You see... my car is a certified PoS. It's a 1992 Daihatsu Rocky SE. Not a bad car really - a 4x4 small frame truck. Good mileage and all that. Trouble is, Daihatsu stopped marketing cars in North America around 1993 - so parts are completely impossible to find. If you look them up, they show up as "dealer only" parts, only - there are no dealers.
So - our nice Canadian Tire representative called us this afternoon to say he was REALLY sorry - but he just couldn't find the parts he needed to fix my car so it would meet inspection. He'd tried. I believe him, of course, as I've gone through this before. So I get to go pick it up, failed inspection and un-registerable, this evening.
So now I have a large lawn ornament. I can't sell it (it won't register) and I can't even give it away (it won't register). Best case is to drive it carefully to Washington State and call a donation company to come get it for scrap or parts or something. Seems a shame, really. It does need some work, but it runs okay and still gets good mileage. It probably has another 50000 miles in it. *sigh*
So now we have the unexpected joy of having to go car shopping. Whee.