Rabat - 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?

Typical FS friendly SUV. We have a Toyota RAV4, which was perfect. Many couples/families get a second car since driving is a must to get anywhere. It’s also relatively easy to hire a driver for a trip or daily commute. - May 2022

Parking is always difficult, but the driving in Rabat is awful. It is best to have a solid car that can weather car accidents. - Apr 2018

Any car is fine here. I wouldn't suggest a huge car though, as it would make parking a bit tricky, but this is no different from many U.S. cities. The roads - both in the cities and between them - are generally very good and well-maintained. - Oct 2017

Japanese brands do well, as do European brands. If you really want to explore Morocco, a large 4x4 is best, as roads can get dicey out in the sticks. Small cars are fine, and are easily maneuvered through the hellish city traffic. - Oct 2017

Your car will be dinged and scratched after a couple of years. - Aug 2017

Whatever you like to drive. I like the higher profile of a small SUV so I can see better. - Jul 2014

You can feel safe with a range of options. Terrain isn't a factor unless you want to go deep out into the hinterland. Parking space or road width isn't much of an issue either. The main consideration would be service, but even then many expats have makes that aren't locally available and make do with parts that are shipped or ordered by the garage. - Nov 2011

Small car or SUV. I wouldn't recommend a giganto vehicle as parking can be tight. You need something quick and nimble. These people drive like complete idiots. - Nov 2011

Newer small cars. Streets are small and parking is limited. If you are going to do lots of mountain or desert trips then bring a four wheel. Many at the Embassy have them. Don't bring a car that you will be upset if it gets a ding. Traffic is crazy and scratches are common. - Sep 2011

The streets in the city tend to be somewhat narrow and large SUV's may find it a problem to get around. However, more than a few families have large vehicles and do just fine. I would not bring a new vehicle if you don't want it dinged by locals, they don't seem to care. Parts are limited for most vehicles. - Apr 2010

If you are driving in city any car will do. (Many are for sale from families that are leaving). IF you plan to go to more remote places then you'll need a 4WD or rent one. - Jun 2008

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