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February 13, 2014
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Owning a car
Bjorn Burke, Staff Reporter



Certificate of Fitness: $ 3,750. Registration Certificate: $7,700 - $38,800. Registration Plates: $2,250. Certificate of Insurance: Pricey. Cost of walking: Priceless.

Owning a motor vehicle in Jamaica has proven to be quite expensive in comparison to obvious alternatives. The aforementioned costs are of course not the only ones that are associated with owning a motor vehicle.

unexpected repairs

Servicing, general upkeep and unexpected repairs are also expenses to be considered. Additionally, in a tough economic climate, the responsibilities that come with owning a vehicle are made even harder with the unpredictability of fuel cost, which appears to increase on a daily basis.

Suffice to say, motor vehicle ownership in Jamaica isn't for the faint of heart. According to a report published by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), buying a motor vehicle, (and by extension owning one), can be a highly stressful experience and is to be given careful consideration.

Motorist Ron-Cey Kirkland, who has experienced both sides of the divide, says that the convenience of owning a motor car is attractive, but acknowledges that it is expensive.

"I recently bought my second car ... the period between owning my first and second car was an interesting experience. Walking to and from some locations or otherwise bumming a ride or taking the bus was normative. The only times I deeply appreciated having a car was during rainy seasons or doing night outs," he explained.

Kirkland admits it is much cheaper to use public transportation.

"Yes, the disparity is great. When not owning a vehicle, you don't have to worry about car maintenance, repair, modifications, and insurance, also petrol. With not owning a car, there are no such commitments. I believe it is cheaper even if one pays for a taxi to and from a location each day."

According to a report published by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), buying a motor vehicle, (and by extension owning one), can be a highly stressful experience and is to be given careful consideration.

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