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  1. A good outcome. I am a partner in a used car business in the UK (mostly a 'sleeping partner' because I usually spend half the year in Thailand but actually working at the moment due to being stuck in UK!). We have a 40-car pitch and service/MoT workshop. We work with several finance companies and typically receive 5-10% commission on a finance acceptance. We receive a higher commission if the customer pays a higher interest rate. In a typical month we would receive over £3000 commission which is enough to cover power, water, internet and waste etc bills. Its a vital income stream. In fact you could say finance customers subsidise cash buyers.... I would imagine commissions in Thailand are not dissimilar. Over 80% of cars in the UK are bought with finance, probably higher in Thailand. The last thing I want is a customer paying cash. The worst ones are the punters that turn up holding a bundle of cash expecting 20% off. Watching too many TV shows I think..... Not only will they get nothing off but we actively avoid taking physical cash (money laundering regs and risk of counterfeit notes). The car market in the UK is currently very strong and prices at an all time high. Cars are in short supply. Pent up demand following lockdown and the government has been handing out a lot of money. I do expect a downturn though, as the impact of job losses makes itself felt. There will be lots of defaults. UK and Thailand both I think...
  2. The Mazda Tribute and Ford Escape were co-developed by Ford and Mazda. They are essentially the same car, based on the Mazda 626 platform. The 3.0 engine is the Ford AJ-V6 engine. Original design by Porsche with cylinder heads by Cosworth. Its a good engine - used also by Jaguar (with VVT cams). The engine management system in your car is Ford EEC-V (Electronic Engine Control - V) - used on numerous Ford cars around this time. Many scan tool should work with it. ELM327 is merely a microcontroller chip (an Arizona Microchip PIC) that is programmed with software to convert the OBD protocol signals from your car into a format suitable for input to your PC. Interface in other words. You then need additional software on your PC (or phone etc) to interpret the OBD information. There are now many ELM327 clones out there - some better than others... One thing you need to be aware of is that Ford made various changes to the 3.0 AJ-V6 during production. Sensor locations were changed etc. Wiring may be different depending on the year of manufacture of the engine.
  3. Sheryl, couple of things.... 1. It is true that they probably make more commission from finance than from the car sale. Not only in Thailand - it is also true in UK, USA etc. So cash is definitely not always king. 2. Dealerships, and indeed salesmen, have monthly or quarterly targets to meet. If your purchase enables them to hit the target then they may give a better discount. My guess is they are way down on target right now. 3. You appear to know the exact vehicle spec. that you want to buy. Telephone each dealer, ask for the sales manager, tell them the spec. and that you are ready to order. Make it clear you are serious and ask their best price. Last year I was thinking of buying either a Mercedes C class or a BMW 3 series. I was in Pattaya but negotiating with dealers in Bangkok via Line. Both dealerships ended up offering similar discounts of over 10% and a free servicing package. If your Thai is a bit shaky then ask a Thai friend for help or maybe even pay a couple thousand to an agent to make the calls for you. Your lousy Honda dealer is a major issue because you will have to use them for servicing and repairs under warranty (unless you are prepared to travel further afield to another dealer). If they are as bad as you say then maybe consider another brand.....e.g. Toyota.
  4. In all honesty, taking account your circumstances, you might be better buying a 3 year old used car. Check it has a service record and get it professionally appraised. You could save ฿200k and you service it where you want. Small Japanese cars are hugely reliable if not abused and should be fairly trouble free.
  5. On a Honda Jazz that maximum two oil changes a year. They should do it while you wait..
  6. Its very tricky. I would say any clutch or brake wear after the first six-twelve months (or 5-10k km) wouldn't be covered. They are highly sensitive to (mis)use....
  7. Wear and tear is gradual deterioration with age and mileage. For something to NOT be W&T is has to fail 'suddenly and catastrophically'. It just completely stops working or you are driving along and it goes bang.
  8. The factory warranty will exclude wear and tear items such as brakes, clutch, battery, A/C gas etc. Pretty much everything else should be covered. The 'extended warranty' is a form of insurance and basically requires something to fail suddenly for it to be covered. For example, a gearbox oil leak would be covered by factory warranty, but probably not by the extended warranty (it would be attributed to age/mileage deterioration). A transmission driveshaft suddenly snapping WOULD be covered by the extended warranty. Many claims caN be a bit of a grey area. Personally I would have all servicing done at the supplying dealer. They are less likely to deny a claim if you are a known customer.
  9. Personally (as someone with a fair bit of motor trade experience, albeit in the UK) I would have all your servicing done by Honda throughout warranty. It should only be once a year. It will save major grief if you have an expensive failure - rare with a Honda, but it can happen.
  10. Warranties do not cover routine servicing. Often you can buy a 'service package' - effectively pre-paying for 3-5 years of servicing at a discount.. Sometimes the dealer might bundle this with the deal - I was offered this by BMW and MB dealers last year. On a small Honda I doubt it...
  11. I don't believe it gives the same cover as the factory warranty. I believe it covers the 'sudden and catastrophic failure' of parts. It excludes all wear and tear, glass, trim and paint defects. All prior service/repair must be done to schedule by Honda and only using Honda parts. Such 'extended warranties' are common in other countries too. They are strictly a form of insurance rather than a 'warranty' and usually provided by the likes of AXA, AIG etc with branding by the car manufacturer. The 'wear and tear' clause is the killer because many faults will deemed wear and tear.
  12. They are charging ฿5000 registration and ฿4000 for plates. You are paying ฿5000 order deposit and there is ฿5000 discount. Seems like the factory warranty is three years. The additional two years besically excludes all service/maintenance items and wear and tear.
  13. I've been riding since the age of 8 (motocross) - over 50 years on all kinds of stuff. But in Thailand the odds are heavily stacked against you, whatever your skill level. Nothing less than four wheels for me. I regard getting on a bike in Thailand as attempted suicide. Some of the elderly Farang I see wobbling around in Pattaya honestly make my hair stand on end.
  14. In the UK we use something called 'jeweller's rouge' to polish out scratches. I assume it is used by jewellers to polish gems. Its an abrasive powder. It works well on small scratches in the glass. If the glass is a few years old with multiple small scratches then its better to replace it.
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