Hello…As some of you may have read, I’m in the process of buying a Toyota Tundra. For those of you not aware of the model, it’s a very large, v8 engined double cab pickup with a million cupholders and America excess written all over it.
This thing has basically been sitting at a very good friends house since new, and I mean sit. At six years of age, the truck has a paltry 18k on the clock. It’s huge, impractical, and I love it.
I made arrangements for the purchase, had the vehicle appraised and financed. As it is a truck, and registered as such, two guarantors that live in my neighborhood have to state that I won’t carry passengers. Ok, took care of that.
I drove the truck down to the DMV, called my buddy Redwagon with the sunroof open, the stereo blaring, all that was missing was a cowboy hat, some quads in the back and a beer. Seventh heaven.
I took 4 parking spaces, and walked into the DMV to begin the title transfer…Anything and everything I could think of I had in triplicate. I renewed my license with my PARC, happy to not that I now get six years like a citizen. I pulled my tab and within 3 minutes my number (237) was called. I laid down my mountain of documenation, chops, receipts, money, secure in the knowledge that I was less than 2 minutes away from owning an amazing chunk of machinery.
“There is a problem” the laconic lady behind the counter said to me “Ok, what is it?” Certain I had forgotten to stamp something, or my Chinese signature was illegible I wasn’t worried.
She then dropped the bomb…“Oh you don’t have a Taiwan ID”? “Sorry, you can’t own a truck”
I was stunned…I have bikes, cars, loans, credit cards all in my own name…I also have a PARC. “What is this nonesense”? “I can buy a house, a car, a boat, but I can’t buy a truck”? “Look lady, I’m a permanent resident ok”, I’ve been here for 24years, and I have all kinds of things in my name" I’m allowed to work where I want, live where I want, and most importantly BUY what I want, the same as any Taiwanese citizen" “Let me speak to your supervisor please”
They took me upstairs to the Supervisors office, where they repeated the same archaic rule. I asked him what the purpose of the rule might actually be. “To protect Taiwan workers” he said.
We went round and round, to no avail…And my dream truck is slipping slowly through my fingers. I was so pissed that when I returned the truck to it’s current owner I had to have a drink.
I’ve never heard of such a thing…If they asked for a special license I could understand, but for what possible reason would they bar me from buying a lousy pickup?
The last words to come out of his mouth before I left were these " I know you are upset, copy your information and we’ll try and push it through" “We’ll get back to you in a few weeks”…
I know I’ve run into some kind of archaic dogma brick wall here, a rule, that because of it’s limited application, few foreigners would run afoul.
I ask you this fellow forumosan’s…Have any of you successfully circumnavigated this hurdle? And please don’t tell me to simply register in my wife’s name. It’s a cop out, and I’ve already arranged financing in my own name.
I want the DMV to recognize my right as a PARC holder to share the same buying rights as anyone else.