Skopje - Post Report Question and Answers

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?

Small cars. European parts were easily accessible. Roads were somewhat “improved”. SUVs did not fit on the roads. - Nov 2022

Parking is really tight in most places downtown but I was very happy with my Jeep Patriot! - Aug 2019

We did not bother with a car, but I see all kinds on the road. - Jan 2019

Small SUVs are the way to go. There are a lot of major car dealerships here (Toyota, Honda, Ford, BMW), but it's best to bring things like replacement windshield wipers, oil filters, etc if you ship your own cat as those parts cab be difficult to find specific to your model of car. - Sep 2016

You can bring anything. Roads can be in poor repair and with lots of hills and mountains outside of town. Many have SUV's. - May 2016

The roads are fine to bring pretty much any type of car. This place is safe but I still would not bring a convertible or an expensive car. - May 2014

All cars are fine here and it seems like there is a really good resale market. - Oct 2013

We did not bring or purchase a vehicle while living here because taxis and personal drivers are plentiful and cheap. - Sep 2013

Fender-benders are common, so it's best to bring a car for which new parts can be easily obtained. There are Toyota, Ford, Honda, and BMW dealerships in town, to name a few. - Jun 2013

You can drive most anything here. Roads are reasonable. If you love the outdoors, bring a 4x4. - Mar 2012

There are some American dealerships here..Chevy and Ford for sure. No carjacking issues here, but parking large vehicles can be troublesome at times. - Aug 2009

We purchased our car new here. The dealerships represented here are Toyota, Mazda, Ford, & Honda. There are a number of European brands as well (Citroen, Seat, Renault, etc.). We drive a minivan here with no "terrain" problems. All of the major brands have a dealership garage as well so can order necessary parts as needed. The only inconvenience is waiting for parts to clear customs. - Mar 2009

All car dealerships are here. We have a Toyota & have had no trouble. People have SUVs and sedans - SUVs are definitely nice given the bad condition of roads and the terrible driving skills of locals. - Mar 2009

We were told to bring a small SUV.I would say you need the most narrow car you can find. Streets are incredibly narrow. You are required to have chains for your tires outside of the city in the winter, so bring those. - Jan 2009

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