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I have a 1997 Lancer auto for sale if interested, much of it has been replaced renewed.

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I have a 92 Toyota Corona with a super solid engine. Some of the stuff like the windows need fixing but that's simple to get. I don't use it much because I hate traffic, but definitely nice to not worry about dying on a scooter...

 

But on the plus side, it's only 50k baht. Everything is super cheap to fix as well.

 

PM me if anyone is interested

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On 03/04/2017 at 1:06 PM, billd766 said:

 

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.

It makes no difference where the OP wants to use a car, there is no such thing in Chiang Mai as a super cheap car in reasonable running condition. Any second hand car under 200000 baht will either require a complete restoration job or only fit for the scrapyard. There are also other factors involved. Many of the older cars where designed to use 95 petrol which is slowly being phased out and also spare parts maybe unavailable.

 

The OP would be better off buying a motorbike if budget is a problem.

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On 03/04/2017 at 11:03 AM, 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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Yep, I'm mad. I also bought a car I'm very happy with.

If you can't guage a car's quality, and it is relatively simple, then buy a new one or find some one to guide you.

Despite what some may say many Thais care for their cars and keep them in excellent condition.

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28 minutes ago, Saan said:

Despite what some may say many Thais care for their cars and keep them in excellent condition.

This has been my experience also. To most people a car is a serious investment, and they take care of it as best they can. Of course, lack of a motoring heritage counts against them, but many are learning quickly, and the younger generation who grew up with cars have this down pat. Would much rather have a local mechanic work on my car - I know a few good ones - that get bent over like in the west, where the going rate for shops now is $120 per hour.

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On 4/14/2017 at 4:07 PM, Konini said:

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?

The great unloading happened about a hear after purchases of the cars. Since that rebate happened many years ago, the effects of it on pricing are by now pretty subdued.

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One of the reasons that you don't see flea markets and garage sales here is that if an item has good value left in it, it will go to a family member, either as a gift or inexpensive purchase. If it is a piece of junk and nobody wants it, then it will be sold outside of the family...

 

Would you be better off renting? Or hiring a taxi? If not that often. 

 

I have seen friends more often than not have to invest lots into poorly represented used cars... 

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I would do the same thing , if you only want a car for short rides, you can get one in ok condition for 50k . Anything to avoid riding motorbikes if you ask me.     

 

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On 4/15/2017 at 5:55 PM, Saan said:

Yep, I'm mad. I also bought a car I'm very happy with.

If you can't guage a car's quality, and it is relatively simple, then buy a new one or find some one to guide you.

Despite what some may say many Thais care for their cars and keep them in excellent condition.

I'm barking mad, too. Bought a spotless july 2014 Escape from a bangkok dealer. 510,000 THB. Still under warrantly, as only 50,000 km. Cost me 2,000 thb to have Ford do a service.

I am selling my 2005 Escape, one farang owner, 251,000km,  lpg. asking 170,000 thb.

buyers tips:

- If you check the service and insurance records of the cheap car you want to buy, you CAN buy a good deal.

- iflpg, the owners book must show a 5 year lpg registration (and the colour, btw) ; 

- insist on a service by the manufacturers's service centre.

as someone said, it's not exactly rocket science, is it?

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