I got my auto registration for my Forester, Nader, and was in for a shock: Itís $325! Now, that wonít impress you Californians out there, but considering we just recently paid less than a third of that on my wifeís car, Ninjette, it was an unpleasant surprise. It was hefty last time for Nader, but I figured that was due to the fact it was a new car registration. It turns out that the state is engaging in affluence-discrimination. A form of progressive taxation under the idea that if you can afford a newish car (less than five years old) you must be fishiní loaded. My inner conservative is outraged as this is yet another way our increased income is being chipped away at. My inner liberal points out that my paying $225 to the state ($100 is local) allows someone barely getting by on a clunker* to pay $30 (and less on the county, though I canít find the exact number). Intellectually, the liberal wins. The conservative hasnít calmed down yet.
Anyway, I hadnít heard of this before. I thought three-digit registration was something that only blue coastal states did.
* Ė Ironically, this puts us in both categories, since my car is relatively new and my wifeís is almost old enough to get its own drivers license.
When I got back to the airport in Deseret, I was happy to see that Nader was dirty as all getout. (I was not so happy that Nader’s battery was dead.) I feel like a bad Subaru owner when Nader is clean. Go to a Subaru dealership, and the pictures they have all over the walls are not of a clean car, but a picture of the dirtiest one they can find. In-keeping with the image and all that. I don’t exactly go offroading. I wouldn’t let it get dirty just to assuage my insecurities, but the below-freezing weather has made a carwash a bad idea. So, for now anyway, I feel like a proper Subaru owner.
At Ataturk’s, a guy roled up in a Subaru Forester of the same color as mine. My first thought was “Hey, cool.”
My second thought was “You don’t see many of those down here.”
My third thought was “Why the hell would anybody down here by a Subaru?”
We bought ours strictly for climate reasons. Otherwise, no reason to care about the AWD. And without caring about the AWD, some of the competing cars are competitively priced. We probably would have gone with one of those.