I do not roll
Published: Thursday 2008-02-21.
We live quite centrally in Oslo, with most things within walking distance, and city buses that leave every five minutes, so we do not have much use for a car. It is occasionally that it would have been nice to have one, though, especially when you want to get stuff that is too big to bring on the bus or on a bike home. The problem is only that it is so terribly expensive to buy a car in Norway. Some of my friends mentioned that they used to watch motoring shows on Swedish TV, and then double the prices to get the Norwegian one, but according to Daniel Bengtsson, not even that is enough, buying a car in Norway is even more expensive, as if that was possible.
So when my parents were selling their old car a while back I looked up how much it would cost to import and re-register the car for use in Norway. According to Norwegian Customs’ calculator it would cost me about ten times as much to import the car compared to what I would have bought it for, so I didn’t care. What I should have done was to have brought a car with me when I moved here, since there were no fees involve with bringing a car over when moving here at that time. And since the second-hand prices are higher I could have made some money from it, but since I didn’t have a car, that plan fell flat. I guess that is why you have to pay the full fees to do that nowadays, and why there are a lot of foreign-registered cars on the streets, even if you are not allowed to drive one when you are a denizen.
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