looking to buy a car sometime in the next 6 months. ive shopped around a bit and am shocked at the prices. does anyone have experience buying a car? any loopholes, deals to be had?
If you can afford it, buy new....Really
Second hand cars here are very expensive, they may have not been properly maintained and if you buy from a dealer, you will get maybe a month's warranty if you're lucky.
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Yup...take whatever couple hundred thousands you were thinking of paying for a used heap and use that as a down payment...
Thai used car pricing doesn't follow any reasonably coherent principle that you or I may be used to...it's a turkey shoot and you're the turkey...
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the problem with new is that i HATE driving with all those insane bikers scurrying about trying to hit me. i hate having to trust anyone to do the right thing. im an isaan driver, i guess.
heard that you can do 50% down and then do payments for 2-3 yrs...is that for real? id prefer something like 25% down if i end up going new.
also, anyone have personal experience with the wee-cars like the march, photon, jazz, etc.? thats the neighborhood im thinking. the march is very popular as far as i can tell (made in the philippines?) and comes at around 400k base.
We got the 2010 Jazz...and compared to the others you mention it's light years ahead of them in the feeling you get from sitting in it and driving it...
Those others just feel like cheap plastic knockoffs of a car by comparison...you sit in some of those entry level cars and then sit in a Jazz and you'll know what I mean...
we've had the jazz for going on 2 years now and we went to look at them Suzuki Swifts as I've always liked their styling...but it just felt so cheap compared to the Jazz...
Buy new if at all possible; we did after a knowledgeable friend took us through the used car traps. We saw before and after; total wrecks rebuilt to look new, unless you knew what to look for. Death traps on 4 wheels.
Toyota has second hand dealerships now; a friend has bought twice from them and they were fine with 1 year full Toyota warranties.
But buying new is always best.
Most dealers will discount, some as much as ฿50,000 plus free goodies; box liners (for pickups) and film for sunscreen, floor mats, and first class insurance for the first year. That's another ฿10 - 20,000 off.
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We love it and it's great on long trips. Also, tax on trucks is lower than cars.
For a brand new car, most places will give a farang credit with 50% down a WP and a Thai co-signer.
I have a 3 year old Vios. No complaints.
^ When I was looking they wanted a Thai guarantor for 25% down, but didn't need one if I was willing to put down 50% (which I wasn't).
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Did you do the math and know how much you pay when you finance? Sometimes you end up paying 40% over new price.
In 2001 I bought a 1996 Isuzu pick-up for 300,000 THB. Six years and 150,000 km later I sold it, after it was submerged in flood water, for 210,000 THB.
Never had a problem with the car, all I did was change oil, replace brake pads and tires. Good deal!