Today I visited the DRIRE Centre de Controle de Vehicules (car control centre) in Viriat to have the (hopefully) last check of my car. I left home at about 8:15, got there two minutes late to the appointment 10:30, and got back to work just in time to lunch 13:00.
The check itself took between 10 and 15 minutes, and I didn't even have to start the engine! The guy just looked under the hood (mostly at the ID and model numbers), and that was it. Did I really use half a day to go somewhere to check what could have been checked practically anywhere? Seems like it.
After the check the guy told me they would send the papers to the Gex sous-prefecture, so I should be able to get a carte grise in about five days. If you're reading this, would you mind crossing all available fingers and toes, pray to whichever god you pray to, and just generally focus your mind-power on wishing that this thing goes through soon? Much obliged :-)