I will be relocating to Bahrain next month and I am wondering whether I should buy a car (and run it to the ground, as was advised by another long time expat in Bahrain) or lease a car. Even if I buy, I'm tempted to go for an affordable and relatively old car, because I just can't fathom taking a loan in a country that could jail you and prevent you from leaving for failing to pay off the balance.
Big factors of course will be insurance and cost.
- what kind of insurance did you find and take for vehicle (full coverage, limited coverage, civil responsibility, etc...)
- what document did you need to get it?
- did certain exclusion surprise you?
- how much does it cost you per year/month?
- does it cover you in Saudi Arabia?
- did you ever use it, and how did it compare to your experience back home?
- where did you need to go and what document did you need?
- how much did it cost you?
- how often do you renew?
Third, car repair:
- have you had any experience dealing with garages and mechanics over there?
- in practice, how have the leasing services treated you if your leased car broke down, and how fast did the replacement come?
Fourth, any other advice: what kind of cars and brands to prefer (ie wide availability of parts and mechanics at cheap or reasonable costs), brands to avoid, sellers or leaser to avoid, where to find good deals for sales or leases, hidden costs, etc...
Thank you very much in advance.