[quote=“Blaquesmith”]Thanks for the answer.
Thing is, I have a driver’s license from Spain. In my country, I can drive both cars and motorbikes up to 125cc. I see that in Taiwan, with a car license you can only drive cars and scooters up to 50cc.
So, would you recommend:
- Try to buy a car in Taiwan (my gf says the cars in Taiwan are very expensive to buy and mantain)
- Buy a tiny scooter (I don’t like them very much)
- Apply for a heavy motorbike license and try to buy one (thing is, i couldn’t get one in my city because there are too many bikes and exams are f*cking difficult… they turned me down three times)
I like small, agile cabrio cars (smart F2, smart roadster, mini, toyota mr5…). In bikes, I like cruiser, road and custom bikes… but I’m afraid either that kind of cars or bikes are too expensive in Taiwan.[/quote]
Without knowing your budget its a bit difficult to answer in regards to what’s expensive and what’s not. I would argue that new cars are very cheap in Taiwan and cars which are in such poor condition that they shouldn’t be on the road are very expensive. Cars here are almost impossible to fail in a government inspection and so even in very poor condition they still remain in the market. Such cars in most developed countries would be scrapped long before that stage of disrepair.
For around 150,000NT you could find a reasonable car in an acceptable state of repair. The most costly thing in Taiwan is not the car but the parking. Parking spaces in Taipei city cost from 4,000~6,000NT per month for an underground personal space, so factor that into your cost. Insurance is relatively cheap though and tax on a small car should cost around 15,000NT per year, so that’s not much either.
Small cars are advantageous here, but finding a nippy and small performance car will certainly be more tricky than a typical run of the mill Japanese family saloon or SUV. I would wait until you get here and experience some of the driving standards for yourself before you make your mind up about purchasing or even setting yourself on the road. Its hairy.
Stay away from European brands if you wish to drive practically as they are expensive to repair, parts are not as easy to come by, mechanics don’t always know what to do with them and they are overpriced because of distance and import charges.
I would recommend the Mazda Miata, Honda S2000 or Toyota MR2 for your consideration.
If you need more information on specific vehicles or purchasing when you arrive you can always drop me a line and I’ll try to help if I can.