Having a car here is great, but I don't think it's going to work out for the OP. Consider:
Yearly costs (minimum)
$3,929 Licence Fee (for up to 1.5L engine)
$2,000 MOT and servicing
= $7,929 / year
Ongoing Monthly Costs (minimum)
$1,000 Car Park (I'm guessing this would be the minimum somewhere remote in the NT??)
$200 Tunnel Tolls and Car Parking
= $1,700 / month or $20,400 / year
Then you have the one-off's
$10,000 Car Cost (I think this is too low actually, probably closer to 20K for an old but decent running car)
$900 HK Driving Licence
All in its a fair amount to pay for someone watching their budget carefully. And remember these are the minimum amounts - certainly there will be additional one-off costs for repairs / servicing for an old car.
car parking can be as low as HK$500 in the villages or HK$700 in NT industrial areas
Yeah if the OP wasn't fixed on saving 10 - 15K of her income every month then having an old car could still be an option.
Perhaps after she has been here for a while, paid off some of those debts, then she could consider getting one.
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