Suncha wrote:First off, I'd come to Peru and take a look around at what other people are driving. And HOW they drive! Then think about what you feel is safest? I have 3 kids, 8, 4, and 18 months and we don't have a car. We get around perfectly fine with out one.
Where will you be living is a huge factor also.
I suggest the same.
All kind of cars drive around in Lima. And mecanics can fix anything up here. They always find an alternative part or copy of a part. But as a gringo you are likely to charged more for repairs and parts because they will assume you have a lot of dollares.
Carcrime is rife in Peru and especially gringos driving a new car are seen as a very easy target. Carjackings, robberies at traffic lights are a daily occurance. They are not shy of killing you for a few solitos if you don't hand over your car and or valuables immediately. If someone sees a thief steal your car, they will do nothing to avoid 'problems' with the thief or his accomplices. People will look the other way. Same in case you get assaulted. No one will help you.
Most cars are in very bad condition in Peru. Bad brakes, worn tyres, driving without lights at night, not using indicators, no brake lights, passing red lights are common. Buses and trucks that cross the road without looking if other traffic is coming is normal. Drink driving is a big problem too. Hit and run accidents happen all the time. Every day, there are deadly accidents.
Police stops gringos and demands a high tip and threaten with serious problems if you don't pay up.
If you really need a car, I suggest you buy one locally and a cheap second hand one. A nice new car, doesn't stay nice for long here and gets stolen quickly.
If you have a new car, it's highly suggested that you only park at a guarded carpark thus you will incure a lot of extra costs.
Also, you can only drive with a foreign licence for a limited time here.