How can you live without a car?

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#1 Mar 13th, 2018, 20:10
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If you are just in India on a tourist visa you cannot buy a car.

So how do you get by comfortably?

Have a trusted driver? Get used to rickshaws? Perhaps you were from New York and never had a car anyway or don't like them.
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Public transport along with a combination of hired car/autorickshaw/cycle rickshaw can be used for transport.
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...I read this as 'how can you live without a cat' and was going to write, well it's tough.

Without a car is no problem. I live in Delhi NCR, arguably the one city in India where without a car, one is considered incomplete. I haven't driven my car for a year and a half and I don't miss it at all. I metro where i can and Uber rest of the way.
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...I read this as 'how can you live without a cat'
So did I, and was going to reply very easily if only they would let me!

Grant2017's other post was exactly a year ago. What happened, Grant?

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Hi,

I am considering going to India on a tourist visa and staying for a couple years. Is it going to be a problem doing border runs every 6 months for 2 years straight or will I potentially have problems when re-entering?

Also, can I buy a car while on a tourist visa?

I only find conflicting and old information about these subjects, anyone with firsthand experience please let me know.

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Grant
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Drove twice and will never do it again..
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post So did I, and was going to reply very easily if only they would let me!

Grant2017's other post was exactly a year ago. What happened, Grant?



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Wow, that's funny, I didn't realize it was exactly 1 year. Well, I ended up going to the Republic of Georgia instead, and I've been here for 6 months. It's a decent place with full privileges (e.g. car ownership). Still though I think I would prefer somewhere more interesting like Goa. I have confirmed with the Department of Transportation or whatever the agency that you cannot legally buy a car. It's a big let down, I mean it sounds good for a few months but after a while you start feeling the pain of walking in the heat to do simple things. Some of you have residence permits so this isn't an issue, but I'd be doing the tourist visa thing. I guess some people rent cars and scooters nearly year round though right?

Plus I hear a lot of horror stories about Goa and India in general, very bad hotel reviews are common, nightmare apartments also. It seems you have to spend big in India to have something decent, but if I were trying to spend big like that I'd probably just stay in the USA lol.
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Originally Posted by Grant2017 View Post If you are just in India on a tourist visa you cannot buy a car.

So how do you get by comfortably?

Have a trusted driver? Get used to rickshaws? Perhaps you were from New York and never had a car anyway or don't like them.
Your opening statement is odd. It seems to imply that it is a common practice for tourists to buy cars when they visit other countries when it is not, to my knowledge.

As other have said, you'd get around with public transport and taxis. And anyway, there's nothing preventing you from renting a car. Should you decide to stay on for a longer period it wouldn't be so difficult to buy a second hand car if you really want to....but that seems to be a long way way given what you say here:

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I have confirmed with the Department of Transportation or whatever the agency that you cannot legally buy a car. It's a big let down, I mean it sounds good for a few months but after a while you start feeling the pain of walking in the heat to do simple things. Some of you have residence permits so this isn't an issue, but I'd be doing the tourist visa thing. I guess some people rent cars and scooters nearly year round though right?

Plus I hear a lot of horror stories about Goa and India in general, very bad hotel reviews are common, nightmare apartments also. It seems you have to spend big in India to have something decent, but if I were trying to spend big like that I'd probably just stay in the USA lol.
Mate, visit India. Be driven around. Then think about whether you like it enough to stay for six months or more, let alone drive, and then buy a car.
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post Your opening statement is odd. It seems to imply that it is a common practice for tourists to buy cars when the visit other countries when it is not, to my knowledge.

As other have said, you'd get around with public transport and taxis. And anyway, there's nothing preventing you from renting a car. Should you decide to stay on for a longer period it wouldn't be so difficult to buy a second hand car if you really want to....but that seems to be a long way way given what you say here:



Mate, visit India. Be driven around. Then think about whether you like it enough to stay for six months or more, let alone drive, and then buy a car.
I appreciate your advice but my opening statement is not "odd" -- many people live in India on tourist visas since it is 10 years long.
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Originally Posted by Grant2017 View Post I appreciate your advice but my opening statement is not "odd" -- many people live in India on tourist visas since it is 10 years long.
It is odd in that you're putting the cart well ahead of the horse. Both of which, incidentally, move alongside cars on our roads.
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Originally Posted by BholeBaba View Post It is odd in that you're putting the cart well ahead of the horse. Both of which, incidentally, move alongside cars on our roads.
Sometimes they trot along ahead of us
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Originally Posted by Grant2017 View Post I appreciate your advice but my opening statement is not "odd" -- many people live in India on tourist visas since it is 10 years long.
Indeed your OP is odd, and it is also odd that you continue to misunderstand why it is odd.

I watch some of those "House Hunters International" TV shows, and it is funny how many Americans decide to go live in Siem Riep or Bogota or someplace and all they want is a large kitchen with dishwasher and huge fridge, a basement, a washer and dryer, whole-house AC, a large yard for their 3 dogs, etc.

Wanting to live in India and not understanding how one can "get by" without a car is another of those clueless things. India isn't Los Angeles. The real question is, how will you be able to "get by" WITH a car?
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Originally Posted by Grant2017 View Post I appreciate your advice but my opening statement is not "odd" -- many people live in India on tourist visas since it is 10 years long.
Many people live in US, even without a visa The 10 year visa, and it's 180 days per visit restriction, do not say, that you can perpetually do border runs. That prerogative, though rarely ever used, lies with the I/O (Immigrations Officer). To date the I/O in India are hand-tied. The Government can overnight change those restrictions.

So, be aware - It's privilege, not a right !
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post Many people live in US, even without a visa The 10 year visa, and it's 180 days per visit restriction, do not say, that you can perpetually do border runs. That prerogative, though rarely ever used, lies with the I/O (Immigrations Officer). To date the I/O in India are hand-tied. The Government can overnight change those restrictions.

So, be aware - It's privilege, not a right !
Yeah you're right about the term "privilege" however, I did email the Indian Consulate in San Francisco about this and their response was "there is no cooling off period required" (between 6 month intervals) -- however when dealing with impoverished countries the whims of government officials on site can be unpredictable so I think you're part right.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post The real question is, how will you be able to "get by" WITH a car?
Where do you find a place to park the bloody beast? So you will have to hire a driver who will then go back to his village in the harvest season and you will have to hire a temp who will empty out the fuel tank and sell the contents to augment his income. You will need insurance, a bank-account and other sources of just endless bother.
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Originally Posted by RPG View Post Indeed your OP is odd, and it is also odd that you continue to misunderstand why it is odd.

I watch some of those "House Hunters International" TV shows, and it is funny how many Americans decide to go live in Siem Riep or Bogota or someplace and all they want is a large kitchen with dishwasher and huge fridge, a basement, a washer and dryer, whole-house AC, a large yard for their 3 dogs, etc.

Wanting to live in India and not understanding how one can "get by" without a car is another of those clueless things. India isn't Los Angeles. The real question is, how will you be able to "get by" WITH a car?
I think you make a good point about Americanness and not being able to think outside the box, but then you kind of lost me with the "get by WITH a car" part. Anyway, you're right it's an incorrect way to approach the country by assigning American standards. Still though it seems that with the inability to purchase property and register cars they aren't truly welcoming to foreigners. Sure most tourists don't buy cars and homes, but a lot do, and it would be nice to have that option.
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