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!!!