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    Buying a cheap 2nd hand car

    Hi All,

    I will be going to live in Udon Thani with my GF and 2 young kids. I'm going to need to get some sort of vehicle but won't have a lot of money. Looking at Craigs list I should be able to pick up something serviceable for between 150k and 200k baht, although they're all in Bangkok, but I assume prices won't differ too much.
    So my question to anyone who can help is - what are the things to know about buying a 2nd hand car in LOS? I've bought many 2nd hand cars in Oz, and always been lucky. But I notice on some adds they talk about tax paid until certain dates - is that like registration? And insurance to a certain date - here the person is insured and there are 3 types - comprehensive which pays for any repairs or loss after a small (or large) initial fee is paid, 3rd party property fire and theft, which pays for theft, fire or just the other persons car if you hit someone, and just straight 3rd party which only pays for the other persons car in an accident. All have excess payments and the higher the excess the lower the fee. But the owner takes out insurance and it's not transferrable to the next owner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne View Post
    I notice on some adds they talk about tax paid until certain dates - is that like registration?
    Road tax probably. It is annual. Look at the tax disc stuck on the front windscreen.

    It looks like this...


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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne
    what are the things to know about buying a 2nd hand car in LOS?
    They're overpriced and have been badly looked after. Buy a new one instead.

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    Best prices I recon
    Ferangs seem to overprice everything but they may be serviced better
    Taladrod is good , it's in Thai but it's easy to follow I've had a couple of cars off it
    As long as you have a basic idea you should be ok
    Good luck

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    Don't forget some of these dotted around the car. They may be preferred over insurance.


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    Go look along the Nong Khai highway leaving Udon. There is a plethora of second hand cars on both sides of the highway, so it should be easy to find what you are looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne
    Looking at Craigs list
    A load of shysters on there, dont send any money up front whatever you do.

    BUY NEW is the best way in Thailand especially with ghe way the second hand market is set up. You'll be buying an old banger thats not worth its weight in scrap back home.Take someone who knows about cars with youif you have to go that route.

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    ^ I'd say you where right a few years ago Dill
    But that tax scheme is coming into play now where you can sell the car after 5 years without paying the tax back
    There's some 2nd hand bargains of you look

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbobs
    There's some 2nd hand bargains if you look
    Not for between 150,000 and 200,000 as the op wants

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    I'd certainly buy new nowadays but didn't 10 years ago and didn't do badly. We picked up a very old Hilux Mighty X and it's been brilliant.
    Replaced the clutch in the first 6 months, and we've had it serviced regularly by a local in the village who now treats it as his own.

    It had 250,000 km when we got it and given that the odometer has never worked I've no idea what the mileage is now.

    It's a tractor and just runs and runs.

    2 windows, so no need for aircon.

    It'll cruise quite happily at 120 down to CM or the like and regardless of offers we've received we'll keep it.

    Ah, I forgot, we got a respray job and a new tail gate for 10,000 last years and 2 new seat covers for 2,500 6 months ago.

    I love it.

    So, my point is, if you're happy with "rustic" and your partner can live with the shame of an an old truck you might find some economical and reliable vehicles out there.

    If memory serves we paid a little over 100k for it.




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    Thanks guys. I don't think finances will run to a new car, I'll be on a 10k baht a week pension so finance is out! Thanks Crackers, I thought it must be the rego.

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    By the way I'm a big top gear fan so I've seen that clip and as with all their stuff, bloody funny. I will be looking out for a 4 door ute or small car that's cheap to run. The ones I was looking at in Bangkok were nearly all converted to gas, is that worthwhile? Is it readily available in the country, I hope to do some exploring.

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    Ford Fiesta 4 Door 1.4 Automatic Year 2012
    1st Class insurance till November 2017, Taxed 1 year
    BLUE book in hand, PATTAYA Registered for easy transfer.
    ONE Owner from new, 104,200 kms
    Fully documented Service History from FORD Main Dealers
    Good condition, recent new tyres, drives great
    Airbags, Anti-Lock (ABS)Brakes,
    Radio/CD-MP3 Player, Central locking with remote Key Fob,
    Electric Mirrors and windows,
    Price 240,000 baht…Or Near Offer
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    Make him an offer 2012 fiesta
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    Thanks Jimbobs, won't be in the market until I come over later in the year. That one looks pretty cool, where did you find that?

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    Fat one look up the re-possessed cars and auctions you may get good deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickschoppers View Post
    Go look along the Nong Khai highway leaving Udon. There is a plethora of second hand cars on both sides of the highway, so it should be easy to find what you are looking for.
    Almost certain.
    One can find numerous "used vehicle lots" [for a better term] within any provincial centre/populated city - very common today.

    Take a knowledgeable Thai along.
    Variables will exist in every instance.

    Caveat emptor.
    Take your chances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    Look at the tax disc stuck on the front windscreen. It looks like this...


    Edit: I deleted wrong information. I apologise.
    Last edited by Pragmatic; 19-02-2017 at 08:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne
    The ones I was looking at in Bangkok were nearly all converted to gas, is that worthwhile? Is it readily available in the country, I hope to do some exploring.
    You're more likely to get LPG in the rural areas. In Bangkok it's CNG. CNG garages are few and far between outside of Bangkok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by FatOne
    The ones I was looking at in Bangkok were nearly all converted to gas, is that worthwhile? Is it readily available in the country, I hope to do some exploring.
    You're more likely to get LPG in the rural areas. In Bangkok it's CNG. CNG garages are few and far between outside of Bangkok.
    Yep...

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    I'd leave LPG until I've got myself settled, mate.

    Just get yourself a simple truck.

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    If buying used, don't go for a private sale, go check out Toyota Sure.

    There are two in Udon.

    Toyota Sure

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    Another place to look that's in English, even if it's just to compare prices, is bahtsold.com

    A good website with cheaper "Thai" prices is kaidee.com it's in Thai though so once you know what model you're after get your missus to have a look on there and pull up a few options.

    It goes without saying that the lower the mileage the better.

    Happy hunting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    Look at the tax disc stuck on the front windscreen. It looks like this...


    Neverna that is a picture of the Por Ror Bor insurance
    No it isn't. It is a tax 'disc'. The Por Ror Bor looks nothing like that.

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    ^^ Believe it or not, some foreigners do read Thai.

    Here's the kaidee page for Udon Thani, price range 100k-200k.

    Kaidee || ????????????? ?????? ???????????????

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