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Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:22 pm

I need to have a rant somewhere and this is it.

I am shocked by just how cheap the Cheap Charlies are in Thailand. I am selling my Audi A4 V6 for a rock bottom price. I've advertised it as "Offers over 200,000 Baht."
It has just been serviced, has new tyres, 1st class comprehensive insurance, a tax disc valid for another 11 months, etcetera, etcetera.
Every time after a viewing I hear, after a long spiel as if I were some kind of dodgy used car salesman, "It needs some work".
Well OF COURSE it does, it's 14 years old!! When I ask if they're still interested, they are, but need it to be well under 200,000 Baht because they might need to spend 20,000 on it. :roll:

For 200,000 Baht in Thailand if you're lucky you can buy a 20 year old Corolla or 30 year old Camry with questionable bodywork and mechanics. This car is sound and in very good condition.
I am fed up with these farang and their need for everything to be at a rock bottom price. I am not giving the car away and I don't need the money so I've decided to give the car to the dogs for them to play in.

Rant over.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby Makmak456 » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:57 pm

Well set the price at 400K and then come down to 300K
you get 100K more the CC thinks he got a bargin :)
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:12 pm

Makmak456 wrote:Well set the price at 400K and then come down to 300K
you get 100K more the CC thinks he got a bargin :)

You might have something there.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby jazzman » Fri Jun 01, 2012 5:56 pm

The Thai used vehicle market is interesting. Cars keep their value enormously and a 10-year-old car will sell for at least half it's new price - and that's why for my first car here I decided to add just the couple of 100k ฿ more and buy a new one. What I don't understand is: where do all the used cars go? There's hardly a car on the roads now of the kind that were common when I came to hailand. The Thai vehicle park always looks very new, even in traditionally poor rural areas. None of the old bangers one sees on the roads in Europe.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:12 pm

jazzman wrote:Cars keep their value enormously and a 10-year-old car will sell for at least half it's new price

I know and that's why I'm buying new again. I started by looking at pickups and the best I found was an 8 year-old HiLux for 460,000 Baht!
I decided to add 100,000 Baht and get a new top of the range Suzuki.
The Audi, if one looks at the used car market here, should still fetch around 1 million because it cost 4.5 million if I'm not mistaken.
I bought it from the first owner when it was just 9 years old for 320,000 Baht and he had been trying to sell it for almost a year.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby Makmak456 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:21 am

I think , after reading some info here, it is TOO CHEAP, so something must be wrong with it.
Give it a wash and wax, seems to be more important, than actual mech detail and jack it up to 699K TBH
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:19 am

Makmak456 wrote:Give it a wash and wax, seems to be more important, than actual mech detail and jack it up to 699K TBH

I had it detailed for 210 Baht and it looked great, but I got tired of having it done every time someone looked at it so this last time even though I apologised for how dirty it was, the guy kept on about it.
I finally said "For 200,000 Baht I'll throw in a 210 Baht detailing for free". He didn't quite get the humour, he's a Brit (with a Russian wife as he kept on telling me).
I changed the ad to reflect my feelings as in my first post here and I already have another one interested, an Ozzie. Viewing at 9 today.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby Makmak456 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 11:13 am

If I had a spare 200K I would come look, but as just started my build ...........
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Sat Jun 02, 2012 12:39 pm

fredlk wrote:I changed the ad to reflect my feelings as in my first post here and I already have another one interested, an Ozzie. Viewing at 9 today.

Sold!
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby MGV12 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 2:46 pm

fredlk wrote:
fredlk wrote:I changed the ad to reflect my feelings as in my first post here and I already have another one interested, an Ozzie. Viewing at 9 today.

Sold!


Good news unless you have four paws. :cry:

Not sure I will ever adjust to the price of pre-owned motors here ... when I think of how much less that [excellent] car would fetch at auction in the UK; where the minimum wage is eight times higher!

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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby jazzman » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:15 pm

Last week my father (93) got rid of his state-of-the-art 15 year old Citröen ZX, with only 30,000 miles on the clock, to buy something with an automatic gearbox. It still looked almost brand new but no one would take it in part exchange and he practically had to give it away. Still, Malvern is one of those places where people park their Volvos and Defenders with an empty horsebox on the Waitrose carpark when they go shopping, and where you have to wait at the check out while the woolly skirts and 'Hello Dahlings' haggle over the cost of Earl Grey tea.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:58 pm

MGV12 wrote:Good news unless you have four paws. :cry:

The poor things, but I also felt sad seeing the car go and now parked in someone else's driveway. While I was emptying it here, Eddy went and sat in it and gave me a look that will make me feel guilty for a long time to come. I have hired a Toyota Vios to use for the next couple of months until I get the new car and the dogs are not impressed. They find the plastics hard and slippery and the wing mirrors oversized.

Note to self: remember to have car vacuumed before returning it in order to save huge loss of face.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby Makmak456 » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:28 pm

so, what did you get for it ?
Drove it for how many years
bought for.................
sold for....................
net loss/gain
devided by years........
net cost per year.......
:)
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby fredlk » Sun Jun 03, 2012 5:05 am

Makmak456 wrote:so, what did you get for it ?

200,000 Baht.
Makmak456 wrote:Drove it for how many years

5.
Makmak456 wrote:bought for.................

320,000 baht.
Makmak456 wrote:devided by years........
net cost per year.......

You can work that one out yourself. Cheap.
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Re: Cheap Charlie rant

Postby Makmak456 » Sun Jun 03, 2012 6:13 am

Ya did good , Lad :)
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