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So I'm wondering; how do prices differ across the world...? :dunno: I'm interested :p

Idea of taking a few relatively solid points (new and second hand cars) and comparing them. Obviously some countries have completely different models, but most of Europe and America (the main two areas of FG) tend to be fairly samey for models.

Note to include all taxes to get it on your drive under your name (e.g. VAT in UK is 20%) but not road/driving tax or insurance or fuel. And this isn't perfect (i.e. average price not exact engine/interior/colour combination. I'm looking at you ze Germans!).

So then; a few starting points.

Cheapest road legal cars around; ?200/250?/$320

BMW E36; ?1000/?1200/$1600

Ferrari 360; ?50,000/?62,000/$81,000

Base spec New Mercedes S-Class; ?60,000/?75,000/$98,000

New Range Rover V8 (fully loaded most expensive available); ?110,000/?140,000/$180,000

Can't think of any more as yet. Suggestions?
 

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You can buy the worst Ferrari ever made for around: ?12,328 /$20,000/15,246?.
 

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So then; a few starting points.

Cheapest road legal cars around; ?200/250?/$320

BMW E36; ?1000/?1200/$1600

Ferrari 360; ?50,000/?62,000/$81,000

Can't think of any more as yet. Suggestions?
For clarification, you mean by "Cheapest", like an anying with at least one month MOT valid?

So, for example an old Nova with a few months MOT would be ?200 in your part of England.

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For clarification, you mean by "Cheapest", like an anying with at least one month MOT valid?

So, for example an old Nova with a few months MOT would be ?200 in your part of England.

:smile:
That is another problem comparing prices, in the US how much time is left on before inspection doesn't matter and won't affect the price. In the US (and I think Canada) MOT and the plates do not transfer with the car and some states don't have inspection at all. My friends who live in Virginia have to get their cars inspected every year but since I live in Maryland I only have to get it inspected when I buy it and when I lived in Florida we didn't have one at all.
 

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That is another problem comparing prices, in the US how much time is left on before inspection doesn't matter and won't affect the price. In the US (and I think Canada) MOT and the plates do not transfer with the car and some states don't have inspection at all. My friends who live in Virginia have to get their cars inspected every year but since I live in Maryland I only have to get it inspected when I buy it and when I lived in Florida we didn't have one at all.
MOT and tax seem to have a depressing effect on used car prices in UKania (and maybe elsewhere in Europe as well). Inspection itself, as Jason said, has no effect due to inconsistent inspection policies between states. I've lived in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and Ohio, and have never had to get an inspection. I know that Indiana and Michigan don't inspect. The only state I've lived in for any substantial amount of time where I did have to get an inspection was Louisiana.

And tax is an issue as well. In countries with VAT, you can obtain consistency between different countries. The US doesn't have VAT. Even within a state, sales tax can differ substantially. I'd pay a lot less here in Winnebago County, Illinois, than I would in the ass-rape capital of the world, Cook County (and that goes up a little if you decide to buy in the City of Chicago). Even if I tried to dodge Illinois sales tax by going fifteen minutes over the border into Wisconsin, I'd still have to pay Illinois its share when I register the car. Also, there are rules on interstate sales of cars which affect the sales tax you have to charge, and those differ from state to state.

The conditions aren't right in the US to do apples-to-apples, but as long as you keep that in mind, there may be some interesting data.
 

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The biggest factor is manufactures selling cars for what the market will bear. Every market has a different answer to this.
 

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Cheapest road legal cars around; CRC500,000/780?/$1000

BMW E36; CRC1,800,000/?2800/$3600

Ferrari 360; CRC63,000,000/?98,000/$125000

Base spec New Mercedes S-Class; CRC63,000,000/?98,000/$125,000

New Range Rover V8 (fully loaded most expensive available); CRC106,000,000/?165,000/$212,000
 

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^ Cheers; my point of this thread - we can find out how the rest of the world is raped :p

So, for example an old Nova with a few months MOT would be ?200 in your part of England
Indeed. But I can't imaginethe average would drop much lower than that; even in the north. :p Rememer I got my Saab for ?220 - one can do a lot better than a Nova :p

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I'm going to go with 400i...? :lol:
 
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Cheapest road legal cars around; ?40,000/990?/$1,295 (Usually a 1980s rustbox that is not even road worthy, but still road legal because even know there is a yearly inspection, if your car got wheels and the engine does fire up, you're alright).

BMW E36; Range from the earliest non molested 316i ?200,000/6,180?/$8,100 up to an imported 328i Convertible ?800,000/19,800?/$25,900. M3 cost even more.

Ferrari 360; Cheapest one on sale seems to cost about ?8,990,000/222,200?/$291,200

Base spec New Mercedes S-Class; Thai assembled S300 with Long wheelbase, ?7,199,000/178,000?/$233,150

New Range Rover V8 (fully loaded most expensive available); They don't sell these around here anymore.
 

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Cheapest road legal cars around; ?80/100?/$130

cheapest BMW E36 with mot till the end of the year; ?603/750?/$980

Ferrari 360; ?75,500/?93,800/$122,613

New Base spec New Mercedes S-Class; ?82,621/?102,613/$134,150

New Range Rover V8 (5.0 V8 S/C Autobiography, now); ?204,111/?254,024/$332,172 (5.0 V8 S/C Autobiography, no additional options) for example chromaflare special colour costs 38 665,77?!
 

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^ Cheers; my point of this thread - we can find out how the rest of the world is raped :p
Yeah, good thread idea.

^

Indeed. But I can't imaginethe average would drop much lower than that; even in the north. :p Rememer I got my Saab for ?220 - one can do a lot better than a Nova :p
OK, but you did get the Saab for very cheaps and sold it well after a summer of Euro-shenannigens. And I only use the Nova as an example of the lowest pile-de-merde that the yoof get as afirst car, because lots of them.

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That is another problem comparing prices, in the US how much time is left on before inspection doesn't matter and won't affect the price.
Here it goes something like the theoretical Nova is ?400 with full MOT 12 months (12/12ths), then ?200 for 6 months, etc.
Because one year it will fail and be too expensive to fix.

The other thing is insurance group for the car.
As we are using an E36 as an example, the 2.5l petrol is a high group and kind of unofficially an "over 25s" car. The 316i is more affordable, but a lot of insurance companies aren't interested in BMWs, they think all people who buy them are evil speedfreaks!

So E36s have a low price, especially the larger engines.
 
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