Kind of makes you realize that the grass really isn't greener on the other side, no matter what we think.
To be honest I always knew about the cost of ownership in Europe, but forgot just how taxed their cars are. Yikes. Meanwhile Japan has the shaken tech certification exams, which makes having an older car so much more difficult. Overall it's stuff like this that makes me ok with having that stupid 25 year import rule in return for cheap gas, no silly taxes or exams (except if your in California lol), and a plentiful bounty of Miatas, Fox bodies, and Civics to autocross, track day, or drag to one's content.