, I suppose we can't all be that lucky, well done.

Many thanks Sallyann. Replying this post to you has completed my 2000th posts on this wonderful Forum, goodness knows how I have written it all.
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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 9:13 am

Your welcome Eric
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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Sat Mar 29, 2014 6:07 pm

Great read Eric and T
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PostSubject: Re: A Week With The Car!   Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:51 am

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This story comes to you from your very own East European Correspondent, nestled here in the heart of Bulgaria near Veliko Tarnovo.

Thank you for that, some people have it easy and it only takes a few hours but others take much longer, just shows haw things are so different depending where you are in BG T
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