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Leaving a Sing Registered car in Malaysia

Post by QRM » Fri, 02 Jul 2010 12:22 pm

I have been looking in to having a second car in Malaysia, getting a straight answer from the Malaysia govt websites is a total nightmare.

I have been told its a lot cheaper to buy a car in Singapore and register on weekend plates. In Malaysia they dont care about these weekend plates so you can drive it there everyday. So long as the Singapore taxes and insurance are up to date you are legit and there is no time limit on Singapore cars in Malaysia?

It just sound a bit too good to be true and I ask myself if its such a great loop hole why doesn't every Malaysian do it?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 02 Jul 2010 12:45 pm

Cheaper to buy cars in Malaysia to start with? No coe with or without weekend plates.

Never checked, but do you have to have a local Singapore address to register a Singapore car?
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Post by QRM » Fri, 02 Jul 2010 12:57 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Cheaper to buy cars in Malaysia to start with? No coe with or without weekend plates.

Never checked, but do you have to have a local Singapore address to register a Singapore car?
The cost of locally assembled cars are cheaper there, but The Toyota Velfire and Alphard are more expensive, once you factor in the cost saving on weekend plates its even better value here, ha ha thought I would never say that about cars in Singapore!!

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Post by ScoobyDoes » Fri, 02 Jul 2010 2:22 pm

To answer the question, there is no limit on the number of days the SG car is allowed in Malaysia so long as your taxes and insurance in SG are up to date.

There is only a record of the people entering the country, via your Imm. Form but not of the car you arrive in. This is at the moment. Malaysia did intend to start that same smart-card technology for foreign registered cards similar to Singapore, you'll see the little black readers at the immigration counters. This was already 2-years back i think.

This has been put on hold indefinately after local business complained it would lower the number of SG spenders in the country.

Ok, so some minister's son or daughter already made the money selling and installing the readers....... job done.

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Post by ksl » Sat, 03 Jul 2010 12:10 am

My only worry would be how long could you keep it before it was stolen! The SG plates would stand out like a sore thumb! Then the insurance implications in getting a pay out!

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Post by revhappy » Sat, 03 Jul 2010 11:58 am

The title of this thread is slightly misleading. I thought you are going to leave a SG rented car in Malaysia and run away :D

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Post by QRM » Sat, 03 Jul 2010 12:10 pm

ksl wrote:My only worry would be how long could you keep it before it was stolen! The SG plates would stand out like a sore thumb! Then the insurance implications in getting a pay out!
My hope is the average thief will not know what a red plate on a car is and think its an official vehicular and steer clear?

That is the big worry have to check insurance is water tight. But so far all looking like that is the way to go.

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Post by ScoobyDoes » Sat, 03 Jul 2010 4:59 pm

QRM wrote: My hope is the average thief will not know what a red plate on a car is and think its an official vehicular and steer clear?

Unfortunately not..... in fact they may figure it to be an easier target knowing the police won't care so much.

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Post by Mad Scientist » Sat, 03 Jul 2010 6:41 pm

To buy a Malaysian car , if you are paying cash , is not an issue using your Singapore DL. If you intend to get HP on the car , then you need a Malaysian EP and Malaysian DL . They can accept your SG DL but the insurance will be more.
Owning a weekend car in SG is cheaper.
If you are operating a company in Malaysia, you can get to drive your Malaysian Car to Singapore over the weekend for 15 days in a year. Go to LTA , you have to filled up the docs and faxed to them to get approval prior arrival to SG.
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