Originally Posted by T4phage
holland, and no, wages do not offset the price difference, and in general u.s wages would be higher compared to the nl one. in holland in addition to the vat, for cars there is an extra tax (for that socialistic goodness =) ) called the bpm, which can be up to an additional 40% of the price before tax.
Exactly the same way it is here, and like the guy above, everybody has one here as well. Hardly any of them are M cars, or even 3.5L's - they're 320i's, 528i's, and 740i's, all steptronic, all arctic silver or black, sometimes white. Seeing an M car here happens as often as seeing a real sports car. BMW, MB, Audi, they're dumping their cars on the US market for next to nothing. Our price in the rest of the world: German price in Euros minus VAT, plus shipping and brokerage via local dealership network + local tax on imported cars (ours is 8%, which is not so bad) = total cost... but the Euro, even today, is so expensive that a 320i is literally $50K here, an M3 is $120K, Carrera 2's are like $130-140K - there's a real entry cost to owning a decent car and it is not cheap. Factor in $5/hour parkng everywhere, gas that costs double what it costs in the US, repairs that cost more with parts that cost more, it gets expensive. Wages are like 60% of what they are in the US; entry-level company workers make about $2K/month take home pay, doctors don't make much unless they're doing surgery or specializing in something. Rent hovers around $1000/month. Pretty easy to drop $2K/month on food and drinks if you have a social life/are heterosexual. Shit be expensive.