Most Expensive Countries to Buy A Car

Where to Buy a Car?


America, is one of the few countries in the world who have been privileged with cheap car prices, cheap gas and a great road network, I say you’re one of the lucky ones. Don’t believe me? Just check out how much it costs to buy a Prius or FR-S in one of these countries.

10.) Cuba


Price of a new Scion FR-S: Too High

Technically, you can buy or sell cars in Cuba since the market was “liberated” in 2011, but with prices sky high and low incomes all around, business is slow.

A Local resident has been quoted

A 70s lada is about 12K USD in Cuba, it’s quite interesting to see how values change depending on what you can get out of the car and when reliability is so important. I know this because I was born there and went this summer for about 10 days to visit the fam.”


9.) North Korea


Price of a new Scion FR-S: Your soul won’t be enough.

Kim Jong-un must really like you to get a car, and you better keep it that way, because it’s not only your ride that’s always on the edge.


That’s not a real Merc. It’s the glorious Pyongyang 4.10, from a factory that used to make GAZ-51 clones (a prewar Soviet light truck). They might share the same engine, so there may well be some running on the same wood-gas conversion that’s popular in North Korean trucks because supplies of conventional fuel are patchy. Build quality is abysmal, but it’s better than trying to buy some old imported Volga since nobody’s been able to import spare parts in the last twenty years.

Most people can’t actually buy a car. And the car market is pretty much subject to government whims – good luck with fuel rationing and travel permits. One day Kim Jong-Il got so irritated by having to wait behind a Japanese car (in what must be the only traffic congestion ever experienced in the gloriously smooth-running republic) that he ordered all Japanese cars confiscated.


8.) St. Kitts and Nevis


Price of a new Scion FR-S: None for sale at the moment, but a 2012 Prius costs $171,405.

These islands in the Caribbean look like a driving paradise, I know. But don’t get fooled by that, prices are just insane due to import taxes. No matter, Vee Langs managed to find the perfect car for the place:

St. Kitts is a tiny little island, I do business there on occasion so I’ll frequent from time to time. But I went to the toyota dealer to get a new headlight for my car and I saw that (this was in late 2012) so there’s always that no?

Oh and speaking of which, because new cars are so expensive, used cars are the rage! Hence I own this super cool 1990 Toyota Sprinter Cielo (Corolla Sport in Europe and Geo Prism GSi in the States) it’s a RHD, 5-speed hatchback with a glorious 4A-GZE (supercharged) and AWD…perfect island car.


I drive it maybe once or twice a year at this point, but it’s still nice to know it’s there.

Sounds like fun!


7.) United Kingdom


Price of a new Scion FR-S: $39,031

Am I crazy? The UK, where second hand cars are cheap, and there’s a wide variety of awesomeness to choose from? No, I’m not. Used are cheap because they are right hand drive and can’t be sold (or used) anywhere else in Europe. Not so for new cars… And when it comes to the insurance, your smile is gone for good. Just listen to eNZo288:

I’m currently struggling to buy a second hand car in the UK. The cars themselves are dirt cheap, but the insurance for a 28 year old male who has only been in the country for 2 years is just terrifyingly expensive. To insure an elderly 2.0 156 (if I don’t lie to the insurance company) was going to cost me between £4,500 and £9,000! The car would only be worth £1000.”

What would be their offer for my Autobianchi? By the way, in Europe, car ownership in Portugal is not a walk in the park either.


6.) Brazil


Price of a new Scion FR-S: It’s not on sale, but a Prius is $36,559.

DConsorti throws in some facts:

Obvious answer is obvious: BRAZIL

1- Tax fees over 100% in some cases;

2- a poor selection of cars (it’s getting better, I must admit)

3- Overtaxed and overpriced gas

4- burocracy

Just an example:

Corolla 2014 in US – $16k starting price- considered a compact.

Corolla 2014 in Brazil: 25K starting price – consider a luxury car.

5.) China


Price of a new Scion FR-S: $43,919

Having cars is something relatively new for China, and here’s a true story in connection with that:

When carmakers organize the first drive events for the press, they leave the Chinese group for last, because they will smash the cars anyway. It’s a given.

Bullitt417 adds some details:


China. If it is not a knock-off it is ridiculously expensive. Combine that with terrible traffic and tons of smog and it just seems like an awful place to be an enthusiast. The only good thing is there are plenty of special China only editions available, but only if you can afford them— You can’t.”

4.) Nicaragua


Price of a new Scion FR-S: It’s on sale, but they keep it a secret, so it must be a lot.

Buying cars in Nicaragua is almost like buying them in Costa Ricaa ccording to Stigicide:

Nicaragua (or any other place in Latin America for that matter) is the worst place to be a car buyer. The prices are outrageous, even for cars that are genuinely terrible.

Expect to pay the equivalent of thousands of dollars for a 20+ year old beater. If you can even afford a car, which most people there can’t. If you do own one, expect it to A.) Break down constantly and B.) Get stolen almost immediately. Forget buying a new car because there aren’t any. Even if there were the import tariffs are so high you can’t, because you’re broke.


3.) Indonesia


Price of a new Scion FR-S: $59,666

Aya, with added craziness points out the Indonesian car prices come with some added craziness too:

Want that normal prius?

That’s 60k Sir.

Okay. What about the Toyobaru twins?



I want something American. Crysler 300C?


Nah. I want to be an Asshats with M3. How much?


What about something Italian, like 458?



It’s a bit too much. How about base model RR Ghost?

1 Million USD.

Google it if you don’t believe me.”


I believe you.

2.) Malaysia


Price of a new Scion FR-S: $73,529

These Asian countries seem to have a problem understanding what a luxury car is. SatriaFanboy put Malaysia on this list:

I would like to nominate Malaysia. Where in Malaysia, the Toyobaru twins cost around $75,000 new while Mercedes SLS AMG cost around $600,000 brand new . This is where a beige mobile such as the Accord and Camry are consider as a luxury car. Plus, Many Malaysian spec car lacks in many safety features but still sold at a higher price. Due to high excise tax and Protection policy for our Local car maker Proton, Many people here only can dream owning a BRZ or a Miata.


1.) Singapore


Price of a new Scion FR-S: $135,421, plus hell knows.

Singapore is trying to get rid of congestion by making it almost impossible to own a car. As you can see from the picture, it doesn’t work.

Andrés Salinas sent us a great video that explains what’s going on:


All my best to the Singaporean car fans out there!

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