Originally Posted by jwfirebird
what happens if the car breaks and you want to get a different one
Several choices. One, you can buy a car from another diplomat no problem (and you can sell your car to another diplomat). This goes for any diplomat from any embassy.
Two, (and this goes for any car you buy overseas, from a diplomat, dealer, or foreign citizen) you can purchase a car but chances are it'* not made for the U.*. market. Of course that means you aren't shipping the car home and have to find another buyer before leaving.
Due to the enormous customs and VAT charges over there (to pay for all those freebies like healthcare and such
), we can't dump our cars on the market. That being said, a foreign citizen actually can
purchase our car, but their local government applies the original customs duties that would have been applicable at the time the car was new.
I checked to see what mine would have been........$9,000.00!
So the poor Bolshevik who purchased my ultra-rare Delta LSS would have paid me high-dollar, then paid their guv'mint too. Whoa