Let's talk about cars. Let me give you an idea what it's like to own a car in the Netherlands. You will all be very happy with your laws and taxes over there in the USA after reading this I'm sure. I'm cruising through Craigslist cars all the time just for the hell of it. I like American cars because they're huge compared to what we're driving here. I even think a lot of cars that are considered shitty over there are cool, and I can't believe how cheap big and luxurious cars are. It seems to me you can get a pretty nice Cadillac with not a lot of miles for 5000-10.000 2nd hand. Alright here we go. The reason we drive small cars in the Netherlands is that the government taxes the shit out of everything with four wheels. I'd love to get a cheap old Jaguar or a big Mercedes or something, but just to own it and to fuel it up would cost a fortune. We have to pay road tax. The heavier and less fuel efficient your car is, the more road tax you'll have to pay. It doesn't matter how much you drive, you always need to pay that road tax. My dad drives a Volkswagen Passat which is considered a mid-sized car in the States but over here it's considered very big (you'll almost never see Cadillac-sized cars or SUV's here). He has to pay over a thousand a year in road tax on it. Even a small car will cost you over 300 a year. That's just to own the damn thing. Then there's special car sales tax, which can be as high as 38% on a new car, also depending on weight and fuel efficiency. That's right. up to 38%. Basically anything with an engine in it that's bigger than 1.6L gets expensive. Almost every car you see is a 4-cylinder, even the mid-sized ones. Only the really expensive cars have V6's or V8's. A BMW 7 series will cost you at least €100.000 ($131.000) and 38% of that will be pure taxes. The prices start at $69,156 in the US. My dads Volkswagen was around 37.000 Euros. I've seen ads on TV in the States that they start around $20.000 there. It's really almost twice as expensive over here. Even a small car like a Volkswagen Golf that has a fun 2.0L engine will cost you a lot of money, because it's not as fuel efficient and light as a similar-sized plastic Japanese car with a 1.2L engine. Even if you buy a 2nd hand car, you'll have to pay car sales tax on it (again!), by the way. Want to buy a 5-year old Jaguar? Gotta pay around 20% sales tax on it, even though the first owner already paid the full 38%. It's also mandatory for everyone to have their car checked out yearly, which also costs at least €500 just for checking it out. It's a good initiative for safety, but still, it's another big amount of dough added to the list. If you haven't got your car checked out in time, your insurance won't cover you, which is a huge risk. If a cop pulls you over and you haven't done the yearly check up, they take your car away, give you a huge fine and you get your car back after they checked it out and fixed it for a very premium price. If you don't want that, they just keep your car and get rid of it. Of course you also need insurance, so that's another cost. Then there's gas, which is currently €1.75 a liter, which is $8,40 a gallon. It's fucking insane and no fun. My mom drives around in this kind of car: and it costs €70 ($90) to fill it up. It does 35MPG, but still. Anyway, back to Craigslist Every time I see a listing like this: http://houston.craigslist.org/ctd/2938500486.html or this http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/2924870951.html I always wonder, is that a guaranteed piece of shit or are there also a lot of good ones like that for sale? Like, is it really possible to drive around in a huge-ass car with leather and everything electric that costs less than 2000 bucks over there?