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To own a car in Singapore you first a need a Certificate Of Entitlement to buy car for $106,000

Singapore’s vehicle quota system requires buyers to bid on Certificate Of Entitlement to buy a car that cost more than $106,000 (S$145,000), which is equal to four Toyota Camry Hybrids in the US. As a result of the post-pandemic recovery, the price of the country’s vehicle quota system has reached all-time highs.

The compact city-state of Singapore, which is home to 5.9 million people and can be traversed in less than an hour, has a 10-year “certificate of entitlement” (COE) system that was implemented in 1990.

With the certificate for a large automobile more than quadrupling from 2020prices on Wednesday to a record S$146,002 ($106,376.68), the quota, granted through a bidding process, has made Singapore the most expensive city in the world to buy a car.

A new basic Toyota Camry Hybrid presently costs S$251,388 ($183,000) in Singapore, compared to $28,855 in the US, when COE, registration fees, and taxes are included. In Singapore, a small apartment with government assistance costs about S$125,000.

A post-Covid boost in economic activity has led to more car purchases, although the total number of vehicles on the road is capped at roughly 950,000. In 2020, when fewer people in Singapore were driving, the cost of COEs plummeted to about S$30,000. Depending on how many older vehicles are deregistered, fresh certificates may be made available.

With car prices skyrocketing, the majority of middle-class Singaporeans are no longer able to pursue what sociologist Tan Ern Ser called the “Singapore dream” of social mobility—having money, a condo, and a car.

Singapore’s median yearly household income is S$121,188. Singaporeans are suffering from ongoing inflation and a faltering economy, and others are trying to turn a profit by selling the cars they purchased at low certificate prices.

One must settle for a “good enough life” rather than striving for the “good life,” according to Tan. Jason Guan, a 40-year-old insurance professional and father of two, claimed that he paid S$65,000 for his first vehicle, a Toyota Rush, in 2008, which included the cost of the COE.

Guan no longer has a car and instead concentrates on the numerous benefits that Singapore provides for his family. “Singapore still has an excellent and stable educational system, so as a family man, it doesn’t really effect me. It remains one of the safest nations in terms of security, he said. SOURCE: TheGuardian

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