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Turkey: world leader in gasoline prices
1.       vineyards
1954 posts
 01 Jan 2010 Fri 04:19 am

Here are the prices of one liter of gasoline in various countries: (USD)

 

Turkey 2.6
The Netherlands 2.0

The UK  1.8
Italy 1.8
France 1.7
Japan 1.5
Greece 1.3
USA 0.9
Russia 0.8
Saudi Arabia 0.1



Edited (1/1/2010) by vineyards

2.       vineyards
1954 posts
 01 Jan 2010 Fri 04:41 am

Based on above prices, to fill up the tank of an economy class car, you would pay $143 wheras a Saudi citizen would spend merely $5.5.  Whether a self-respecting Saudi would drive an economy class car is another question.

 

When I drive to our capital Ankara from Istanbul, I spend about $200 for both ways. Using the same funds, a Saudi could afford 2000 liters of gasoline which would be enough for him to drive to Istanbul from Riyadh and back. Assuming that distance as 7000kms, he would have enough funds left to do that at least once more...

 

For what it takes this guy to do 25 thousand kilometers, I can only afford a short trip to Ankara which is just 450 kilometers from where I am.

3.       si++
3785 posts
 01 Jan 2010 Fri 02:23 pm

 

Quoting vineyards

Here are the prices of one liter of gasoline in various countries: (USD)

 

Turkey 2.6

Does it include the rise in ÖTV rates for 2010? I guess not. If not, it will even be more expensive this year. It´s the easiest (and most effective) way for our government to collect tax when they need some money.
The Netherlands 2.0

The UK  1.8
Italy 1.8
France 1.7
Japan 1.5
Greece 1.3
USA 0.9
Russia 0.8
Saudi Arabia 0.1

 

 

4.       vineyards
1954 posts
 01 Jan 2010 Fri 07:28 pm

 

Quoting si++

 

 

 

 

 Yes it does.

5.       catwoman
8933 posts
 01 Jan 2010 Fri 11:13 pm

Hahah, I love the saudi arabia prices!!

6.       alameda
3499 posts
 02 Jan 2010 Sat 01:18 am

 

Quoting vineyards

 

 

 Yes it does.

 

What is ÖTV? At least you guys have a very good public transportation system.  Only in NYC is there a good transportation system.  Most of the country you must have an automobile to get around.  With no automobile your choices of employment, education or shopping are very limited.

 

The SF Bay area is pretty good in public transportation, but very slow next to the one in NY.

 

FWIW....the price of a gallon of gas here is about 3. USD............but when you compare the reality of the situation, we have to have automobiles and drive, you don´t.

7.       si++
3785 posts
 02 Jan 2010 Sat 08:26 am

 

Quoting alameda

 

 

What is ÖTV? At least you guys have a very good public transportation system.  Only in NYC is there a good transportation system.  Most of the country you must have an automobile to get around.  With no automobile your choices of employment, education or shopping are very limited.

 

The SF Bay area is pretty good in public transportation, but very slow next to the one in NY.

 

FWIW....the price of a gallon of gas here is about 3. USD............but when you compare the reality of the situation, we have to have automobiles and drive, you don´t.

ÖTV=Special Consumption Tax if translated.

 

Funny thing is that it is applied after VAT is added.

 

For example something priced at 100TL without VAT would be equal to 118 after adding 18% VAT tax. And ÖTV is applied to 118TL not to the 100TL. So for example for 60% ÖTV

118*1.60 = 188.8 TL.

 

If applied separately, that would have been 100+18+60=178TL instead of 188.8TL.

 

Everytimes there is a deficit inthe budget they increase the rates.

 

But they surprised us again by resetting the ÖTV rate for wines for example.

 

There was 60% ÖTV on wines and this year there will be no ÖTV. So we should expect something sold at 16TL should be sold as at 10TL now. I need to check in the stores.

 



Edited (1/2/2010) by si++

8.       tomac
975 posts
 02 Jan 2010 Sat 02:57 pm

By the way, do gas stations in Turkey sell also LPG gas fuel (apart from gasoline) ? In Poland, it is sold on lots of gas stations (although I have no idea how many people have cars using it, comparing to gasoline or diesel).



Edited (1/2/2010) by tomac

9.       vineyards
1954 posts
 03 Jan 2010 Sun 05:37 pm

 

Quoting tomac

By the way, do gas stations in Turkey sell also LPG gas fuel (apart from gasoline) ? In Poland, it is sold on lots of gas stations (although I have no idea how many people have cars using it, comparing to gasoline or diesel).

 

Yes some of them do. There are even stations selling only LPG.

The use of LPG is quite common in Turkey especially among the low and middle income groups. There are many foreign and domestic companies producing LPG conversion kits. There is even one from Poland.

 

At least one car company in Turkey offers cars with factory assembled LPG kits.

 

There some disadvantages of owning an LPG car, your car is not allowed to enter covered parking lots including those in shopping malls, ferries etc. You need to pay tax to get your LPG kit registered on your license and I guess there are  added legal car inspection requirements including more frequent check ups.

 

In the end, you save about 33% compared to gasoline...

 

10.       tomac
975 posts
 05 Jan 2010 Tue 09:33 pm

 

Quoting vineyards

 

In the end, you save about 33% compared to gasoline...

 

 

I´m not sure, but I think it is very similar in Poland. Here, the price of 1 litre of LPG is around 50% of the price of 1 litre of gasoline, so I suppose that in the end savings are around 33 %.



Edited (1/5/2010) by tomac

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