My First Car Is Back Finally, Registered Too

Since the day that I have damaged my first second-hand car named Boogie, there had been many changes already. Many repairs and expenses incurred. Owning a car is an investment.

Despite the advancement of vehicular technology, budget-wise, I still will not sell this 1994 Toyota Corolla XE Big Body which was finally back and registered last 1 June 2020 which was within the extension period allotted for car registration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The final repair for Boogie was done on the brake system because it was smoking on the right front wheel after continuous usage, due to seized calipers, too. Although there are still recommended items to be repaired on the next service including tie-rod ends, rack ends and boots, all four struts suspension, and chassis, for now, I will be saving for additional budget for these repairs. I also plan to have a tinsmith fix the dents and minor damages on Boogie’s body. Plus, I also want to have repainting done.

For the vehicle repair jobs, I was especially thankful for the Ninja Works Kansai Service at Lower Burgos Street, Baguio City for painstakingly doing the major repairs. Even though their specializations are Nissan vehicles, they did a fine job.

Also, along with the brake system done, I also requested that the signal lights, clearance lights and the tail lights to be checked and repair, if possible and they managed to do it. They even replaced the horn and now it is loud enough to be heard.

All in all, the major repairs including compression test, transmission, clutch disc, plate, release bearing, alternator, CV (Constant Velocity) boots, degreasing, harness fixing, change oil, clutch and brake bleeding, headlamps, cigarette lighter, and finally, the shifter linkage which was the final culprit when Boogie was still was having trouble going uphill, with no power at all.

I have spent 21,960 pesos because the “car won’t accelerate on load” plus another 5,000 pesos for the brake system along with the signal lights to be repaired because the signal lights had failed during the LTO (Land Transportation Office) mandatory vehicle inspection which is now done at Beckel, La Trinidad, Benguet which is 4.2 kilometers away from LTO Pacdal.

The total of almost 27,000 pesos was the biggest amount that I have paid for the repairs of Boogie. But, it was worth it.

Regarding LTO registration, there was an “alarm” to be lifted first and I was informed that I needed to call LTO Tagaytay because the new plate is already available there. So, I had to queue twice to pay for the registration fees which costs 1,629.06 pesos that already includes Cost of Stickers 50.00, Legal Research Fund 10.00, MVUC 1,400.00, and Comp Fee 169.06. No stickers were available, only official receipt.

It was also a good thing that they did not ask for the original official receipt which I lost last 1 April 2019. Also, for the Certificate of Emission Compliance or also known as Vehicle Emission Testing, I was able to have a discount of 50 pesos from an original price of 550.00 pesos. Then, the CTPL insurance or also called Compulsory Third Party Liability insurance costs 500 pesos which were supposed to be 600 pesos because a senior lady asked for a discount and I was lucky enough to be there, heard it and was also given a discount including free photocopies of the OR CR or Official Receipt Certificate of Registration.

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