Owning A Car In London

Living In LondonMany Londoners get around using public transport, but if you work out of the city or like to be in charge or your own transport, then owning a car is the way forward.

Cars are generally very well priced in the UK, and you can pick yourself up some great car deals if you shop around and do some research.

Driving in London is just like in any big city – you’ll need to take it easy at first and keep your wits about you, but you do get used to it!

One thing to keep in mind in London is parking – both at home and when you are out and about. It can be quite pricey, so when budgeting always make sure you include this. Most councils offer parking for when at home, and this is usually payed every 6 months, and depending on where you live (Westminster is the most expensive) prices for a permit range from 30 to 100 GBP.

You will also want to watch out for parking inspectors in the city – they are a nightmare! Don’t think for a second you are able to leave your car parked illegally if only for a few minutes, they will get you pretty much every time! The best way to avoid this is to make sure you’re parked in a proper bay, and that you have payed if needed. Parking fines can add up pretty quick in London!

Make sure you are also aware of the congestion zone which covers most of central London – you will need to pay a small fee (around 10 pounds) if you drive within in during working hours, and if you forget, can result in a fine. There are signs for when you enter the zones, so you can easily avoid them.

When you first arrive in London you will be OK to drive using your international license, but after you are settled, get in touch with the DVLA in order to transfer over to a UK license.

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