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  1. The plate stays with the car forever. . .
  2. Yes, you're right. At least just for clarification. A trip to La Uruca is not a big burden for me, although never pleasant. The information window should be able to at least tell me where I'm in standing on this process. Thanks for your replies, and the information you've provided.
  3. The website was down today, and I could only get on at this time. I wanted to be sure what I'm saying is accurate, and not from memory with my bad Spanish. I'm glad I waited. I applied at the main Immigration office in La Uruca, and did it myself. I also have my Comprobante which was issued at the time I applied. Yes, there was a recent change in my on line status report in the last week. But, perhaps not as I interpreted. I applied for permanent residence status a few days after receiving my renewed temporary status, and seeing the June 2017 date, thought that was the date I applied for permanent status, but that was the date for the issue of my renewed temporary status. The previous listing for my permanent status application, including the date, is no longer in my status report. The last two entries then are - ( I hope this formats correctly) Location My Name No Solicitud Tipo Solicitud Fecha Solicitud Estade Solicitud San Jose Drareg 135-xxxxxx Residente Temoral Pensionado 13/6/2017 Entregado Documento Unico San Jose Drareg 135-xxxxxx Presenta Escrito N/A Solicitud Recibida Bottom line -Something did occur with my file to cause an entry change, and I'm in the system, and will just have to wait until I see another change.
  4. I applied for permanent residency last June 2017, and checked online yesterday. I am now 'Solicitud Recibida'. I don't know if I should be grateful for the change, or concerned that after 9 months, my application has been 'received'? My temporary status is good until June 2019, and my main reason for getting permanent status is to avoid the hassle of renewing the temporary status. There are other advantages, but that is my main reason. So, I'm hopeful I'll have permanent status before my temporary expires. I'll keep checking the immigration website, optimistic that I will soon be 'Resolucion Firma', and then 'Resolucion Notificada'. This site helped me a lot in navigating the process, even with my limited (that's an understatement) Spanish, and also knowing what to expect after applying. http://www.migracion.go.cr/servicios_linea/consulta_expediente.html
  5. A couple of years ago, Costa Rica switched to a licence plate using an AAA NNN format, excluding vowels, but allowing Y. The previous version, using all numbers was now into the 900,000ths, and they did not want to go to a 7 digit plate were it to reach 1000000. At the time of the switch, for an additional fee, one could obtain a 'personalized plate', but, I didn't have my car at that time, or I would have chosen ZZZ 999, the highest possible plate number. Although I've never seen it on a vehicle, I suspect it was used by the time I needed a licence plate. Because I didn't want a plate that would restrict me from San Jose on a Monday, or Friday, I did choose a 3 as the last digit, restricting me on Tuesday, the day lest likely for me to need to be in San Jose. I also went with CDN (Canadian), although only one person so far, a Russian, got the reference. As a little fun thing to do while driving, or even, sitting in a park, I've been trying to see if I can find the lowest number plate of a car still on the road. I've seen old Toyotas in the 400's, but on Sunday, I came across what I believe is the lowest plate number in the country. I was on the AutoPista, turning to Ruta 3 to Heredia, when a split window Volkswagen Beetle, in black and red went down the freeway. And the licence plate number was 3. The split window Beetle was produced up until mid 1953. I can't explain it, but that made me thrilled. I just know (?) that there isn't a 0, 1, or 2 out there anymore.
  6. I've seen events sponsored by banks, such as the local Cooperative Victoria, offering financing, doing this on a Sunday, when the dealers are usually closed. It doesn't happen often though. There are no new car dealers in Grecia, you have to go to San Jose or other large centers, like Heredia or Libera, for new cars. There are also a lot of American cars at these dealers, which can mean problems, from little things, like having to use MPH in a metric country, to getting parts and service for models not sold here. Many cars written off in the USA, make their way down to Central America, like flood damaged. But some dealers buy USA cars at auctions, and bring them down, they're fine cars. And many cars are also local cars. Be prudent. The advantage to looking for a car on 'dealer row' in Grecia, is a wide selection, and most cars are popular models. Of course, the popular web site, CRautos, is another alternative, listing hundreds of cars.
  7. The parking meters, are actually sensors in the road, and part of the SmartParking system used in London and Barcelona.
  8. Kia now offers the Soul EV, in select states and provinces of North America. It has a 150 to 200 km (93 to 130 mile) range, and is fully electric, not a hybrid. It costs around $33,000 US, but I've read Costa Rica only charges a 10% import duty (check to confirm) on electric vehicles. http://www.kiacanada/soulev Will it ever be imported to Costa Rica? Ask at a Kia dealership, if the demand is there. . .
  9. Aren't most parking meters solar powered? I thought this would happen eventually in Grecia. I'm surprised though, that there is no (rare) enforcement of the illegal parking in the yellow zones, a lucrative source of revenue for the municipality. Is it also true that Costa Rica has purchased mobile decibel noise recorders for the thousands of open exhaust motos, and is planning on enforcing excessive noise violations? Or did I dream that one night?
  10. 'Never turn your back on your Geo Tracker' Or Suzuki Sidekick, same car. Who would ever steal a 25 year old car with a 1 bbl carb 1.3 litre engine, and a garbage bag for a rear window? So, my thinking went anyway. I did remove the ignition coil, but that didn't help. I've been car less for a few months now, as my Suzuki went 'missing' one night. Of course, no theft insurance. So, a neighbour is selling an almost identical car, but in much better condition. And, hopefully, in a few days, I have a car to drive again. Now, any ingenious theft prevention measures to give me? It will be parked in a gated estate this time, has an alarm, and I won't be so naive. My lawyer told me these are the highest theft vehicles in Costa Rica. Interesting that in North America, your odds are decreased by 50% if you have a manual transmission, as a lot of car thieves there, can't drive with a manual transmission. Of course, in Costa Rica, maybe 10% of cars have automatic transmissions, and every 10 year kid can drive a manual Suzuki Sidekick.
  11. Went to Granada on February 24, 2014, worried about this exit tax, and the hassle it would be to pay it. Decided to ignore it, and play dumb. Took the Ticabus, and unless it was collected by them, which I doubt as I only paid the $14 entry fee for Nicaragua, no one at Costa Rica immigration during my exit, asked for it, or a receipt. Just my passport.
  12. drareg

    It's time to move

    Update - if anyone still reads this 'old' thread. YouTube now forces everyone to join their social networking site, Google+, which I refuse to do, thus my videos cannot be played any longer. I've gone over to DailyMotion, and the video can be viewed under the name 'namlohdrareg'
  13. drareg

    It's time to move

    I do tolerate things like this, noise is part of living down here, from open exhausts on 250cc motorbikes, to futball fans, and so called 'parking attendents' shouting in the streets, to Easter parades down my street, and even when previously living in 'tranquil' Naranjito, the screech of toucans in the trees, and do 'turn them off' in my head. But this was unbearable. I have a car now, and it's not as necessary to live 'central' any longer. Having said that, I'd also go cabin crazy if I had to live in a remote area, without much human contact, or activates nearby. I like 'moderation' in everything.
  14. drareg

    It's time to move

    My landlord has attempted numerous times, with numerous agencies, to have something done about this. It seems it's more important that this guy has a job, then the nuisance he causes to hundreds of people. The law, as so many that are on the books, is ignored.
  15. drareg

    It's time to move

    Keep you volume high to gain a true sense of the noise here - when he was forced to move, he parks in a handicap spot. Filmed from my balcony. Almost 10 minutes of this. Yes, I'm giving notice for September 01. My landlord is a great guy, the apartment is large and spacious, but the noise is unbearable. I'll never rent again in a place that has paid parking near it.

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