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What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

You can't import a vehicle to India. It's a right hand drive (left side of road) country. Plan for the process to purchase and register a vehicle to take 3 months. The easiest option is to purchase from a departing officer. - Nov 18, 2017
The bigger, the better: it shelters you from accidents and it simply handles the streets and potholes better. You cannot make it in the city without a car. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a car in a place where distances are large and the city is not walk-able. Import restrictions, right-hand drive, and red tape make purchasing a car challenging - 6-7 weeks; the best bet is to buy from a departing officer and even before coming to Hyderabad. If you buy a new car you should expect to have dings and scratches instantly. - Sep 20, 2016
I would just buy one here. They're cheap and more suited to the roads here. - Mar 16, 2015
Most people buy second-hand cars. A few have bought brand new Indian-produced cars. - Jan 18, 2015
Buy from another diplomat unless you are a masochist who enjoys byzantine government paperwork requirements. Most of your driving will be in the city on tolerable roads so you won't need a truck. - Nov 20, 2014
Buy local. If you're posted to the consulate, buy from a colleague. If you are working for a multinational, but locally. Roads are in so-so condition, but you will spend a lot of time stuck in traffic. Make sure the AC works. - Jul 18, 2014
We bought an SUV from another officer, and we really like having an SUV here. On the roads of Hyderabad, right of way goes to the largest vehicle. There are many bumps and potholes on the roads which are easier to handle in a higher car. Also, during monsoon season, when the roads flood, lower cars can end up with the engines flooding. - Mar 2, 2012
India has strict importation rules regarding the age of the car and emissions. They only allow right-hand cars to be brought in. Many people buy a local car upon arrival. For driving in the city, cars range from small hatchbacks to large SUVs. Most of the city is paved well enough for small cars. Toyata, Nissan, Volkswagen, Kia, Skoda, BMW, Mercedez, Honda, and Hundai are all found here, along with Indian brands. Some expats even buy motorcycles and scooters here, to join in with the locals weaving through traffic. - Feb 27, 2012
Any kind of car is fine. Check on current restrictions. You will definitely need a car. Rickshaws only go in certain zones in the city and are a hassle. There is no other public transport, and you can generally only get a taxi at the airport. - Jan 11, 2011