Well, I am officially on vacation for the entire week. Unfortunately, due to the "Cash for Clunkers" program that our illustrious leader has implemented, I will have to go in to work for a few hours Monday. The program is basically a good deal for the consumer but a raging nightmare for the dealers.
There are a certain set of criteria that must be met to even qualify for the "Clunker" program. Then there is so much paperwork that has to be compiled to send to the government before we can even get our money back. The "Clunkers" have to be made unusable and then junked. We have to void all the titles by writing "Junk Car, CARS.com" across the front and back of the title.
I can't believe how many people have no idea where their car title is! It just boggles the mind! How can you not know where the title to your vehicle is? If people truly understood the lengths one must go through to get a duplicate title, they would be more careful. But, they really don't care until the time comes for them to sell or trade their vehicle. And to obtain a out of state duplicate title is more than just a nightmare! It practically takes an act of congress and notarized statement to get the title. With all of the privacy laws that have been enacted over the past few years it really is incredibly difficult to even obtain a lien release from the lien holder unless the customer is sitting right there in front of you when you call the lien holder. I can understand the need for privacy. What I don't understand is the lack of intelligence on the public's part when it comes to important documents.
I deal with the department of motor vehicles on a daily basis. I know what is required by most states to get titles. We have even tried charging customers $50.00 for applying for lost titles and they will pay it just so they don't have to be bothered with it. If you ask me it isn't enough. We should charge more especially if it is an out of state title!
But that is just my opinion.
Mom and Tammie arrived last night and we went to Joe's Crab Shack for dinner. It was great and the food was delicious. I love going there. Julie went with us and we all had a great time. While I am off work this week we are going to go look a some houses just to get an idea of what price range we will be able to afford. They also want to go gem mining so I am going to take them to Ceaser's Head sometime this week also. Julie and I had a great time when we went a few years ago. I don't have a lot of money right now but hey, it will be a fun drive.
I guess that is about all I have to write about now. I will chat more later.
By the way, Tammie brought her puppy, "Hokey" with her and is he adorable. He is a nine month old Boston Bull dog and the most loving and playful thing you would ever find. He is so sweet.