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I am thinking about buying a car when i get there this time. What are the thoughts on others there buying a car. It it a hassle to register, get insurance and etc? How long can I drive on my usa license before getting local license? how hard is the license to get there?

I won't drive in big cities. To dangerous for me. I would drive in small cities.

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Many Variables to your question. New, used, financed or not, etc. I bought a new car last year financed through the local bank everything was taken care of, registration, insurance etc. Getting a license may depend on your visa type. Supposedly you need a visa good for at least a year, basically a 13a or SRRV, but some can get a licence with a tourist visa, I did. Been waiting for permanent plates since Jul 2016, hopefully will have this coming Mar/Apr. Registration was good for 3 years. Foreign license good for 90 days from entry.

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hey chuck.

i was buying used car. no finance. i have a tourist visa. i was wondering if it id worth buying a vehicle there.

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hey chuck.

i was buying used car. no finance. i have a tourist visa. i was wondering if it id worth buying a vehicle there.

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Getting a license will depend on whether that office is following the rules, if they are you won't get a license. If you are buying used you are buying a pig in a poke. A lot of Filipinos due not maintain their vehicles. Insurance is easy registration can be a hassle from what I have heard. Since mine was new all handled by dealership and bank.

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Getting licence was 30 minutes start to finish at the QC main branch.

I went first thing in the AM and was at the head of the line and got the senior expedited processing service so I'd guess that 30 minutes is the absolute least amount of time.


No hassles, Just routine lineups and processing. I had all documents in order first and the cost was 852 for a 5-year plastic card.

I have an SRRV so met the rules.

Your USA license is good for 90 days after last entry. If you leave the Phiklippines and return the count starts again. I have never heard of anyone getting in trouble for using a foreign license past 90 days but if you had an accident your insurance may be denied if anyone checks.

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Are you going to be living there full time and be able to take care of the car or will you only use it on vacations?

If you're going to be living there full time, a car is a nice thing to have if you dont want to take a taxi, bus, etc.

If you're going to be there only for vacations and shorter trips, I wouldn't do it unless you have someone who knows how to take care of a car properly (hit and miss there).

I bought a Honda Accord (of course) a few years ago when I was working in Manila and when I took a new job in the Middle East, I left the car with my wife's family. Unfortunately, none of them know how to drive a car or take care of it, so every time I would go back for vacation, it was a money pit to get it running again. Also, a lot of parts just arent available there. I needed a main relay for my Accord and couldnt find one from any of the Honda dealers in Manila or any of the other parts places. I ended up having to order one from the US and took it with me the next time I went back to finally fix it.
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i will live there full time. i am wondering how much basic insurance cost there. i am looking at a 2009 toyota innova. i know the people that have it. they need the money.

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I had a late 90s Honda Accord and the last time I paid the annual LTO fees (2014 including the mandatory insurance) it was around p8500 or p9k for everything. I looked around for an old OR/CR to see if I could find the breakdown of all the fees but I might have included them when I sold the car.

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I just did a Google search for "lto insurance" and found a few websites of insurance companies offering the LTO mandated Compulsory Third Party Liability (CTPL) insurance policies. It looks like its around p635.40 for 1 year. That appears to be only the required minimum liability insurance. If you want comprehensive or collision coverage, that will be extra (and I'm guessing pretty pricey). Good luck!

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thanks hondaguy.

i am wondering if i really need a car where i will be at in tagum city. i lived there for 8 months before and didn't miss a car. i sure wont drive in places like davao. i would be in a wreck the first day. hahaha. i would be stopping at streets and i would get run over.

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