Wednesday, 4 April 2012
And while we're talking about cars....
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!