Before any of you ask:
Yes. I do like Hong Kong as a tourist. But if you’ve lived here for more than one and a half decade, being a petrolhead in Hong Kong isn’t exactly what you call – easy.
Here are 6 true facts about why you shouldn’t come to Hong Kong as a petrolhead.
1. It’s too expensive to buy one new
I have my reasons here. Imagine, you one day, having saved enough for a Ford Mustang GT. A new one. It’s £36,345. If you were in the USA, It’s $39,195. How much do you think it costs to buy one new? Nope, you’re quite wrong – it’s nearly $100,000 in the US, and nearly £76,000 in the UK. Does beg the question – where does the money go?
Welcome to the world of first-reg tax, where any cheap car is multiplied by 3.35. When you register your car, your new car will be taxed as a privately owned one. That means, the government will charge you more than 3 times of the original value of the car. Which is too much.
2. Even if you are just wealthy enough to buy a new car, there is nearly nowhere to park
I mean, honestly. As soon you buy a car, the last thing you want to do is to not be able to find a space. Annoyingly, it’s hard to find a spot in HK anyway because we are a dense region. Which makes it impossible to find a place to park. Which isn’t nice if you wanted to show your car to some friends.
Mind you, even if you could find one privately, it costs upwards of US$100,000+ for one. Too much. I mean, you’d have to have the world’s deepest pockets to find one at all. This is just sad.
3. I’m sorry, who thought of the police car line-up?
Yes, the Mitsubishi i-MIEV is a police car. The Prius, the Fluence Z.E (which isn’t really zero emissions) as police cars. I’m sorry, the line-up we have here is just a simply rubbish. I could find a better car which isn’t this dreary. I mean really. It’s both slow, and I don’t think it’s that worthy.
While there are a couple of normal ones, they aren’t what you expect as a police car. We have Audi A4 Tourings, BMW 5 Tourings, and a Volkswagen Passat Estate. It’s likely to be German if you get pulled over.
4. It’s too expensive to run a car in the long run
Given the fact that HK is classified as the world’s most expensive place to live in (rather ridiculously, in fact) – it costs HKD$10-12k a month – so that’s US$1300, or £1,000 a month. Which is too much. [/sociallocker]
Bringing me to my next point:
5. Fuel is toooooooooooooo much
The next time you complain about how expensive petrol is in your country – compare it to Hong Kong. It’s £7.03 a gallon, and in the US – it’s $7.24 a gallon. It’s like charging somebody the same amount of groceries, but then racking up the price of one of them just because you’ve put an extra item in the cart. I’m sorry, that’s just far too much.