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    Price for a used scooter in Isaan?

    Anyone living there can give me an idea what a decent used automatic scooter with electric start might cost? Going to buy the wife one soon. I was thinking maybe $500 usd or about 17,600 baht?

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    You can buy a top end brand new one for 3000 baht a month for 3 years.

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    ^ 108,000 for a scooter? Are you nuts?

    ^^ Fredwiggy, for the sake of an extra $500 I would just buy a new one. It will be better in the long run.

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    Just have about $600 usd to spare

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    That included a helmet as well

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    Plenty of Thais uncouple the odometer after about 12k km. Helps the resale value for them.

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    Yeah cos that never happens in the UK

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    Bought a new wave $1200 aud
    Second hand nearly as dear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    Yeah cos that never happens in the UK
    It's not called clocking any more.

    Gone are the good old days when a screwdriver could wipe 100,000 miles of the clock.

    Now it's called "mileage readjustment" and requires some technical stuff, that's the easy part because the "readjusters" get caught out on the service history.

    Don't suppose service histories are that important in Thailand..

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    Thanks. I found the Craigslist one. Just couldn't find any in Sisaket. I did see a ton of shops around while I was there, so I'll stop by and check them out next week, when I go back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    Yeah cos that never happens in the UK
    It's not called clocking any more.
    We used to say,

    "Give it a little haircut - make it look younger"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dapper View Post
    Yeah cos that never happens in the UK
    It's not called clocking any more.

    Gone are the good old days when a screwdriver could wipe 100,000 miles of the clock.

    Now it's called "mileage readjustment" and requires some technical stuff, that's the easy part because the "readjusters" get caught out on the service history.

    Don't suppose service histories are that important in Thailand..
    Or you can just drive it backwards every 3rd day.

    Bit tricky on a scooter mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    That included a helmet as well
    That reminds me of a story (only told it 3 or 4 times on here... Dilly loves me stories...).

    Abouuuuuuut 10 years ago, I bought 3 new Honda scooters from a large dealer in Saraburi; 35,000 each, didn't ask for a discount because a Thai was paying... The dealership, ever keen to get the deal offered 3 free helmets (about 200 baht each) and 3 free front baskets (about 100 baht each) on the sale. Come collection day, cash paid, no helmets and no baskets - the fukin Thais refused to give them and were asking for the full monies (900 baht ffs) to be paid, even though they'd just gotten 105,000 baht cash, and no discount asked for or given. Cnuts... Thais are cnuts... FreddyLad, I suspect you will find this out the hard way... FreddyLad, do not, DO NOT, NOT, NOT, NOT, use up all your money in Thailand because you will likely lose ever dollar you bring into the country!
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    When anyone moves there and wants to stay, they do use every dollar they have, or leave it when they pass to family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Or you can just drive it backwards every 3rd day. Bit tricky on a scooter mind!
    Give it to a Thai. They're good at doing everything backwards.

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    Rule 1.8

    Quote Originally Posted by fredwiggy View Post
    Anyone living there can give me an idea what a decent used automatic scooter with electric start might cost? Going to buy the wife one soon. I was thinking maybe $500 usd or about 17,600 baht?

    Rule 1.8 : Thais don't like second hand vehicles.
    1.8-a : Particularly if you are buying one for a wife.
    Reasoning : How would one know that the vehicle didn't / doesn't have a ghost...that's going to be another B 2,000 - 5,000 to the saffron robes for 'spirit check' and/ or end up as a possible sale of said vehicle at 25%.

    Ask your wife what her thoughts on that subject are in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredwiggy
    When anyone moves there and wants to stay, they do use every dollar they have, or leave it when they pass to family.
    No, sensible folk don't.

    The point is, Thais are unusual folk from a different culture with different 'norms', so even though you think you're loved and will be appreciated, you may find this becoming less and less true over time. Now, another 'interesting' Thai characteristic is their belief that they have rights to own everything that is yours. The house you are building; it is theirs already. The motorbike and car; it is theirs already. Even money in your bank; it is theirs. They've even calculated every baht you will earn every month and that's theirs too... When things go pearshapped and you decide to leave and/or are kicked out, things that you thought were yours and you'd like to get monies back from the investment, well it's theirs and you won't be getting any monies back...

    Imagine, in 2 years time or 5 years time (more likely 6 months time...) that you will be leaving Thailand with nothing in your pockets, every baht you are putting in now has gone: how will that work out for you?

    Enjoy...

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    I would be Very, very cautious buying any vehicle that had been pre-owned by a Thai, they appear to consider making a load noise the most important thing with their vehicles, a long way down the list is actually looking after them, servicing etc.

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    Back to the bike, I'd look for a cheapish secondhand one because you've said the family is very large thus there's a fair chance that motorbike will be off to a cousin on aunt or somebody pretty soon. Or somebody will borrow it, fuk it up or lose it and have no money to fix that - when you get upset, you'll feel the full force of the family who will always club together to support their own over you; just sayin...

    But, as stated by others, you'll have to be very careful when purchasing.

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    Fredw, why would you be asking about motorbike prices here, sure if you were looking at big bike, maybe, but Honda wave etc that's local bread and butter stuff.
    Your GF should have no trouble finding a used bike in your village, area. there every where, just make sure you get the green book.

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    Oi Fred - over 'ere, Bud.

    Don't tell no one yeh, but I've got this luvvley little Wave in at the mo - good as new, she is. 'Ere, I've even reset the mileage for ya.

    Four fousand bahts to you, Fred. Get ya cheque book art then, son.



    You can get a reasonable second hand Honda Wave (the Mercedes Benz of mopeds) for between 15-20k, but in the long run it's probably worthwhile shelling out the extra for a new model. They last forever. I've ridden mine the equivalent of four times around the world.

    And ignore the big Booby.

    Although he's largely speaking the truth.

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    He wants an automatic. With electric starter. It's not like there is a shortage, even with those demands. No shortage of bike repair/service shops either.
    GF had a nice new airblade once. Until the family got their hands on it ........

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    This for sale. Not far from Sisaket.



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