Today we went on a tour with the Mini. To be more specific, the British Tour in Flanders Fields. We had to get up early for this one. We were expected in Ypres at 9 am, but its a 2 hour drive for us. On our way there, we were caught in the middle of a heavy rain shower. The Mini started aquaplaning so bad I had to pull over for a while. But we eventually arrived without a scratch. We immediately saw two other Minis, a Mustang, an Austin 1300 and many other beautiful cars.
Today I went with the Mini to the inspection. Since it was the first time this car went to the inspection in Belgium, and there were no existing Belgian papers or insurance, I had to drive there with garage plates. So first of all, I'd like to thank Koeklenberg Garage for lending me those plates. They drove me to the inspection and helped me with some other issues (more on that later).
Oh yes, it's there. After a long wait I have the certificate of conformity of my Mini! I was wondering if I would try to get it through the Belgian conformance inspection, or through EuroCoC . EuroCoC is a company that arranges your certificate of conformity for you. You enter the data of your car on their site, and upload a scan of documents of your car and they will arrange everything for you, at a price of course. The advantage is that all this is much faster than the Belgian inspection.
Another step further into the registration process of my Mini. I went to the customs with all my papers, including the printed copy of the German deregistration certificate. The first thing the customs officer asked me when I showed her the copy was: "Don't you have the originam". My heart skipped a beat. I just had to wait more than 3 months before I got hold of this copy. And now I thought that even this would not be sufficient. So I reply with a frightened voice: "No ...". "Oh no problem." Phew! I actually thought I would have to drive all the way to Germany.
Bad news! Well ... sort of. As you may recall I informed myself about the papers I needed to import a car into Belgium before I bought it. The deregistration certificate was not one of those papers. So I confidently bought a Mini Monza at The Little Car Company without this certificate. The Little Car Company is a Dutch company, but they bought this Mini in Germany.
Today's the day! After a long search of almost a year I finally found the perfect Mini. That said, I should also mention that in the beginning of my search, I was dreaming and fantasizing more than I was actually searching. At that time, I didn't have enough money to actually buy a Mini. At least, not in the state that I wanted it to be. The Mini had to be in good condition so I could drive it immediately without any problems. After half a year, I had saved up enough money, and the real quest could begin. I began my search on the known used car sites.