This article begins with the usual disclaimer that laws in Thailand can change on a day to day basis and like every thing else here, depends where you go, who you see and what day of the week. The information provided is based on a consensus of personal experience.
Many people ask "Should I bring my car to Thailand?" Usually, the answer is "no", and instead you should lease or buy one over here. Cars are subject to a high luxury tax, equal to 200% of the car's value when new, as assessed by Thai customs (actually, the combined value new of overseas price plus local price), plus tax on the transport fee.
In Thailand, you drive on the left side of the road, so cars from countries like the U.S. with right side driving are hazardous here, especially when passing.
Car prices in Thailand are higher than in the U.S., especially for used cars, but it's still far less than shipping a car.
Bringing your car to Thailand is not recommended. Cars are subject to high luxury tax, equal to 200% of the cars value when new as assessed by Thai Customs, plus tax on the transport fee. Therefore, it is recommended to rent, lease or buy your own car in Thailand.
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