Wednesday, August 02, 2006
The Transformation is Complete
Yesterday I went and got Washington license plates for the cars. Even though I had to get a smog check for one of them, the whole process only took about an hour, and that included going across town from the smog place to the license place. The way they smog cars here in WA is super efficient compared to CA. The smog places are run by the state in centralized locations and charge a flat fee of $15. You drive in, they hook your car up to a computer, and you drive out with a certificate, the whole process took about 15 minutes. You never even leave your car! I was highly impressed. Then it was over to the Licensing Office. There were two people ahead of me. TWO. Not fifty like at the CA DMV. I waited about 2 or 3 minutes to get called to a booth where the gal processed my papers for both cars in about 10 minutes and at the end she handed me my plates. I didn't have to wait 2 months for the plates to come in the mail, I got them on the spot! The total cost for smogging one car and registering two came to $190.50. The same thing in CA would have cost me $376, that's a savings of $185.50, nearly 50% less. Less time, less money, and better results. WOOHOO!!
So now when I do something dumb in traffic, which is daily, I won't be that idiot California driver, I will just be an idiot.
PS I kept my CA plates and hung them up in my garage, just sentimental I guess.