Welcome to Mazamet. Pam & I arrived in Mazamet a year ago and started off with mixed feelings about the place. Now, 12 months later, we want to stay for another year. Sadly, we don't own a house here, as we have done a home exchange, and it comes to the end in March.
On the subject of buying a car, we thought hat it would be difficult and tedious, but we saw a note in the window of a car that had parked opposite our house. Two weeks later it is ours and we love it. Insurance and immatriculation all done and dusted.