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Saan    1,279

Where should I go to buy a cheap car just to run around Chiang Mai? Have tried the various sites and plenty out there just not in CM. Are there any big car yards that specialise in the lower end of the market? Any advice gratefully received.

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mamborobert    1,121
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Not sure of your price range (or auto/man or engine size etc) as most of the yards I know do not sell cars under the 200k Baht mark but the CM FB Buy Sell Swap page has a vehicles fairly frequently with a broad price/make range so might be worth a look.

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/305872182829627/

 

also FB pages like

https://www.facebook.com/chiangmaicar2you/

 

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worgeordie    15,447

On Baht  & Sold ,they have 2 Mitsubishi lancers 20K and 68K,

a VW passat 85K,Suzuki Caribbean 95K,all asking prices,

regards Worgeordie

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Saan    1,279
4 hours ago, worgeordie said:

On Baht  & Sold ,they have 2 Mitsubishi lancers 20K and 68K,

a VW passat 85K,Suzuki Caribbean 95K,all asking prices,

regards Worgeordie

Thank you. I tried to contact the Lancer owner but I think he has already left Thailand. The other vehicles are good buys but not close to CM.

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Saan    1,279

I found a site, Kaidee, which had hundreds of cars for sale in Chiang Mai. I thought there were many good deals on the site and bought a car that I am happy with. The site is in Thai but it was easy enough to work your way through. When ringing a seller a little Thai assistance might then be needed.

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idman    229

And you are willing to buy a second hand car off a Thai used car lot??? Excuse me, but are you mental?? Thai people are among the worst for taking care of their cars, forget about dealership maintenance most just find the cheapest shop. Since having a car gives huge face too many Thais purchase a car with little or resources to properly maintain it. In the case of these lower end dealers with lower price cars you are taking a huge chance. What do you think your chances are of seeing actual service records, are you qualified enough to determine if the car was severly damaged and only had cover upwork done? You safest bet is to purchase from a Farang who has all the records or buy from places like ExPat Motors here in Chiang Mai or from a Toyota Sure dealer.

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canthai55    1,095

It is not rocket science to determine if a car has done the mileage as per the odometer, and is in sound mechanical condition. But you need knowledge - which few have and so many are forced to buy new and face the consequences - limited choice, high prices, depreciation, and having the identical car to many thousands of others. Scaremongering is just a cover for limited to nonexistent  knowledge about cars.

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CMKiwi    1,183
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The missus acted as a guarentor for a friend a few years back so he could get a car.....big mistake.

 

It ended up he lost his job and couldn't afford to pay the car off.  So the missus gave him his deposit back and took over payments. 

 

That might have been ok if she had spoke to me first. Sight unseen and the car need a lot of work. All the wheel bearings needed replacement, battery was stuffed (Later found that the was an electrical leak draining the battery).

 

The A/C was great after it was regassed and was probably the only good thing going for the car. Tyres were all cheap and cracking big time. In the wet weather it was like driving with you feet in a kiddies pool.  The seal around the windscreen wasn't done properly when they last replaced the screen.

 

It leaked around the door frame and the footwells filled with water.  The whole car smelt damp most of the time.

 

Luckily the missus managed to flick it off as where is once we fix bearings and tyres. Oh and the stereo worked  on radio only...Sometimes. 

 

If buying second hand you need to conduct a through inspection....the missus (ex) friend was an idiot who had no idea on what he was buying. It was a proverbial bucket of <deleted>. 

 

As has been mentioned, generally falangs take better care of their motor vehicles. Others have never heard of preventative maintenance let alone an oil change.

 

As the saying goes...buyer beware.

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billd766    10,011
1 hour ago, idman said:

And you are willing to buy a second hand car off a Thai used car lot??? Excuse me, but are you mental?? Thai people are among the worst for taking care of their cars, forget about dealership maintenance most just find the cheapest shop. Since having a car gives huge face too many Thais purchase a car with little or resources to properly maintain it. In the case of these lower end dealers with lower price cars you are taking a huge chance. What do you think your chances are of seeing actual service records, are you qualified enough to determine if the car was severly damaged and only had cover upwork done? You safest bet is to purchase from a Farang who has all the records or buy from places like ExPat Motors here in Chiang Mai or from a Toyota Sure dealer.

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Have you missed the title of the thread?

 

"Looking to buy super cheap second car" and the OPs post?

 

quote " Where should I go to buy a cheap car just to run around Chiang Mai?"

 

He only wants something cheap and cheerful and not something that he can drive all over Thailand. How much will he have to pay for a farang owned car with all the records or from Expat Motors or the Toyota Sure dealer? I think it will be more than he wants to pay for sure.

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4MyEgo    1,790
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2 hours ago, canthai55 said:

It is not rocket science to determine if a car has done the mileage as per the odometer, and is in sound mechanical condition. But you need knowledge - which few have and so many are forced to buy new and face the consequences - limited choice, high prices, depreciation, and having the identical car to many thousands of others. Scaremongering is just a cover for limited to nonexistent  knowledge about cars.

Tell that to someone who buys a second hand car that has had the speedometer wound back, or was in a serious accident and has a bent chaise etc etc

 

I suppose its all about affordability and choice, in my country of birth we had consumer protection laws, doubt they have anything like that here, that's one reason I opted for a new purchase, that and seeing an xpat having to replace a motor on a vehicle he purchased from a used car dealer, just after the 3 month warranty ran out.

 

At least with new, you get 100,000 km's or 3 years warranty, whichever comes 1st, and you know nothing shonky about the car, well that's my opinion anyway.  

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canthai55    1,095
31 minutes ago, 4MyEgo said:

Tell that to someone who buys a second hand car that has had the speedometer wound back, or was in a serious accident and has a bent chaise etc etc

 

3 hours ago, canthai55 said:

 But you need knowledge - which few have and so many are forced to buy new and face the consequences

Chassis taken a hit - up on the hoist and all is revealed. Speedo wound back - other signs will point to that, least of all being the numbers are not in a straight line if old style cable driver model.

Anyone who buys a car as you described ... well, goes without saying

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4MyEgo    1,790
5 hours ago, canthai55 said:

But you need knowledge - which few have and so many are forced to buy new and face the consequences - limited choice, high prices, depreciation, and having the identical car to many thousands of others.

New:

 

Limited choice ?

High prices ? Much cheaper than in Oz

Depreciation, comes with the enjoyment of driving a new car, but as I see new cars tend to hold there values quite well considering

Identical car to many thousands of others, well at least parts won't be too hard to track down.

 

I have no complaint in driving a new car, like I said, wouldn't expose myself to a 2nd hand car here in Thailand, pretty hard to back track and consumer rights would be just about non existent I would imagine, for what its worth I was also a mechanic back in my younger years and would know what to look for in a 2nd hand car, but Thailand being Thailand, a new car with warranty makes me sleep better at night, and as soon as the 100,000 km's is up it will be time a an upgrade, that or give the car to the Mrs, but I doubt the latter as she prefers to be chauffeur driven...lol

 

 

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sharktooth    798
3 hours ago, canthai55 said:

 

Chassis taken a hit - up on the hoist and all is revealed. Speedo wound back - other signs will point to that, least of all being the numbers are not in a straight line if old style cable driver model.

Anyone who buys a car as you described ... well, goes without saying

 

Honestly, these days... which common or garden punter is going to know what to look for after they get some old motor up on the ramps?

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canthai55    1,095
47 minutes ago, sharktooth said:

 

Honestly, these days... which common or garden punter is going to know what to look for after they get some old motor up on the ramps?

Don't have the knowledge - find someone who has. It's a car - not the space shuttle.

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Konini    1,969

Partly off topic here, but a few years ago Thais were buying new cars or utes because they were getting a big rebate from the government.  The balance I presume was on HP.

 

Now, I could be wrong, but my thinking is that a lot of people who really couldn't afford to buy a new vehicle did and a couple of years down the track are unable to make repayments and would be pretty keen to rid themselves of this money trap, therefore leaving nice bargains to be picked up.

 

Am I correct in this assumption?  If I am, where would be the best place to look for such a bargain?

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