Sunday, February 12, 2006
Just A Note
If you ever live near a military base in Germany, you may be amazed to find out that old BMWs are extremely valuable on base, and worthless once you leave the gate. I have an old '88 316 beater that I bought from a friend. As long as they are running, you can expect anywhere between $900 and $1500 on base. But I tried to trade it in today, and I was informed that you can't give away an old BMW to a German. The salesman offered to store it on his lot until I could get rid of it, or try to find some good parts on it that I could trade him, but absolutely would not take the car. So now I am looking for another Joe to pawn it off on. Apparently Germans have to pay a really high tax to drive old cars that don't meet new emission standards. US soldiers are exempt from this tax, and we pay about a third of the price that they pay for gas.