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In Topic: Living in China

09 April 2014 - 10:03 PM


No problem happy to help. When do you arrive in china?

In Topic: Living in China

09 April 2014 - 12:14 AM

So, I find myself moving to China in a few months. Going to stay there for a couple of years.
Anyone on the forum stay there for a length of time? Not sure where exactly i'll be yet, either Guangzhou or Beijing.

Is it feasible to own a car there?
What is the used car market like?

Anything else I should be aware of? Or should I just not bother and go with public transportation?

I know the traffic is insane, but I wouldn't mind buying one of their domestic cars to mess around in.

Hi Gtrazor

I'm an expat living in china and have been for the last 7 years so I'll try and answer your questions.

1. It is feasible to own a car in China but ultimately it depends on whether you need a car and where you are living. For example in any 1st tier city like Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou there are "quota systems" in place for cars by way of expensive licence plates. A Shanghai licence plate is currently about USD 15,000 not too sure about Beijing or Guangzhou but I know it's not cheap. Also in some cases depending on whether your licence plate is an odd or even number you can be restricted from using the highways on certain days when the traffic is too bad, this is more relevant to Beijing.

2. The used car market is not very organised and not as transparent as the west, locally assembled cars like any of the japanese, korean or chinese brands are not any more expensive than what you'd find in the USA or Europe. However, these cars would be normal passenger cars as opposed to performance cars as most if not all performance cars are imported and hence cost at least double (if not more) what you'd pay in USA. You could buy used buy buyer beware. Also servicing and maintaining a performance car anywhere in china is gonna be more expensive than USA and that includes parts too due to import taxes etc. Lack of specialist knowledge might also be a problem, although in Beijing and especially Guangzhou that's less of a problem as there are many fairly experienced tuners there.

Do you speak any chinese? If you don't I would advise you not to get a car immediately, use public transportation to start with and once you're settled in you could always buy a car later on if required.

If you have any questions feel free to get in touch.


In Topic: quite tranny build...

16 October 2013 - 02:36 AM

No, my 1000 clutch is not GTC but our own. The 1200 is the GTC 18 plate.

My new gear-set is guaranteed to be quieter than any other aftermarket gear-set due to the new technology used to make them. I would say the noise you hear from mine will be in-between the noise from the aftermarket and OEM. So a little louder than OEM, but quieter than current aftermarket sets.

Yes, we understand about the noise. There are new techniques involved with the making of my gear-set to keep sound down.