Having a reliable transportation is important in any country. Now that you decide to relocate to Thailand. The question is “Should you bring your car, if you have one back home?”
A used car is heavily taxed in Thailand. Believe it or not, the tax can be as high as two hundred percent of its original price. Besides taxes, you will need to consider shipping and custom clearance fees. Bringing a used car from your country can be very expensive.
Most likely it will be cheaper for you to buy a brand new car in Thailand. Or it may be a better idea to lease one, if you are not planning to be in Thailand for a long time.
Keep in mind that people in Thailand are driving on the left side of road, especially if you are from countries like United States. The car that is made for right side driving can be hard to drive in Thailand.
Just like in any other country, car insurance is a must. If you are caught without one, you will be heavily fine from the police.
Before you buy a car in Thailand, you should also know that nonresident foreigners can not legally own a car. But many buy one anyway. Most likely it will be a problem. The seller didn't object to receiving the money and filling out the paperwork, and the government offices didn't raise a red flag.