Any car that I bring back to the states… must ‘pass USA specs’… and selling a German car ‘before I left’ Germany… if that was what I wanted to do… would be more difficult too.
There are just some things that are easier to do… when you are SINGLE and the biggest problem is… I can only ship ONE CAR TO THE STATES and let’s be truthful… I would want to ship my ‘classic car’ back to America… and sell the car that I’m buying now before I move… and if I bought a German car… I’d have to pay that 19% German tax on it… I’m not sure about how I’d get to register it on base for gas buying purposes… (We buy our gas much cheaper than the Germans do… but, it’s only on the CAR that we register on base and get our special car tags on)…
I’ve just been told from all angles that it’s not easy to have the German car and that the people who do-- are usually married and married to a local national… and have 2 cars… one USA model and one German one. I just see ‘USA CARS’ in the parking lot… at school… I’m sure that there are others in the mix-- but?
I’m not sure how long I’ll be here… lots of unknowns and this is a big deal for me… to buy a car for the first time in 19 years.
Oh, and I hate to disappoint… but, as far as I know… of the models that we can purchase on base… very few of them are the front wheel drive models… so, that’s why I went for a JEEP- plus… I need room to haul boxes/etc around… can no longer have a friend just follow me home… (who wants to drive 20+ miles EXTRA just to follow someone home w/ a box that came in the mail that is too big for their little classic car? It was easy in the past… I lived in a huge city- many people drove home in the same direction as I did.)
[B]ANYWAY… I hope it is going to be OK.[/B] No empty parking lots for miles of my house… none empty on base at any time… unless it’s the middle of the night… and there is snow on the ground… but, that sort of defeats my purpose… the base is 10 miles from my house… and it’s a tiny base compared to where I’ve lived before… I miss living close to the base… and living at a location that has THOUSANDS of people stationed at it-- here… a small population in comparision.
Thanks for all the suggestions… especially those who have lived in winter areas w/ snow and only a front wheel drive. That made me feel better about my decision. A friend in the states (when I called them) told me that I should have only gone w/ the 4wd… even after I’d already purchased the fwd one… I know that they just wanted me to be safe… but, it caused me a lot of doubt… that I’d made a mistake/etc… (and it’s not 100% gone either- so, your comments have helped greatly.)
I didn’t have 2-3 months to wait for a specific car to arrive-- WE have limited choices-- but, you can order a specific car out of those that are purchased for here… the cars sold here (for us Americans on base) are specific packages of cars/etc. It’s not like in the states…
AND remember… I am either going to have to sell the car that I’m purchasing to AMERICANS or sell my classic car before I move and take the newly purchased car w/ me… the govt will only pay to ship one car… and I can only own one car for PCS moves since I’m single… (Married people can own 3 cars-- single people - 1 car…don’t even get me started) I had to get special permisssion from the BASE COMMANDER to just purchase this new vehicle… since, I already own a car on my name and it’s registered/etc.