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Selling My Car

I have a darling little car, I bought it in Doha six years ago. Aye, there’s the rub. While the company agreed to ship the car for us, Qatar won’t accept a car older than 5 years old. My sweet car has less than 40K km on it, has been lovingly maintained, and I totally love it – I was outraged at Qatar. But being outraged at a bureaucracy is a loser’s game, it isn’t going to change, the rules aren’t going to be excepted for me. So I had to sell the car.

I looked up the blue book price, and I knew my car was better than that, but these are hard times for selling a used car. I just put it out word-of-mouth, and within a week, I had my buyer.

She came. She sat in the car. She said “I will take it.”

I said “but you haven’t even driven it!”

She said “I can look at you, and look at this car, and I know it is a good car.”

We talked about a price. We agreed to a price a little higher than the blue book price, a little lower than I wanted. We were both happy.

She paid me in cash.

When we went to transfer title – this is Kuwait – the administrative section was closed! It wasn’t supposed to be closed! The area was full of Kuwaitis, Jordanians, people like us, wanting to transfer title. Fortunately, the woman knew another administration place nearby, so we went there, and after the normal finagling, the title transferred and all was completed.

We really wanted this woman to have the car. It has so many good years left on it, and this is a good woman.

AdventureMan laughs at how quietly all the decisions were made, all the negotiations done. The day after we sold the car, we got an SMS from the buyer saying how happy she was, and asking God to bless us richly. We feel already blessed, having sold the car to a fine woman.

May 26, 2009 - Posted by | Community, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Interconnected, Kuwait, Law and Order, Living Conditions, Relationships


  1. I love your car, too, and I’m sad to see it go (tho happy its off to a good home). I remember venturing out in it on the streets of Kuwait three summers ago, and feeling much more confident because I felt comfortable in your car!

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. You know, Little Diamond, I am really unhappy about not having my car, even though I sold it to the right woman. I think it is making me sad. I feel like crying. That was a really really good car and a fun car, too. 😦

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. 3eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeshtaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw!

    Why don’t they accept a 5 year old car?! Have they seriously seen their downtown!?

    Cruel people who ur leaving q8 beacuse of and they wont give u ur beloved car to take with u car taker away


    Comment by Daddy's Girl | May 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. Lol
    you’re sounding so much like Mma Precious Ramotswe 😛

    I can’t believe you’re leaving 😦

    Comment by jewaira | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thats sad! I wish authorities would perform some sort of emission tests or whatever they’re called for them to decided! I am sure that there are cars much worse than yours but newer! Why wouldnt they calculate it in mileage instead!!! grrrrrrrrrr

    Comment by Ansam | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. So unfair you can’t bring a virtually new car with you! 😦
    I can understand so well, I am totally in love with my car!
    I’m glad you found a good new owner for it, but still….

    So, you’re leaving…. And I wanted to visit you! 😦

    Comment by Aafke | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  7. Just think of how excited you’re gonna get when you buy a brand new car, the smell of leather, etc… 🙂

    Comment by 1001Nights | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  8. Jewaira, you are so smart, I had that same thought – it felt like a Mma Ramotswe moment. If only everything could be handled so easily and so decently.

    Ansam – You are right! But it just doesn’t do any good to fight rules like that. A friend found out I could take it to Qatar on Kuwait plates for one year, but then I would have to bring it back to Kuwait to sell it. That just doesn’t work for me. This is a really SWEET car; I hate not to have it!

    Aafke! You would love my little car! Before it, I had a Volvo for 13 years, and it looked like new. I like to keep my cars and take good care of them.

    1001 – I like the smell of OLD leather, all comfy and broken in. LOL!

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 27, 2009 | Reply

  9. Daddy’sGirl – Oops! Had to pull you out of the spam bin again; it only seems to happen when you comment from work, LOL! Yeh, the nerve of those guys, having rules like that. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 27, 2009 | Reply

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