Black 09 StickerNovember 27, 2008 @ 08:11 pm ๐Ÿ”— Post Linkpolitics, pondering, cars Cash grab

Cash grab

Yes to get that little Black 09 sticker that is no bigger than a stamp was A LOT of running around and time wasted. In Ontario you renew your driverโ€™s license typically around your birthday. So it was time for me to renew. The renewal process itself is quick and painless (except for $80 governmental cash grab). The problem is Drive Clean. I think it is a great idea to regulate emissions but having to use Ministry โ€˜approvedโ€™ shops to repair cars with emission issues is brutal. I took my car in, it failedโ€ฆ it needed x, y, z done to it.

Now Iโ€™m sure *any* shop can fix x, y ,z but they canโ€™t. Work done for emission repair for Drive Clean has to be done by an authorized shop. Sighโ€ฆ So I start calling around to get the emissions repair work done on my car. First place is booking into December (what!), next place was the same, Toyota dealership canโ€™t do the workโ€ฆ and so it went on. Eventually I just returned to the place that did the test and had them fix it. Fortunately the shop was able to clean my existing parts and get a pass without having to replace a bunch of expensive stuff. The labour was just under $200, but I figure it could have been a lot worse. They will get more of my business in the future. So I finally get my Drive Clean PASS down to the Ministry of Transportation, get my sticker, and it ripped as I was putting it on. *Joy*