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    Default New Twist in Dominican Used Car Market

    the local used car market goes through paradigm shifts every so often, and is in the process of going through yet one more, at this very moment. here is what is happening..

    some years back, Dominicans discovered the glories of the Hyundai Sonata N20, and its Kia counterpart, the Lotze. they are propane cars, used in Seoul as taxis and rentals. a taxi in Korea is not the same as one in the DR. here, a guy buys a Corolla, uses it as his means of livelihood, and his personal car. they accumulate higher miles than a car of a guy who goes to work and parks his car, but nothing like the Korean cars.

    in Korea , 3 guys pool their money, and buy a car. they each get an 8 hour shift, so the car never rests. there is one day in the month where it goes into a shop for a checkup, but by the time they get to the DR, they have at least 250k kilometers on the car. of course, the sellers do the old laptop trick, and tell you they have 75k. buying one is a skill. novices should never try to buy a Hyundai propane car. banks will not even finance them these days. the times they are a changin...

    so, here comes the new fad...the Japanese imports...the small cars, like the Toyota Vitz, the Honda Fit, the Mazdia Demio, the Nissan Note, and other cars like those. if you want a car with genuinely low mileage, and not one of those bogus cars from the USA, look into these. in Japan, there are no 3 year old cars with 150k miles on the streets. when you buy a Demio, and the guy says it has 88k kilometers, that is very close to the truth.

    i just picked up a 2014 Fit for a member yesterday, and rode back in it to POP from Sto Dgo....it ran like a brand new car...

    this is the way to go..

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    But beware - many for sale here are ex-rental cars that have been used hard for their size and capacity.

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    Nice insight... Thanks

    However, what do you do with Japanese cars having the steering wheel in the right LOL!! You have to modify that for DR and bring it back to the left side, which is a hassle and a job and it doesnt end up being that nicely done anyways

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElVenao View Post
    Nice insight... Thanks

    However, what do you do with Japanese cars having the steering wheel in the right LOL!! You have to modify that for DR and bring it back to the left side, which is a hassle and a job and it doesnt end up being that nicely done anyways
    the cars are all sent to a special facility in Chile, where the switch is professionally done. they are then shipped here...

    they used to be switched over here, but the government put a stop to that..

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    How much was the /FIT?

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    I hear the facilities in Chile are full of Peruvians and the quality of the switch is not great... but those could work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hillbilly View Post
    How much was the /FIT?

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    2014 in impeccable condition 555k....worth every penny..

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    I would prefer a model which comes from the states since all parts are easier to get but I assume these Japanese cars are the same except for kilometers on the dash, which can be swapped out too.
    But you have to give props to the Hyundais and Kia taxis - if they run 24/7 and go 300 K before coming here then still seem to hold up well they must be decent vehicles.

    I know that they recommend top end valve train oil kits for gas powered cars - there must be someone in DR doing that add on too. Seems logical as gas cars drive hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the gorgon View Post
    2014 in impeccable condition 555k....worth every penny..
    That's a heck of a lot of mileages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishing you well View Post
    That's a heck of a lot of mileages.
    It’s $555000 peso not mileage ..

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