This is the first time we bought a car without test driving it nor seeing it for that matter. Thanks to our ever-helpful friend Lek, we managed to order our Toyota Avanza even before we arrived in Chiang Mai. Buying a car is possible as a foreigner, but it requires enough paperwork to fill a small room. Instead, we bought it in Lek’s name and that made it a more straight forward deal.
We were advised to get a new Japanese car, as resale would be swift and value would hold so we are not expected to lose too much on it when we are ready to move back. Buying a new car also means we are unlikely to have to deal with maintenance issues. Important since I’m here on my own!
We drove our new car for a few weeks without any car plates (possible here!) and then with a temporary red plate, but finally today, after more than three months on the road, we finally got our official, white plates today – which I had to put up on my own. A first.