Archive for April, 2011

Merging my car blog

I started a blog on blogger.com back in March and have decided that instead feeding the RSS into a widget on the side, I’ll just merge the post into this blog.  There’s a certain template I want to use on this site, but it does not work well with the RSS feed widget.

For those that don’t know the entire story, my car was stolen 2 days before Valentines Day.  I was the original owner of a 2000 Honda Civic SI, a car that is highly sought after.  After a month, the car was declared a total lost and I was given a check from my insurance company.

My next car had to meet these criterias:

  1. Manual Transmission
  2. 4 Doors
  3. Hatchback (optional)

I’ve seen the Audi A3 before and fell in love with it.  Of course it could have been the awesome LEDs that I feel in love with, but it was a hatchback, came in leather, and is an “adult” car compared to a VW Golf and GTI.

At the same time I was looking at the A3, I remember how my husband and I were planning to go to France this summer and thought “why not do an European Delivery?”  An European Delivery is offered by many German Car Manufactures such as Audi, BWM, Mercedes-Benz, etc and they usually give the customer a certain % discount off MSRP on the car (between 3-10% depending on the manufacture).  What is included in this discount is a 1-night stay at a hotel, factory tour, car insurance for up to 14 days in Europe, and they ship the car back into the States after you are done with your trip.

You need to have patiences to do this because it takes about 3 months before the car is built, then another month for it to arrive at the States, then another month for it to go through customs and have your dealership go pickup the car from the port.

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1-Year Anniversary

So I just realized that it is 1 year since my first post on this blog.  I think I need to post more.

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Need credit card for a free app from App Store… wait what?

I finally installed Snow Leopard (10.6) onto my Macbook.  My main reason to upgrade is to test the new Citrix Receiver that ONLY works on 10.6.6 or higher.  The Citrix Receiver will be the next best thing for the school.  It will integrate Citrix applications into the users’ desktop so people won’t have to open a browser to launch a Citrix application.

The Citrix Receiver for Macs is free, but only available thru the App Store.  The problem for me is that I share an iTunes account with my husband and since this is a “new computer” that the store has detected, I have to enter in the security code for the credit card information.  Of course my husband has that information and he’s in meetings until who-knows-when so no testing for me for the rest of the day.  🙁

I don’t understand why don’t they just let people install free stuff without an iTunes account.

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Passport… Check!… Wait…

All documentation about European Delivery programs state that you need to have a valid US Passport.  I didn’t think much of it because I own a valid US Passport that does not expire until 2012.

I asked my husband to give me my passport so I know where it is and can send a copy of it to Audi before the trip.  After looking at it, I realized “OH CRAP!  The passport has my maiden name on it!”  I used it back in 2007 when I went to Germany and it wasn’t an issue because I would carry my marriage certificate as proof name change.  But I have a feeling that it might not work when picking up a car in Germany.

I guess it’s time to get my name changed on my passport.  The worst part is that I have to pay for the entire renewal passport fee plus expedite fee to get my name changed on the passport before the trip.  If I had done it 1 year after I have gotten married, it would have been free.

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