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Warning: Buying and Driving a Toyota Vitz or Platz in Pakistan

Many potential car buyers in Pakistan prefer to spend their hard earned cash on cars imported from Japan. The Japanese take better care of their cars than the locals do, and the climate in Japan is not as harsh on vehicles as the climate of the subcontinent. In many cases it is wise to buy cars manufactured in other parts of Asia, as you can assume the quality is higher than locally manufactured models.

That said, there are some major drawbacks you should know if considering buying a Toyota Vitz or Platz in Pakistan.

Low Clearance

These cars were made for city driving in Japan, not in Pakistan. Speed bump engineers have some learning to do, as many speed bumps are too high or made it such a way that they can damage your car. These two models have lower clearance than most other vehicles on Pakistan’s roads.

As a result, they take the worst beating from speedbumps, potholes, and generally bad road conditions. It is also extremely dangerous to drive these vehicles in the rainy season (July to September), as the low clearance makes flooding and electrical damage more likely. You will also have trouble on some of the steeper driveways in big cities.

Driving these cars off the beaten path is certainly not advisable. Perhaps the stupidest decision I have made in my entire life was to drive a Toyota Vitz up the Karakoram Highway to Karimabad. It took three days driving during daylight hours, and the car did not fare well in landslide zones.

Suzuki Mehrans and Corollas may be able to zip and bump along on mountain roads, a Vitz or a Platz can not.

Not Compatible with CNG

Local mechanics will not fit these cars for use with Certified Natural Gas (CNG). That means you’ll always have to drive on petrol which currently costs ten times as much as CNG. This makes these mid-range cars very expensive to run for your average use.

Most more expensive city cars, including the Honda City, are compatible with CNG kits.

Poor Fuel Quality = Pollution Machine

Pakistan’s fuel quality is no where near what a Japanese car is used to. Japanese cars are fitted with catalytic converters, which can only be used with unleaded fuel. A lot of fuel in Pakistan, although it may be called unleaded, is not really unleaded. Driving your car with a catalytic converter and unleaded fuel is like the car slowly committing suicide. You absolutely should not drive a Vitz or a Platz with a catalytic converter when fuel quality is low.

Your car will run rougher and get lower mileage. In order to drive your car to performance, you must have the catalytic converter removed. This is horrible for the environment and embarrassing if you environment conscious in any way.

You can smell your car coming when you run it without the catalytic converter.

Spare Parts Insurance Problems

Spare parts for the Vitz or Platz must come directly from Japan. That makes them very expensive in the market. It is currently very difficult to insure these cars, particularly the Vitz, as thieves find selling a Vitz in pieces to be a profitable trade.

Theft for a Vitz or a Platz is more likely than other more common models, and the crooks will make the most money by gutting it and selling it piece by piece on the black market. You’ll pay a hefty fee for insurance if anyone is willing to insure you car, and you’ll need extra security measures such as alarm system and steering club.

So What?

All in all, we do like our Vitz, but we certainly would not buy one again in Pakistan. In Japan, yes, we’d love to drive one, but in Pakistan it’s just too expensive and inconvenient. We don’t like being big time pollutants driving around without our catalytic converter, and the price of petrol is always rising.

Both the Vitz and the Platz are comfortable and well–built, but not for Pakistan’s shoddy roads. Do yourself a favor and look for a car that is CNG compatible and has parts easily available in the local market. This will cut down on your driving budget considerably.

Heather is a freelance travel writer and editor. Her articles include travel tips, free ESL lesson plans, teacher training resources, and information about expatriate life in Pakistan. Learn more on her blog. View profile

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