Getting a car, Getting free
Mareeba, where I live in now, is a small local town. I don’t like living in a big city, so I am happy to be in a quiet town like Mareeba. However, living in a small town without a car is something like living in a prison. Even if you don’t have a car, you can survive, but scope of activities is limited to a very narrow area. It’s like a prisoner. Once you have a car, you get free. There is no doubt that it is better to have a car.

However, I was surprised when I knew how high the price of a used car in Australia was. An old sedan which is 10 years old, manual transmission, over 200,000km travel distance, costs 7,000 AUD (about 500,000 JPY). I suppose I can buy such an old car for less than 300,000 JPY in Japan. I have limited funds. I wish I had unlimited funds, but, anyway, 7,000 AUD is too high to pay. I have to save money when working away from home, otherwise my wife will complain about that.

So, what should I do? Should I get free or should I save money? I was seriously wondering, but finally my colleague helped me make a decision. He said, “It’s not a matter of money. You won’t get another chance to spend 6 month in Australia. You must enjoy Australian life this time. How can you do without a car?” Then, I decided to have a car.

Last Monday, I went to a used car dealership in Cairns and bought an 11-years old Holden Astra for 6,200 AUD. The dealership was somewhat dubious. When I tried a test drive, the engine did not start because of battery flat. I felt a shade of anxiety, but they replaced the battery with a new one, so I relieved. At this moment, I didn’t know my bad feeling would turn out to be right. Actually, the condition of the car had been very well until I drove down to Cairns on Saturday.

Then, what happen on Saturday? I’ll tell you later.
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