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Forum: USA
Feb 2nd 2016, 2:27 am
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By aardvark

Re: SoCal Accountant with Visa Experience?

NR , two visas and yes one is eligible under a pretty hefty tax treaty. It's a nice chunk of money that I could be getting or giving back depending on how the laws work and I don't want to be caught...
Forum: USA
Jan 25th 2016, 10:02 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By aardvark

SoCal Accountant with Visa Experience?

Hey all,

It's that time of year again. I've got semi-complicated taxes this year because I've been on two separate visas and don't think HR Block will give me the best bang for my buck. Anyone got...
Forum: USA
Dec 27th 2015, 10:29 am
Replies: 25
Views: 2,114
Posted By aardvark

Re: Game Artist with a question related to upcoming UK-US move

Bumping an older thread I know but thought I'd chime in. I'm a games dev (art side) based in Southern California if you have any questions about California or the scene here specifically.

As...
Forum: USA
Sep 14th 2015, 8:00 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Re: Car Rental?

I understand all of this and after doing the hard math I'll most likely try to get a loan from my bank for a fairly nice used car (2-3 years old) for around 15k, if I can grab a decent APR rate. I...
Forum: USA
Sep 14th 2015, 3:07 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Re: Car Rental?

Considering I aim to find a car within a month, ($760 in rental fees including everything [my best quote]), finding a car, buying a car, registration and taxes, plus selling that car, will overall...
Forum: USA
Sep 13th 2015, 3:59 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Re: Car Rental?

No, I don't have Amex. I'm reluctant to apply for another credit card since I'm trying to build credit and I'm not sure I'd get issued another one currently.

My current card only covers collision...
Forum: USA
Sep 12th 2015, 5:47 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Re: Car Rental?

carrentals? Carhire 3000 doesn't seem to be a thing anymore.
Forum: USA
Sep 12th 2015, 1:34 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Re: Car Rental?

Perhaps. I usually read all the small print/check boxes so I'd be surprised if it slipped by me.
Forum: USA
Sep 12th 2015, 11:45 am
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Re: Car Rental?

I had AAA before but cancelled it upon leaving the States (wasn't sure on whether I was coming back). I don't want to take a 70$ hit just to find out their rates aren't too great - what is the quoted...
Forum: USA
Sep 10th 2015, 10:54 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 1,417
Posted By aardvark

Car Rental?

Hello BE, it's been a while.

I'm posting again and guess what - IT'S ABOUT CARS!

Last time I posted here I was just moving to the USA for an internship. I'm extremely lucky to have been able to...
Forum: USA
Jul 6th 2015, 8:08 am
Replies: 23
Views: 3,518
Posted By aardvark

Re: Driving in California - licenses and buying cars.

Thanks for the tip. I know Kellas Blue Book undervalues the car.. But I'm hoping to get most of my money back on it since I did quite a few big repairs and only drove like 5000 miles on it! :) I'll...
Forum: USA
Jul 5th 2015, 11:03 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 3,518
Posted By aardvark

Re: Driving in California - licenses and buying cars.

If you're still looking for a car and you're in SoCal then I'm selling my little Golf right now. Lasted me my 1.5 years on J-1 for a little runaround and did my best to keep it going. Looking for...
Forum: USA
Feb 5th 2014, 5:27 am
Replies: 26
Views: 16,096
Posted By aardvark

Re: UK to US Jet Lag (LHR to LAX)

Same as the others. I moved out here to OC 2 or so weeks ago and had no problem adjusting. Jet lag was the least of my concerns, haha! Although, I was already on an American schedule because of all...
Jan 24th 2014, 3:51 pm
Replies: 15
Views: 1,722
Posted By aardvark

Re: Prove Intent To Return

Great! I'm looking at places to live in Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach. I'm liking CM most so far cause it's in the middle of everything. I also started my trainee possition and drove on an...
Forum: USA
Jan 22nd 2014, 6:52 am
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

Just an update to say I'm out here and boy is it crazy! Loving it so far though, but phoning the folks is tough!
Jan 22nd 2014, 6:40 am
Replies: 15
Views: 1,722
Posted By aardvark

Re: Prove Intent To Return

In the States now and I already miss her. She is well looked after though. :)
Forum: USA
Jan 14th 2014, 12:24 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,864
Posted By aardvark

Re: SSN - 10 days?

Great. Thanks guys. Appreciated. :)
Forum: USA
Jan 14th 2014, 12:12 am
Replies: 20
Views: 1,864
Posted By aardvark

SSN - 10 days?

Hey all,

Quick question that I was suggested to take to a new thread. I've read that I need to wait 10 days before I can apply for an SSN so I'm in the "system", and if I try before I risk waiting...
Forum: USA
Jan 13th 2014, 9:24 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

MarylandNed - as far as I understand neither of those apply to me? I am authorised to work as a student trainee on the J-1 and will have a DS-2019 as my equivalent document. Am I correct here?
...
Forum: USA
Jan 13th 2014, 1:34 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

Thanks guys. I understand that. I also understand I can't really apply for my ssn until after 10 days, which I need to apply for the license. I've got the handbook to read on my plane journey over so...
Forum: USA
Jan 12th 2014, 8:14 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

I honestly don't think I'm that confident of a cyclist... I am not very good at it and I've heard it can be quite dangerous cycling in Orange County... (unless there are dedicated cycling paths off...
Forum: USA
Jan 12th 2014, 5:26 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

Will do. :) I've got a lot of people supporting me all the way through this so I understand how lucky I am. Think it's gonna be okay. :)
Forum: USA
Jan 12th 2014, 4:14 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

Hmm, I will speak to my company tomorrow to see if there is a carpool service I can join, but I feel I'll be pretty limited without a car. The bus is a possibility, but it also will take like 1-2...
Forum: USA
Jan 11th 2014, 11:11 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

Thanks all. Alas, I arrive at 7:15pm and I don't fancy driving from LA if I've never driven in the states before. But was a good idea!

The bus will run, but it takes an hour to an hour and a half...
Forum: USA
Jan 11th 2014, 10:33 pm
Replies: 62
Views: 4,811
Posted By aardvark

Re: Freaking Out over Getting a Car

Well, looks like I'll have to rent while I figure it out. That car company I linked is giving me a good quote of $1000 for everything (including local fees) until the end of February, as long as I...
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