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Office is in Wan Chai on Queens Road, looking for a place to commute within 30 minutes.

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  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by attkrt
    She'd have to purchase a car ($10000) and license it ($6000). That's more than half a month's salary in one go.
    10k HKD for a car? Try 50k HKD for anything half decent.

    Wow, lots of you people seem to live on very meagre budgets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attkrt
    In regards to the topic of living in the NT, I've lived in the NT for 4 years (3 in Tai Po, 1 in Sha Tin). It's really lovely out here. However, my husband doesn't work in Wan Chai. We do however, travel to the island frequently (5x/week) for other reasons. We drive. Our fuel bill is about $700-800/week. That would be way out of this girl's budget. That's just for fuel. She'd have to purchase a car ($10000) and license it ($6000). That's more than half a month's salary in one go.
    I drive on weekends, it makes a change from the daily busy commute, plus freedom of going anywhere in HK, if a carefully selected car can be doable, as low as HK$150 per week in petrol cost (my 2013 golf mk7 does 700km in full tank at HK$800, not weedy either at 122bhp plus 0-100km in 8.7secs), on average i spend around HK$600-700 per month, mostly weekend driving,

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    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
    $2,000 Insurance

    = $7,929 / year

    Ongoing Monthly Costs (minimum)
    $1,000 Car Park (I'm guessing this would be the minimum somewhere remote in the NT??)
    $500 Petrol
    $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.

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    car parking can be as low as HK$500 in the villages or HK$700 in NT industrial areas


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    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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