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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

And while we're talking about cars....

At 2.30 this morning I was woken up by the dogs barking.  Then my mobile phone started ringing.  It was Mr A telling me he was outside the house and could I let him in.

Half asleep, it was a few minutes before it registered that he couldn't have got here from Kusadasi at this time by public transport, and then he pointed to a car parked outside the gate.

I assumed he had borrowed a friend's car to come home but he informed me that it was in fact our car.  Well, to be precise it's almost our car.  He hasn't paid for it yet.

The carpet selling job in Kusadasi was only ever a temporary thing.  They wanted someone to demonstrate and sell to groups from the cruise ships during March/April, as their regular staff don't start work until 1st May, so Mr A jumped at the chance to earn some money before starting work in Bodrum in May.  They only have groups two days a week at the moment, hence the reason why Mr A has been able to come home for a few days at a time.

We've been without transport for some weeks now, since Mr A sold his motorbike to pay for other more important things.  He had already been approached by the boss of the hamam near Bodrum where he worked last year, to work for him again this year.  The plan was for Mr A to stay in personnel accommodation at the hotel, until he had saved enough money to buy a motorbike or car.

Recently, the boss informed Mr A that there was no personnel accommodation this year, so Mr A said that it would probably not be possible for him to work for him after all, as we couldn't afford to buy a vehicle at the moment.

The boss then offered to pay for a vehicle on his credit card, and for Mr A to repay him from his earnings.   Mr A did very well for the boss last year, so clearly he was keen to have him there again this year.

I thought Mr A would have to wait until 1st May to get a vehicle, but the boss agreed to pay for it earlier.   Mr A found this car in Kusadasi.  It's a pretty bog standard Tofaş, but in very good condition, and because it's a Turkish car it will be economical in terms of parts and repairs.

What I find quite amazing is the trust involved here.  The boss won't be paying for the car until next Monday, but the car dealer just handed the car over to Mr A yesterday without asking for a deposit.

Incredible isn't it?  I can't imagine this happening anywhere else but Turkey!

16 comments:

  1. Absolutely super, isn't it! A world away from the banks and their crooked ways.

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  2. That will be so much better for you both. Something similar happened in our local town in Catalunya when Steve enquired about purchasing three large solar panels when we first moved out there. Although we weren't able to pay the large sum of money until the next day, the shop owner insisted we take the panels away with us, without knowing who we were or where we lived or anything. Amazing!

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    1. Jan. It's great to be trusted isn't it? And I think the vast majority of people wouldn't think of betraying that trust.

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  3. Ooh, that's nice! I remember my grandmother's green 1980s Tofas - driving down from Istanbul to Kusadasi all the way with no air conditioning and leather seats with - for some reason - a fur cover on them!

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    1. They're not bad cars Deniz..pretty reliable. Oh yes there are so many cars here with the fur seat covers and have you seen the fur dashboards and the back shelves? Goodness knows why? Thankfully no fur in this one, although really awful bright seat covers and some vivid cushions on the back shelf!

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    2. hehehehe.........fur dashboard and fur seats. I know that if in Detroit or LA you see one of those cars you stay clear away. Usually the cops have them on their list already.

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  4. What a heart-warming story, Ayak. Such trust by the dealer and Mr A's boss. Enjoy the car!

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    1. We will enjoy it Perpetua. I love the way there is so much trust between people here.

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  5. So nice to know that there are still people in the world so trust-worthy and that you don't have to go through a mountain pile of paperwork.
    Congratulations on your new car...now you and Mr. A can zip around town and use the Dolmus less. Even though that Dolmus ride sure sounds like a load of fun by itself. My husband said those cars are are very reliable.

    Enjoy your new car.....now Beki and Poppy can also go for a ride with you. have a great day!!! XX

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    1. Well I'll have to wait a bit longer for a ride in the car Erica, as Mr A has just returned to Kusadasi and won't be back now until the job finishes in a couple of weeks..but I'm looking forward to it.

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  6. That is incredible and as you say, a tremendous amount of trust going on.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  7. no where in the US could that sort of thing happen...handing over a car with no money changing hands! it's probably even against the law ;-) but in small communities where people have known each other since the beginning of time it might happen or something pretty close to it even in the US! let's face it the whole of Turkey must know where you and Mr. A live...and they know Mr. A is an honorable man! I hope you get to ride soon!

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    1. I'll never quite get used to the way there is so much trust amongst people here Theanne. I can remember in my first year here, when we were living in Turgutreis, when the shopkeepers closed up for the night, they left all their wares outside the shops. They had always done this. Nothing was ever stolen....until tourism moved in. Then, sadly, things went missing..tourists helping themselves. So it gradually changed and the shopkeepers had to move their stock into their shops at night.

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