Almost Legal


Today was the day I picked to finish getting Roxy legal. To do that, I had to do 2 things. First was get an oil change, then to get a smog check.

Oil change happened without a hitch*. A bit spendy, but about 1/2 the price of the dealer, so I’m not going to complain.

Then on to the smog check. A local shop that I was able to drive right into and get it started. First on the rollers, then enter all the info into the computer, the sniffer in the tailpipe and the cable into the computer port under the dash. Up to 10MPH, then 25MPH where the tech held it for about a minute. After all that was done, he powered down my car and proceeded to check the gas cap using a very complicated looking apparatus hooked into the test rig. Mine [open air quote] passed [close air quote] this test too after…well, let’s just say it passed and leave it at that. However, if you are getting a check engine light and you’re MINI is up in miles, this would be a good place to start checking.

Only thing left is to wait for the DMV to pull their heads out of their collective asses and acknowledge the fact that I am, again, an insured motorist. When I called late this afternoon, they still did not show my paper work being faxed over, so I have to check back in the morning.

All this just to get tags. Ugh.

*Next time I’m going to save another 50% and do it myself. It looks easy enough after I procure a 36mm socket


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