So I played around with my camera:
I got my Mégane 3 RS last saturday, since then, I had it inspected, did an oil change, and learned that I probably won’t be able to register it.
I bought the car in Germany 2 weeks ago. A 2010 Renault Mégane RS with the cup package.
It’s 2.0T 4 cylinder engine is good for 250hp. The 6 speed manual gearbox brings the power to the front wheels. The stopping power is provided by 4 piston Brembo brakes.
The cup package give it a stiffer suspension and a much needed limited slip differential. It should also have specific 19 inch wheels, which were swapped for “basic” 18 inch RS wheels by the former owner for unknown reasons.
It’s painted Renault Sport yellow, which in my opinion looks a little less awesome than the Sirius yellow, but still looks great, especially with the black accents and the gunmetal gray wheels.
The cloth Recaro buckets have are as comfortable as they look, but they offer great lateral support, and they look awesome!
The interior gets the Renault Sport treatment: yellow tach, yellow seatbelts, black/yellow seats with yellow stitching.
It is totally impractical, the trunk access is way too small, the rear windows offer absolutely no visibility, but who cares about what happens behind, objects in the mirror are loosing!
So back to the non registerable part: it was originally a French car, which had a crash in 2011.
If a car has structural damage (even minor) in France, the expert can take away the cars papers until it is repaired and expertised safe for road usage. Instead of being repaired, the car was exported to Germany. It was repaired there and put on the road again.
When I tried to register it in France, I was told what had happened to the car (without details), and that they needed an expertise to be able to register it.
I called an expert my parents used to work with, who told me that he wouldn’t give it an approval since he didn’t see the original expertise of the broken car, and hadn’t seen what was done to it.
Now I have two options: find a way to get the original expertise and an expert who will greenlight the car based on what was broken vs. the current state, or get the dealer to take the car back, and get something different. I’ll return to the dealer next Monday, since the boss is on vacation right now.