La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...

I arrive at the Citroën garage.

‘What do I need to do to register my 2CV in France?’

I am told to go to the third office on the right. Here I am given a form.

I require 4 documents and each of these 4 documents requires supporting documentation (no surprise here!!) :-

1. Certificat d’Importation

2. Certificat de Conformité

3. Contrôle Technique

4. Carte Grise

My first step is to go to the Impôts Office in Ploërmel with a letter from the seller, confirming that he has sold me the 2CV, and the registration document. I am given a certificat d’Importation.

Will the 2cv pass its' MOT?

Will the 2cv pass its' MOT?

Flushed with success, I return to the Citroën garage. Next step is the certificat de conformité. To obtain this certificate, I need 8 documents and to provide a cheque for €150. One of the documents I need is a contrôle technique (MOT). I drive to the MOT garage.

‘Oh non madame, we cannot MOT your car until you have the certificat de conformité.’

I show the MOT mechanic my letter from Citroën which says I need a contrôle technique before I can apply for the certificat de conformité. He shows me an official document stating that he cannot perform a contrôle technique unless he has a Carte Grise or a certificat de conformité.

I return to the Citroën garage. I explain that it appears that I cannot obtain either document without first obtaining the other.

The Citroën overalled mechanic gives a gallic shrug.

I leave the 2CV Chez Citroën. Will they be able to sort out this bureaucratic tangle?

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