Automobile ownership

17 Dec

One of the first big differences I noticed when I arrived in Serbia was how small the cars are. It is very rare to see pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles or even 6 cylinder cars. Coming from a country where almost every family has two vehicles with one being a pickup truck or van it was very strange to see these BIG guys in small cars! I soon found out why.

My state of Illinois   has a yearly registration fee of $98. Two years ago it was $78 dollars a year. The fee is the same for standard passenger plates for a 4 cyl- v-8. That is not the case in Serbia.

The Serbian license plate  registration fee  is based on the size of your engine. Many of friends drive little 4 cylinder Fiat or Yugos. They pay anywhere from 150E to 200E a year. Larger engine vehicles and those considered “luxury” can have yearly fees up to 1500E a year!!!! INSANE!!!!!

Gasoline is another expensive item in Serbia. The current approximate cost of a gallon of regular gasoline in the state of Illinois is $3.22 a gallon. Serbia they use liters. There are 3.78 liters in one gallon. The current price for a liter of fuel here is about 150 dinars or 1.5E when you convert it into dollars per gallon it would be $7.60 a gallon!!!


Posted by on December 17, 2011 in Price difference


12 responses to “Automobile ownership

  1. Lazar Aleksic

    December 21, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Yeah, extremely expensive, especially considering the wages (in Euros or Dollars)…
    For the record, choosing your own combination of letters and/or numbers is as expensive as 80.000 Dinars (800€)!!!

  2. Zeljko Pantelic

    December 21, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    2.4 Lancia ,CY 2000,$656,it is robbery!!!!!

  3. Ilija Mladenovic

    January 3, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    That, let’s call it “law” about luxury exist only in Serbia and it’s act by our politicians who always wants more money… The really bad bad thing here in Serbia are them…

  4. Ivan

    January 20, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    anyone who drives cars above 2000ccm engine displacement have to pay a luxury tax which is insane…In my family we have one car that is 2000ccm we pay yearly ~27000dinars which is about 270e for registration…my friend has the same model of the car but he has 2500ccm and he pays about 57000dinars which is 570e aprox. that is just fuckin’ insane.
    The stupid thing is that even if you have an old car that is lets say 20years old but is above 2000ccm you still pay the luxury tax. WHAT KIND OF LUXURY IS IT IF I DRIVE A 20+yr old car because i cant afford a new one?

    • cather76

      January 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      damnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.. great message… thanks for reading and your comment.. that is insane..!!! hahahahahah

  5. Ana

    February 8, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    haha-”Big guys in small cars”… We do have some big guys, you couldn’t believe. If you Google ”Peglica” you’ll see a size of that car. Well, we owned Peglica back in the ’90’s, my father drove it every day at work and so… Sometimes with his family… That wouldn’t be a problem if he isn’t a 2,03 meters tall guy… 🙂 In that car we never had front seat… 🙂
    Prices for cars in Serbia are ENORMOUS! It’s a shame…

    • cather76

      February 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      hahahahaha… there are a lot of tall, scary Serbian guys.. ahahah.. they look funny in little Yugos… 🙂

    • Miroslav

      January 5, 2018 at 12:12 am

      “Big guys in small cars” this reminded me of the simpsons clip where Nelson laughs at the tall guy in a small car

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    • cather76

      August 24, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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  7. Lol u kiddin me

    October 10, 2013 at 9:55 am

    lol, 1.5 usd = 2 euro

  8. Wilson

    May 26, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Hello guys!

    Just arrived in Serbia for a masters graduation, and my first doubt is: can a foreigner buy a car and register in Serbia? Second doubt is: do we as a foreigner have the right to a leasing or any kind of financial options in order to pay for this vehicle?

    Thanks a lot!!


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