We use cookies to track usage and preferences. See Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
GB
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the United Kingdom version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions >  Latest Articles > World Car Culture Review Taiwan

World Car Culture Review Taiwan
Fast Car

World Car Culture Review Taiwan

Posted 01 April 2015   |   629 views   |   Aviation & Transport   |   Comments (0) Jap motors, particularly Subaru Impreza’s, are always going to be your modding staple over here. That’s for obvious reasons – Japan is just a stone’s throw away.

They aren’t cheap though, due to high import duty and limited supply. A 15-year-old classic WRX in decent shape will set you back at least four grand and a new-age WRX like my PB Brakes’ ‘Blobeye’ will put you around 12k in the red (two to four grand in the UK).  That’s why all the cool kids have turned to tuning the Toyota Yaris or Nissan Tiida these days – they’re made locally in Taiwan so there’s no import tax. Now all this may make you wonder why a British bloke like me would live out here, but it’s not all doom and gloom.

Insurance is dirt cheap for a start. Your absolute basic road legal (but covered for about six English pence and no third party damages) comes in at around 30 quid a year on a WRX. And because you insure the car rather than the driver in Taiwan, it doesn’t matter who’s driving, where you live, how old you are, anything! It’s a fl at rate dependent only on the engine displacement. So you could be cruising around in a twin-turbo Supra at 18 years old and still pay the same as a 50-year-old woman in a Nissan Cefiro!

And then there’s fuel prices, which are tax-free at the pump. Standard 95-octane unleaded costs a measly 54p a litre and, if you’re feeling a bit frivolous, you could splash out 59p on 98-octane super juice. Modifying cars is a way of life here, whether as trivial as switching your Toyota badge to a Ferrari one (no joke, people do that), or welding up the rear doors on your GC8 to make it look like a 22B. The average salary is less than half that of the UK, so as you can imagine a car is a big purchase and people cherish and adore them. There’s loads of shows, meets and motorsport events to get stuck into, too.

Although Taiwanese people generally start modding cars within 24 hours of purchasing them, technically speaking it’s illegal to fit any aftermarket part – only OEM parts are allowed. However, usually a back-hander of about 20 quid is suffi cient to convince the MoT tester to turn the other way. Engine swaps are more troublesome and require a bit more grease to be applied to the palm. If you own a car that was imported more than seven years ago however, the busy bodies at our DVLA will have neglected to write down engine numbers on the registration documents. It’s like having a diplomatic passport – you can do anything you like. It comes in handy...

For more great articles like this get the No.355 Thug Life issue of Fast Car below or subscribe and save.

Single Issue - May 2018 Replica Edition included
£3.99
Or 399 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only £ 2.23 per issue
SAVE
44%
£28.99
Or 2899 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only £ 2.76 per issue
SAVE
25%
£2.99
Or 299 points

View Issues

About Fast Car

"Fast Car is officially the best car magazine ever made, and the only one that delivers on its promise of defining today’s car culture. Stuffed with the finest feature cars from the United Kingdom, all the hottest new gear and kit, inspiring guides and even the odd top model for good measure, it’s so jam-packed, you can see it from space."

More great content like this...

For more great articles like this subscribe to Fast Car today.

Most read articles this month


Christmas Gifts for Her

Christmas Gifts for Her

Stuck for gift ideas for the lovely lady in your life? The Pocketmags team have pooled all their best ideas for gifts for her this Christmas. Get ready to earn some serious brownie points! More...
Christmas Gifts for Him

Christmas Gifts for Him

Why are men so hard to buy for?! If you're looking for gift ideas for the deserving gent in your life, look no further; the Pocketmags team have found some amazing gifts for him this Christmas. Boring socks begone! More...
WHEN THE MUSE GOES MISSING!

WHEN THE MUSE GOES MISSING!

Nashville songwriter Mark Cawley shares some tactics for reviving those elusive creative juices when you’ve lost the flow More...
3 Free Reads for the New Year

3 Free Reads for the New Year

Spend all your money in December? Us too. We’ve pulled together our 3 favourite free reads available for you on Pocketmags. Everyone loves a free read! More...
How I got  published

How I got published

The author’s debut was actually her sixth novel, she tells Dolores Gordon-Smith More...
Christmas Gifts for Kids

Christmas Gifts for Kids

Treat the smallest (and loudest) members of the family to something fun this festive season! We've rounded up our favourite gifts for kids to help you (oops, we mean Santa) out - just call us the Pocketmags elves! More...
News from the world of the piano

News from the world of the piano

Argerich and Babayan in Cleveland More...
Christmas Gifts for Everyone

Christmas Gifts for Everyone

Here at Pocketmags we're all about going digital, but we know our relatives might not always feel the same. Why not treat someone special to a print subscription from our sister site magazine.co.uk? Buy 3 Christmas gift subscriptions and you'll get £15 off at checkout. That's Christmas sorted! Here are our favourites to pick up and flick through all year round... More...
Christmas Gifts for Geeks

Christmas Gifts for Geeks

Don't get pwned this Christmas - we've got a list of the greatest gifts around for the geekiest member of your household. Prepare to beat Santa at his own game - these beauties are just what they're looking for under the tree... More...
3 Fitness Trends You Haven’t Tried

3 Fitness Trends You Haven’t Tried

We’ve all heard of the crazy exercises people are trying - from animal yoga to orange theory. But if one of your New Year's resolutions is to get fit and find some sort of exercise you’ll enjoy then maybe you will love one of these… More...
Vouchers Gift Cards A magazine subscription is the perfect gift but you'll need something to show on the big day. View All
Ways to Pay Pocketmags Payment Types
At Pocketmags you get Secure Billing Great Offers HTML Reader Gifting options Loyalty Points