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Boring in Oz, brush cutting, lawns mown, trees and hedges trimmed and house cleaned,,,,,,, 6 weeks before I go back to work, to relieve the boredom I'm back to PH. for 5 weeks to play there. Much more fun and plenty to get my teeth into.
We have hired a car for 3 months initially and for the last 6 weeks have been trying to buy a small run around like a Vios etc as the rainy season is coming which is not much fun on motorbikes and it's costing us PHP 30K a month to hire the car here. Talk about frustrating, most of the cars for sale have not been advertised correctly and there are plenty of scams and then some. Very different to Aussie standards and protocols,,,,,, yes still learning.

We are looking for something up to PHP 500K, Later model say 2012 to 2017 for a run around until I retire (lol for the second time) Christmas 2019 and finally settle in our house there. We missed one that was for sale with Mogo51 earlier this year as he and his wife moved back to Oz and I was not quick enough.
Do any of the members have any suggestions where to look aside from google/FB in the La Union area or even as far as Manila?
Looking forward to being back on Saturday.

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Guess I should have checked the forum before I messaged you. Good to hear you are back,even if just temporarily.

If it were me,I'd just get a Multicab.Cheap to buy and maintain,but you have to be really careful,as they offer virtually no protection in the event of an accident.For you,you'd only have to be on the hiway till you got to the diversion road if heading into San Fernando anyway.Just mind your p's and q's,and give everything a wide berth.

Might also suggest bank repo's.Only problem is that they figure that they ought to be able to get high book for them,but that is pretty typical mind set anyway. Lol

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Guess I should have checked the forum before I messaged you. Good to hear you are back,even if just temporarily.

If it were me,I'd just get a Multicab.Cheap to buy and maintain,but you have to be really careful,as they offer virtually no protection in the event of an accident.For you,you'd only have to be on the hiway till you got to the diversion road if heading into San Fernando anyway.Just mind your p's and q's,and give everything a wide berth.

Might also suggest bank repo's.Only problem is that they figure that they ought to be able to get high book for them,but that is pretty typical mind set anyway. Lol

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Well firstly welcome back Ted, thanks for taking the time to reply to my post. Funny, when you meet people there seems to be an affinity and eventually touch base or continue to catch up, stay onboard and contribute. Multi cab one wonders? Not for us, recently 8 out of the 10 were killed in an accident with a truck only a month ago on the highway not 10kms from our house, tore the whole side out of the multi cab out and most that were within, god rest their souls. Probably makes no difference the vehicle but for us prefer a sedan and the other drivers to be vigilant as we are.

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Well firstly welcome back Ted, thanks for taking the time to reply to my post. Funny, when you meet people there seems to be an affinity and eventually touch base or continue to catch up, stay onboard and contribute. Multi cab one wonders? Not for us, recently 8 out of the 10 were killed in an accident with a truck only a month ago on the highway not 10kms from our house, tore the whole side out of the multi cab out and most that were within, god rest their souls. Probably makes no difference the vehicle but for us prefer a sedan and the other drivers to be vigilant as we are.

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You are right Steve.Sometimes you are just lucky enough to meet people you just immediately like and are comfortable with.It is a natural progression from there,to know that life is treating them well,and to be able to keep in contact.The internet can be both blessing,and curse.

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Admittedly,MultiCabs aren't the safest vehicle on the roads,but there is an inherent danger in all modes of transportation in the PI.The other negative (in addition to the obvious) is there is no place to keep anything protected in the back unless a shell of some sort is fabricated.I don't advocate the use of Multis for long distance,but for short hops and utility,they can fill a need quite well.From your place to "downtown" Bacnotan for instance.

The wife would shudder everytime I would suggest getting one,and she is normally tolerant of my off-kilter ideas.That is the reason I never bought one.(and may be the reason I am still alive) The other hard part is buying a used vehicle.I had the opportunity to visit a body shop for advice on a minore detail with the nephews car.While there I saw a Toyota that has been sideswiped the entire left side.The mechanico said that the other side that they had already repaired as worse.I looked at the other side and could not tell.At that precise point in time,I decided to never buy a used car in the PI.


You might notice that I never did get a Multicab.The wife would turn up her nose at the mere mention of buying one.I liked the idea of putting the dog in the back and heading to the beach for a good walk,but he turned out to be belligerent around other dogs,and having to keep him on a leash troubled me.

Who's rambling now? Ha ha.

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You are right Steve.Sometimes you are just lucky enough to meet people you just immediately like and are comfortable with.It is a natural progression from there,to know that life is treating them well,and to be able to keep in contact.The internet can be both blessing,and curse.

Multis:

Admittedly,MultiCabs aren't the safest vehicle on the roads,but there is an inherent danger in all modes of transportation in the PI.The other negative (in addition to the obvious) is there is no place to keep anything protected in the back unless a shell of some sort is fabricated.I don't advocate the use of Multis for long distance,but for short hops and utility,they can fill a need quite well.From your place to "downtown" Bacnotan for instance.

The wife would shudder everytime I would suggest getting one,and she is normally tolerant of my off-kilter ideas.That is the reason I never bought one.(and may be the reason I am still alive) The other hard part is buying a used vehicle.I had the opportunity to visit a body shop for advice on a minore detail with the nephews car.While there I saw a Toyota that has been sideswiped the entire left side.The mechanico said that the other side that they had already repaired as worse.I looked at the other side and could not tell.At that precise point in time,I decided to never buy a used car in the PI.


You might notice that I never did get a Multicab.The wife would turn up her nose at the mere mention of buying one.I liked the idea of putting the dog in the back and heading to the beach for a good walk,but he turned out to be belligerent around other dogs,and having to keep him on a leash troubled me.

Who's rambling now? Ha ha.

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Well said Ted, for me buying a second hand set of wheels is turning, not the corner but into a nightmare and we are now considering new.
While I am not aggressive nor antagonistic and wish to put disputes to bed ASAP Ben does keep me on a lead and I'm glad he does, young head on old shoulders etc.

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Welcome back to Paradise (and the sometimes nightmare) Steve. Hope all goes well. Good thread and looking forward to more replies/advice, as well as hearing how your vehicle search plays out, as I've lot to learn and learning from all as I go. Sorry to hear Mogo left, as he seemed a great source of info at times as well. Far as driving there, I'll never forget my first month there living in 90's and a friend lent me his imported Jeep Wrangler rag top while he was back to US for a month and I was waiting for my car to arrive. First week, backing out of a place in Baretto outside Subic, in my own lane mind you, Jeepney took off the rear corner of the jeep passing everyone running down the road. Stupid me then stops thinking, hey! it's an accident...almost everyone in US stops, cops are called, insurance, etc. Of course, he just kept on a truckin' up the road. Luckily was able to get repairs done reasonably and looked brand new, which I only did after owner friend said to. Anyway, if I'd been in a multi, I'd have been toast I'm pretty sure. Never had another accident after that over several years. Learned real quick the "rules of the road".....There are none! Before I had arrived there, we had couple Agents killed by a Victory Liner running down the road passing everyone and hit them head on in their little subcompact, literally took top of the car and their heads off. So, stay safe and vigilant! Good luck on the car search.

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Steve, what are some of the scams they're trying to pull there with used cars nowadays? The last Honda I bought was right around Typhoon Ondoy back in 2009 and luckily the one I ended up buying I had inspected right before the typhoon hit and I ended up buying it just a few days later after checking for flood damage. I happened to go by that lot a week or two later and there were dozens of cars all being "aired out" after having been flooded.
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Clocking also seems to be widely practised. Don't know how they do the electronic speedos but they look to have cracked it.
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Toyota has a certified used car program here. It is newer used vehicles so might be more than the target but at least you have an established company selling it, not some guy with a hand lettered sign.

New Wigo start at just under 560k p. Not much car for not much money, low power and low ground clearance. Three cylinder engine and only 14 in wheels. Would be OK in a town or place with OK roads and not many hills.

Not sure what the other companies offer, I would expect similar offerings from Nissan, Honda et al.

When I am ready to buy here it will most likely be Toyota because of good past expedience with them and lots of dealers around.
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Toyota has a certified used car program here. It is newer used vehicles so might be more than the target but at least you have an established company selling it, not some guy with a hand lettered sign.

New Wigo start at just under 560k p. Not much car for not much money, low power and low ground clearance. Three cylinder engine and only 14 in wheels. Would be OK in a town or place with OK roads and not many hills.

Not sure what the other companies offer, I would expect similar offerings from Nissan, Honda et al.

When I am ready to buy here it will most likely be Toyota because of good past expedience with them and lots of dealers around.
I didn't realize how low the price on some of these cars were... But the Wigo is a nice looking car. I think the suspension would go through allot of torture but if I had to pick between one of those 3 wheeled units at half the price and the Wigo I'd pick the Wigo.
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