Sunday, 13 January 2019

I Wish I had Good News

I've been putting off posting, because there really hasn't been any 'good' news to report, the situation with the car seems to have gone from bad to worse, Javier and the Diesel 'expert' appear to have had us over a barrel, it appears there was nothing wrong with the old injectors a clean would not have resolved, so we paid out millions of pesos for nothing, as a result Marcela has told Javier just what she thinks of him, and we have taken the Nissan back to her Uncle, who we used, before a fall out five years ago, over work supposedly done.

As a result the Nissan was sent for a diagnostic report, and it appears that the problem is not with the Turbo part at all, but with the engine itself, so 'Uncle' is going to strip it down and give us a quote, before we decide whether to pay out more, he has had the car since Thursday, and we are waiting fingers crossed. He thinks it would pass it's Revision Tecnico in it's current state, as they have stopped the black smoke, but there is a compression problem, so if it looks like being silly money, we will get it through it's revision, and sell it at a loss, and start again, but no more turbo diesels!

The Bike has also had it's problems, but they are getting sorted quicker, the day we took the car to Medellin, I noticed a knocking coming from the back wheel area, so the following morning after taking Marcela to work, I called at the workshop in Copacabana to see Andrés, he took it for a run, and decided the problem was the wheel bearings, I thought I would have to return at a later date to have it repaired, but straight into the workshop, back wheel off, bearings replaced on the wheel and the chain cog, and it is fine...Great service!

Then on Friday, when going to fetch Marcela from work, I couldn't understand why I was getting hooted at, I thought it was just impatient drivers, but I then realised that the rear right indicator wasn't working, so when I arrived home, I took the bulb out, it was fine, so the problem had to be electrical.

Therefore yesterday morning, Marcela and I had to go to Copacabana shopping, with her acting as my right rear indicator, her arm was up and down like a Dolphin's flipper, again I stopped to ask Andrés, who had a look and said he knew what the problem was, the cable is fed up the inside of the mudguard, and they drop, rubbing on the tyre, that section of cable needed to be replaced, but it meant removing the rear wheel again, so I arranged to call in on Monday, I will just have to be careful in the meantime.

The Viewers for the finca, I mentioned in my last post, came last Monday, and showed great interest in the house, although they are not cash buyers as we were lead to believe, so we are now waiting on them seeing if they can raise funds.

The Government in their wisdom, are looking at changing the laws on property purchases / selling, no longer will people be able to leave the value unchanged on the escrituras, the escritura will have to show the purchase value. They are saying that direct cash purchases will no longer be allowed, all money will have to be deposited through a Bank Account, to ensure no one avoids paying their taxes, and they are also going to add IVA onto purchases, but at what rate hasn't been stated, this is just an attempt at filling the Government coffers, but I think it will backfire badly on the Government, because people just wont sell their properties, and the housing market will become stagnant, reducing the income the Government receive. Now we just have to wait and see if and when this is introduced.

Monday, 7 January 2019

House for Sale

Yesterday, Marcela e out for a belated Birthday lunch, it was to a Restaurant we go to once a year for the Sobrebarriega (baked flank steak) it is delicious, but as you get older the portion is really too big, and I struggled, however left with an empty plate, unlike Marcela who brought some of hers home for tea.

We had gone early because the appointment with the Comisionista was at 3pm for a potential Buyer to view the house, at 4.50pm, Marcela contacted one of the two Partners, who said, no the appointment is tomorrow (Monday) at 3pm not today, fortunately Marcela had the confirmation from the other Partner on her Whatsapp, so there was no argument, and an apology was made.

Today at midday, Marcela contacted the Partner again to confirm the appointment, and was told that the client was not theirs, but of another Comisionista, therefore the fee would be 4% not 3% as agreed. Marcela said she would speak to me first. We discussed it, firstly when we agreed to go on this Comisionista's books, she had said 4%, but as all the others were 3%, we had turned her down (she approached us, not the other way around), secondly we have no proof there is another Comisionista in the mix, it could be just a way to raise her fee again, and every percentage point is $3.000.000+  so it's not cheap. We agreed to tell her to forget it if she wouldn't accept 3%, she wouldn't so that's another Viewer bites the dust. I am not really that concerned at the moment, because we can't sell before January 15th anyway because of the problems at the Town Hall.

I have also started putting out our own adverts, if we can sell direct, we will save a minimum of $9.000.000, giving us more room to negotiate on the price, it's just the risk of unaccompanied Viewing that we would have to be careful of.

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Phone call at 2.30pm, from the Comisionista, the potential buyers were insisting on viewing the house, so it was a run around panic, to tidy up yet again, and they arrived, as usual I stayed out of the way with the dogs, and let Marcela do the leg work, they were certainly interested, but now they have to see if they can sort things out with the Bank, so we are not counting our chickens...just yet! As for the Comisionista, she is just a pain!

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Car Saga Cont'd

This morning we went to take the boys for a wash, cut and brush up, on the way back, I noticed we had black smoke, to cut a very long story short, it would appear that the problem was not with the injectors at all, but with the 'valve', I have no idea what valve, but whatever it is, is only $600.000, so it looks as if I have spent $5.000.000 unnecessarily and now have to find the money for the valve and fitting, OK I guess at least we wont have to worry about the injectors in the near future, but it is certainly turning a reasonably priced car, into a damned expensive one.

I know I spent a lot on the Montero when I first bought it, it is certainly a risk with any second hand vehicle, but I had diesel after diesel when I was in the UK, and had no problems with any of them, I can only hope that once we get this sorted out, that it gives us years of trouble free motoring.

Anyway, we found out today, that Javier, our mechanic's knowledge of diesels is limited, so after five years of going to him, we will be looking for another Mechanic.

On the way home, we picked up the boys from the Peluquería, a couple of hours late, so they received a tip to keep them on side, and back home for lunch at 3pm.

Late this afternoon we had a call from one of the Comisionistas selling our house, to ask if she could bring someone tomorrow at 3pm, apparently it's a cash buyer, so now we are arranging the house yet again, in the hope they turn up this time, and keeping our fingers crossed that they are interested enough to make an offer.