It turns out that my car needs new brake hoses before it can go in for inspection. I've never even heard of brake hoses. In French, a brake hose is called un flexible de frein.The flexibles on my car are craquelés — cracking, deteriorating — and the official vehicle inspectors don't like to see that. I don't like the idea myself. The mechanic said he has to order the replacement hoses.
July 2011 — the Peugeot seen from the terrace
I'll take the car back in next week and the mechanic said he will take it personally to the inspection station after doing the repair and make sure it passes. He said it won't cost me any more that way, so I'm glad to have him do it. I won't have to sit in the waiting room for another hour or two.
Walt and I have decided to rent a car for two days so that the Peugeot can spend the night at the mechanic's if necessary. We wanted to go to Tours to do some shopping, so while our car is being repaired and inspected, we'll drive the rental over to Tours (a 90-mile round trip).
Also July 2011, some my most recent photos of the car, I think
Luckily, our local SuperU supermarket rents vehicles. According to the web site, the little car we can rent will cost 34 euros for 48 hours and 90 miles — a deal. Plus gas, of course, but we'd have to pay for that anyway. I have to go today and reserve the car (a little Fiat).
Today it's snowing all around. It's still dark here so I don't yet know whether we have snow on the ground. But TéléMatin reports some snow at Tours, and a couple of inches all around Paris. I heard it raining overnight, I think, so I'm going to be surprised if I see snow when the sun comes up in a few minutes.
P.S. At 8:15 a.m., no snow at our house...