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Buying a LHD car

Discussion forum for expats moving to or living in Portugal.
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Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:17 pm

Hi! We're going to be moving to Central Portugal in thenext few months , and we're planning to buy a car here and drive to our new life. However , I was wondering if anyone has any experience and/or advice they'd care to share. I'm particularly wondering if there are any considerations regarding the hot/dry driving conditions in Portugal as far as oil/water/general maintenance is concerned , beyond the normal car stuff.

Muito obrigado!

 

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Re: Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 11:57 pm

Pete,

No idea about the maintenance side of things I'm afraid but the following makes interesting (and sometimes sobering) reading:

http://www.asirt.org/RoadTravelReports/Portugal.PDF

Be safe!

Jamie


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Re: Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 5:39 pm

Hi Pete

I came across this link. You will find really useful. Explains everything.

www.britishembassy.gov...7336084920

Please let me know if it does not work. I was tempted to copy the contents...but was not sure re the copy right issues.

Hope this helps...email me if it does not work and I will sent the text to you.

Good Luck and Bon Voyage Wink

 

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Re: Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:36 pm

Piglet,

Fantastic link, I'll make a note of that for future reference.

Kind regards,

Jamie


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Re: Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 12:55 pm

Hi Rod , Hi Piglet,
Thanks for the info. It's all vey useful. We've got a second viewing on our house tomorrow (our first) , so hopefully(!) we'll be making the move soon - hope so , we're gping nuts here waiting! Smile

Take care both,

Pete

 

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Re: Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2005 2:11 pm

Hi Pete
Obtained this link on Breadown cover from some knowelgable expats....its all in Portuguese but if you go onto a translation site like Free translation.com or Babel fish should help.
(One suggestion was when I breakdown ...I show a bit of leg Embarassed ) but I think its best to look at proper cover Cool

If you speak Portuguese perhaps you can help me? Laughing
kind regards
Piglet

 

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Re: Buying a LHD car

Post Posted: Sun Oct 09, 2005 7:55 pm

I loved RodM's link a few posts above to the US Authorities' write-up on things Portuguese. Yes, the parts about road safety made sobering reading, but my favourite bit was:

"Medical facilities... in some cases may not meet US standards."

I presume that means they're unable to cope with multiple gunshot wounds...


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