We are interested in selling our car here (2007 Nissan SUV) but have no idea what price to ask as we don't know much about the used car market. Anyone have any ideas on how to get a sense of used car prices? Are there lots somewhere that people go to in order to shop for used cars?
Take someone who knows about cars and speak Vietnamese with you. If you don't find such a person, don't go. Back when I was in the States, I used to be a expert among friends on buying used cars, but when I came back here I became clueless.
Used cars in Vietnam have no record. Most odometers are tricked out. Cars all have been resprayed sometime somewhere from small scratches, so a repainted car doesn't mean it's been in big accidents. Always ask the saleman if he would let you take the car to the shop for checking; if the answer is "no" stay away. If you buy a Toyota, Honda, ford, Merc... those that have a strong service system in Vietnam, it's likely that the car have been serviced at a dealer. You should go to a dealer to pull out a service record and see if the record turns out believable and matches what's on the odometer. Most importantly, take the car out for a spin. I know, @ 20km/h in Hanoi traffic, it doesn't help much. But still, a drive test will give you a feel about the car.
On the second thought, Go to a new car dealer and ask what's the current import taxes for cars owned by foreigners. They used to be refundable. If that's still the case, go for a brand new imported model.
@Devo13 Unless you sell the Ford Everest to another Foreigner you will lose about 20% the second you sign the papers and then about 10-15% per year. Ford/GM are not highly regarded here in Vietnam.
As far as value though for 20,000 more, the Toyota Fortuner will hold it's value and you can actually drive it for at least 6 months and can sell it for the exact same price that you bought it for(Vietnamese Economics).
@Newman: Let me know what vehicle you want and I can give you a quick quote from a friend who is used car dealer here in Hanoi.