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    ^^ And the above is issued by the Transport Department. Por Ror Bor is not. It is issued by an insurance company or their agents.

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    my 2 satang is to get a 2nd hand car from the owner...don't go to a used car sales place.

    it will take some looking and maybe a trip or two to another town...but if you have 200k as the top price, then you need to poke around.

    ...and also consider the cost of repairing things you didn't notice before you bought it.

    you can indeed get a driveable car. consider small things minor (sorry this is obvious) and take the cheapest car with the strongest motor, suspension, and transmission. everything else can be replaced at a decent price.

    also, if your wife is from there, ask mechanics and other folks. you might be able to get a car that has had one RESPONSIBLE owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    go check out Toyota Sure.
    i wonder if that's a good bet in his price range.

    over 500k, id say those thoroughly inspected cars are a good bet.

    they have to make their money...and they do. but for 150k-200k...well, i would think the pickings would be quite slim. (the page doesnt load for me, so i didnt check it). but having owned a couple of cars in LOS- one used- i would say that a used car salesman can be every bit as dishonest as any individual. ...just be sure to take it to a TRUSTED mechanic and have them spend an hour going over it. well worth the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017
    It goes without saying that the lower the mileage the better.
    does it fuck, loads of those dealerships turn back the clocks

    as for Fiesta as mentioned by Jim, i was gonna get one for the missus until i read all about the gearbox problems

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    i'm seeing an increase in the number of pensioner falangs tootling around on these three wheeler sidecar jobs, with the missus reclining comfortably in the sidecar.

    some of them are rigged up with a shade over the driver and sidecar.

    for local tootling in a rural or semi rural area they look ideal for the motorist on a budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post

    does it fuck, loads of those dealerships turn back the clocks

    as for Fiesta as mentioned by Jim, i was gonna get one for the missus until i read all about the gearbox problems

    That's right Dill,

    One cannot trust a Thai Car dealing monkey as far as you could throw him.

    New cars are piss cheap here so the Farang peasant should just flash the cash for one Eh.

    Toyota Yaris is available to the cheap arse farang pleb.

    They give em away for free.

    Great runner by the way.
    Stroller is a Yerman faggot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    And the above is issued by the Transport Department. Por Ror Bor is not. It is issued by an insurance company or their agents.
    My sincere apology Neverna. You are correct I am wrong. And have been wrong in my understanding for many years now.

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    No ploplem.

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    $$$ 4 $$$
    Toyota v Isuzu pickup.
    Unless you can buy a diesel Isuzu, Toyota is supreme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017
    It goes without saying that the lower the mileage the better.
    does it fuck, loads of those dealerships turn back the clocks
    I'm sure many of them do, but if you can confirm that the mileage is genuine by cross referencing with the service book and amount of owners it's had then obviously it's better than something with 10 owners and a shed load of miles. Much easier to do if you're buying it privately from the original owner of course. And I'm sure Thai 2nd hand car dealers are no more shady than western ones anyway. Wouldn't be possible!

    Reminds me of a story when I went to see a Jamaican mechanic in Kilburn who we bought and sold cars with back in the 90's. He was busy changing the whole dash console to, in his own words "Give it an 'ickle haircut, mek it look younga!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post


    i'm seeing an increase in the number of pensioner falangs tootling around on these three wheeler sidecar jobs, with the missus reclining comfortably in the sidecar.

    some of them are rigged up with a shade over the driver and sidecar.

    for local tootling in a rural or semi rural area they look ideal for the motorist on a budget.

    Much more practical - especially upcountry.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Albert Shagnasty2017
    It goes without saying that the lower the mileage the better.
    does it fuck, loads of those dealerships turn back the clocks
    I'm sure many of them do, but if you can confirm that the mileage is genuine by cross referencing with the service book and amount of owners it's had then obviously it's better than something with 10 owners and a shed load of miles. Much easier to do if you're buying it privately from the original owner of course. And I'm sure Thai 2nd hand car dealers are no more shady than western ones anyway. Wouldn't be possible!

    Reminds me of a story when I went to see a Jamaican mechanic in Kilburn who we bought and sold cars with back in the 90's. He was busy changing the whole dash console to, in his own words "Give it an 'ickle haircut, mek it look younga!"
    Chances are less that you'll find folks keeping service records/books, in reference to purchasing/selling used vehicles here, Shaggy...

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    My first car purchase was from an Irish expat who lived in Bangkok. It was an older Nissan diesel pick up with low milage and when I asked him if the odometer was correct, he stated he was only using it on weekends and no longer wanted to drive it due to all the traffic and crazy drivers. I half believed him and wound up paying him 250,000 baht for it back in 2005. I ultimately gave it to my BIL for being the foreman on our house build and doing several other projects. He still has it and it is running strong.

    One never knows the true condition of any car and just like in our homelands, one must complete their due diligence before purchasing any high priced item.

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    Do they modify the pick ups for disabled.?

    Quote Originally Posted by John Lennon View Post
    $$$ 4 $$$
    Toyota v Isuzu pickup.
    Unless you can buy a diesel Isuzu, Toyota is supreme.

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    More than likely, so you should be okay.

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    You can get burnt on any used car
    I have gone back to a Lexus again in the UK
    Not the best looking or the best to drive / economical
    But if you buy an ok one they never let you down
    I've also got a diesel mondeo with a tow bar that has been a fuckin nightmare only 62000 miles on the clock
    My mate whose a taxi driver has done 260000miles with some small repairs here and there
    Sometimes you can just buy a dog

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    I'm surprised your'e not disabled with all the LDL cholesterol you consume...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobs
    You can get burnt on any used car
    or you can drive your little kids around on a motorbike in thailand.


    go with the 2nd hand car. but make sure you check it out so that while on a tight budget, you dont bloat that with repairs.

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    OK, we bought this about 18 months ago.


    Don't worry ... the license plate been changed

    300k on the clock. Diesel motor replaced with a LPG Gas one.

    Paid circa BHT 165,000 ... outer Bangkok.

    Bought it sight unseen ... but the FiL went with his 2 mechanic friends and gave it the


    Personally, I'm not a 'Truck' fan ... but the approach road to where we live is often flooded and rough as guts and it's the car for the job. 2WD, but high clearance.


    But FatOne ... I do have a couple of questions, if that's OK?

    They're personal.

    Something I don't understand ...

    3 years ago ...

    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    Hi All,

    I'm finally getting ready to build, after countless hours of reading TD as a guest and picking up ideas my darling wife , Kung has designed a home for us to retire to when I'm able to get the pension - in about 4 years, and use as a holiday home until then. We are building WAAAY up north in Isaan, in a little village called Namjan about 25 mins out of Seka in the Bung Khan province. This is where Kung comes from and should be nice and quiet.
    You've been slaving your guts out to retire with a little, and I mean little coin.
    You built a place in the sticks in Thailand, then, 3 weeks ago ... this bombshell ...

    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    It's probably all irrelevant now, my wife and I have had a split. She says I can use the house and live there but I can't bring any girls there!!! We are still on good terms but I doubt that I will live there now, I am thinking more about going to live in Udon Thani and finding someone there.
    Somehow, in that 3 weeks, and I don't think you've been back to Thailand and now you have ...

    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    Hi All,

    I will be going to live in Udon Thani with my GF and 2 young kids.
    Have you committed to a lady, you haven't met yet, who has 2 sprogs in tow?

    You met on line, haven't met in person, and now there is the feeling of a relationship and commitment?

    A couple of weeks ago ...

    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    Thanks for the replies - yeah bummer, but life's like that isn't it. I hope to be getting a pension soon, and that will give me enough income to live comfortably in LOS. Looking at a few blogs on Udon Thani I can rent a nice house for about 8kb a month, I reckon it won't be hard to find a nice bird to live with me and there are lot's of great farang bars and restaurants there. I reckon I'll be ok.
    So you married a Thai woman, paid for the house near where she is, just got it finished, and she calls the relationship off. You got no coin to speak of.
    No house.
    You're still married to Thai woman # 1.
    You've met a girl on line, never met her (though I bet you claim you have skyed each other and it's true love) and mentally moved in with her.
    Going to be living on a pension.
    Want to buy a cheap set of wheels.

    WHY ... because she needs them?

    FFS ... go buy a Honda Wave and be done with it.


    SERIOUSLY ?

    Mate, you don't need Car Advice ... you need Relationship Advice.

    All, of course, IMHO

    Please feel free to correct any of my outrageous assumptions.

    Carry on ...

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    165k for THAT? what a freaking deal!


    300k kms is a lot, but still. thats a fucking deal and a half

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    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum View Post
    165k for THAT? what a freaking deal!


    300k kms is a lot, but still. thats a fucking deal and a half
    Yeh ... we're happy.

    I reckon though, the torque convertor is on the way out ... there's a noticeable 'shudder' while under load ... but it's fine for normal driving.

    That beast is a dime a dozen here and replacing the TC with a decent 2nd hand one I reckon won't break the bank.

    Twelve months later, the tyres are sweet, no hint of shockies needing replacement, ball joints, wheel alignments, R n P steering, while tardy, is fine and the tyres are at maybe 60 - 70%. The alloys have no scrapes and, apparently, it was a 1 owner from new.

    The FiL has also bought a spare wheel and sprayed that god awefull, but usefull oil to the undercarriage and, in fine tradition, has put it, the oil, through the doors so that the bottoms don't rust out.

    He didn't mention it (the oil coating), but you can see the slight stains on the front and rear running boards.

    Changed the oil and filter ... hasn't asked for a santang ...

    Sometimes you get lucky in Thailand.

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    considering how much those are, new, putting in a 100k to get it prim and proper is still a good deal.

    though, the bumpy backroads takes a few lives off of that kitty

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    Slow down you move too fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi
    More than likely, so you should be okay.
    I don't think robot drivers are available here yet for the mentally disabled

    Quote Originally Posted by stfranalum
    300k kms is a lot
    unless the engine has been replaced

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    300k on the clock. Diesel motor replaced with a LPG Gas one
    or was it converted to gas by just changing the head ? though I think the rings and valves also need to be changed

    as long as the body is still good and the frame has not been fcuked - being a 4 door and if the canopy is from as new it is unlikely that somchai put 2 tonne in the back

    a reconditioned diesel or jap import swap would not be too expensive if the current one craps out

    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD
    the torque convertor is on the way out
    an automatic ? again - if the body and running gear are ok , still not to expensive to fix - though if you are not using it yourself continiously , why bother to spend too much money on it

    the price you paid originally was quite good

    though you did not specify the most important part - is the aircond up to scratch

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