I am sure that most of you will have read of the tyre shortage as a result of strikes and a shortage of material that must be imported.
My car has a high-performance “run flat “ tyre.
They have not been available for some months, and I should have changed them about 2 months ago.
My local tyre guy hasn’t been able to get them but I got a call last week from one of his mates and he offered me an unknown brand for $US 850 per tyre . I had to commit there and then – so I said no thanks.
I called a friend who works in a car showroom in Montevideo in Uruguay and asked for some help – in ten minutes he came up with a quote of $390 per tyre.
So by shopping in Uruguay, I save $ 1800 dollars…..
Bloody crazy, so later on this week, I get the ferry over with Mrs GJ and GJ Jr , change the tyres and nip down to Punta del Este for a week with the money we have saved.
We normally have a pre-Christmas week in Carilo – so this year we do not spend in the local economy but in our neighbouring country.
I am also unable to get a rear light for my car – the importer says he does not have a date when he will have them again – I have bought the light in Spain, but I am not allowed to import it. Clearly someone is protecting importers who cannot import.
Life in Argentina is wonderful.