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Author Topic: Buy What is Locally Common  (Read 965 times)

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Buy What is Locally Common
« on: 06 Jun 2016, 09:00:02 »
When you move to a new country, your first thought concerning vehicles is to bring what you have. Generally, that's a mistake. Why? Because, at a minimum, the same brand and model can differ significantly in different markets. Thus, mechanics won't know how to deal with the differences and parts may not be locally available.

For example, I recently traded a car I didn't like for a Ford Escape which is really a Mazda. But, I found out it was from California. Lots of things are the same but there are emission control devices that are unique to U.S. market cars. While my mechanic can deal with most things, there are devices he has never seen.

Another common issue is automatic transmissions. In much of the world, they just don't exist. If you have a problem places to fix them are few and far between.

In addition to this issue, you will have the costs and issues related to importation. Assuming you drive the car to your new home, the only costs will be the tax on the vehicle. (Note that if you have pensioner residency, you may have an exemption granted tor this tax.) Generally, the valuation of the car is from a standard the country uses (e.g., Kelly Blue Book) rather than the price you claim.

Finally, driving conditions may just make a first world car pretty useless. For example, the road from where I live to Panajachel is only 10 km but it winds up and down along the shoreline. Virtually at that trip is made in 2nd gear in a car with a five-speed transmission. Part of it is that you actually are going pretty slow and part is, I expect, it is geared higher that a similar model sold in this market.



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