After three very long days, most of which spent in the pouring rain. Travelling by trains, taxis and a lot of walking we have finally found a car!
Yesterday (thursday) started off well by booking a meeting to buy a honda accord with very low miles from the local honda garage. This was a rust bucket where i had to put my foot through the floor to get anywhere on the test drive. We then went across town to a garage that had a nice 4x4 however the salesman was a bit dodgy and the door locks had holes where someone had tried to break in, we wondered if it was him. (if you somehow managed to find this blog and read this strange salesman...im very sorry). Then later that afternoon the person we met at the social insurance office came round to show us her high mileage car. It was nice inside but had some rust outside. We almost got it because she was trustworthy and wouldnt scam us.
However today we thought that we would look at one more garage that had a variety of cars in our price range... they all turned out to be scratched/dented unreliable cars. In the shadows of the garage we saw a ford 4x4 that looked perfect, very shiny and out of our price range. we couldnt resist a test drive and after mulling it over a boston pizza (we were in there 3 days) we decided to up our budget, reassess the situation and go for the ford! The only problem was that in canada they add on tax on top of the sticker price so we were looking at $4000!! this was way too much, but i managed to haggle him down to $3550 so we go and pick it up on monday and fingers crossed everything will be ok.
Although a very stressful and tiring experience buying a used car has allowed us to see parts of vancouver that aren't on the postcards! Now for a early night and a restful Sunday watching the vancouver marathon sweat past our window.