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  1. Probably true but a friend of mine in Bangkok had a contractor disappear halfway through a garage build. He had to find another to get it completed. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  2. Sounds like the pilings weren't deep enough. Our pilings are 18 meters deep. I watched them put them in and they couldn't go any deeper. I doubt we will have that problem. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  3. Bangkok Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  4. I must admit after reading countless threads on this forum over the past 12+ years, that I was a bit (VERY) nervous when my wife asked to add an addition to the house. I have read all types of horror stories about contractors running off mid-job, taking advance money and disappearing, using substandard materials, etc., the list could go on for infinity. My wife found a contractor, through the recommendation of some friends and neighbors and we decided to go ahead with a 36sqm addition to the side and back of the house. We sat with the contractor and drew out the basic plan for the addition and he priced it and told us it would take 45 days to complete, not including the piling that needed to be done first, which took one week. Once we agreed on the price and completion date, we drew up a contract and included a penalty of “10,000 baht per week or part thereof” if they went beyond the agreed deadline. Work started the first week of Sept after the pilings were completed and I am happy to report they finished the job on schedule, used quality materials, and the workmanship is outstanding, even by western standards. The workers were here every day (Mon-Sat) and were very professional at all times and cleaned up the area at the end of each day before they departed. We were never asked for more money than was originally quoted except for the “extras” the missus decided to have done, like changing the front door to the house to a solid wood decorative door and some other odds and ends. The contractor delivered on his promise to do a quality job and was on-site every day to supervise and work together with his team. We have decided when the time comes to add-on to the other side of the house and build a detached garage, we will definitely use the same contractor and would recommend him to anyone else considering building a house or addition. I just wanted to share a success story for a change. The forum is full of horror stories related to house construction and remodeling. It was refreshing, and a huge relief to me, to see that there are still very good and honorable contractors available who are extremely capable of delivering high quality results and follow the agreed terms of the contract.
  5. Lucky the motorcycle rider managed to stay on the bike and control it and it looks like the car did move to the side of the road and stop. Could have been prevented if the motorcycle followed the "keep left" rules for motorcycles.
  6. Update: My current insurance company (of 12 years) have received approval from their underwriters to extend the 1st Class coverage for my truck. Problem solved (at least for another year). Thanks to all that provided useful feedback. I appreciate the willingness to help.
  7. Call AA Insurance Brokers. They offered me 1st Class for my vehicle but would only cover 20,000 baht for the modifications. If you don't have a lot of modifications, they would be a great choice.
  8. Never knew Cigna had insurance for vehicles. I'll check it out. Thanks. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  9. Thanks for your helpful contribution to this discussion. You should get out more often. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  10. Thanks. It returned with "No plans available". Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  11. I know of a lot older cars and trucks that are worth more. Not that unusual for well maintained and modified trucks. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  12. The truck is valued at more than 500k baht even at it's age. It is modified and only has 200k kms. Definitely would spend the money to repair it if needed. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  13. Thanks for the information. I called Thai Sri and sent them a copy of my current insurance schedule. Just received this reply on email from them: "We are unable to quote the first class insurance for your truck as requested because the age of the car is over 10 year. The quotation that we can provide is Third class insurance only." Waiting for a response from Bangkok Insurance and AA Insurance brokers. Sent from my SM-G935F using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
  14. Car Finance without Work Permit

    Not correct based on my experience. I was recently told that even though I can prove consistent income from overseas that they will not approve a loan unless I have a work permit and work for a local company. They wouldn't consider allowing me to pay a higher down payment. It was simply stated: no work permit, no loan. If you know a bank or finance company who will consider off-shore income, please share the information to help others in this situation.
  15. It is time to renew my vehicle insurance and the agent called today to inform me that they will no longer be able to provide 1st Class insurance for my vehicle since it will be 16 years old in 2018. I have owned the vehicle since 2005 and maintained it in pristine condition. It is sound inside and out and only gets service work done at the Toyota dealer garage. She informed me that "no insurance company in Thailand will offer 1st Class insurance for a 16 year old vehicle". Being a foreigner, I feel that I "need" 1st Class insurance to drive here to avoid the possibility of being extorted in the event of an accident. I have maintained 1st Class insurance with this same company for the past 12 years with no claims. Has anyone else dealt with this before? Are there insurance companies in Thailand that will work with me? Any advice would be appreciated.