Buying transport such as brand new motorbikes or cars in Hoi An is not an easy process. Unless you have the meditative patience of a Tibetan Monk (with a fetish for paperwork), you are better off looking at second-hand vehicles. Once a vehicle has had an owner, it’s all relatively easy – unless it’s a car!
WHERE TO BUY CARS
Foreigners must meet the following criteria if they want to own a car in Vietnam
- Are living and working in Vietnam
- Possess a valid passport
- Have a visa that is longer than three months
- Have a valid work permit and a Vietnamese driver’s license
If you do not meet these criteria, you can get a trusted Vietnamese to purchase the car for you.
WHERE TO BUY MOTORBIKES
NOTE: Most people use a motorbike to get around. If you decide to do this, make sure you get a motorbike license and check your insurance requirements. If you have a motorbike accident you want to be sure that you are insured.
You can pick up motorbikes fairly easily. People frequently advertise the sale of a motorbike on the various Hoi An / Da Nang Face Book pages. Whilst you can buy a second-hand bike in Hoi An you are likely get a better price in Da Nang. If you decide to go through a dealer make sure you take a Vietnamese who knows about motorbikes with you.
Buying brand new motorbikes can be a total headache if you are a foreigner due to various restrictions. It is far easier to buy a bike second-hand. This is a straight forward process of pay your money, receive the bike.
Hoang Dieu Street, Da Nang
(you will find many dealers along this street)
Hung Vung Street, Da Nang
(around the Big C area – many dealers)
Jeremy Shields – 76 Customs
585 Hai Bà Trưng, Hội An.
+84 (0)129 768 6688
Jeremy is an expat and often has bikes for sale; if he doesn’t have one to fit your needs he will be able to advise you.
Yamaha Hoan Cau, Hoi An
510 Hai Ba Trung
+(0) 510 393 9909; +84 (0) 510 393 9808
Block 6, Vinh Dien Commune, Vinh Dien Town, Quang Nam – 15 kilometers from Hoi An
+84 (0) 510 375 8883 (they sell Yamaha & Honda)
Oasis, Da Nang
For full face helmets and those that will actually protect you, most expats go to Oasis in Da Nang.
Visit their facebook page for details – Oasis Da Nang Helmuts & more
Add: 169f, Trung Nu Vuong, Da Nang
Tel: +84 (0)122 864 9220
Contact name: Inaky
Ber Shop, Da Nang
Add: 20 Tran Duc Thao Street, Da Nang City
Tel: +84 (0) 121 665 6262
They stock full face helmets, protective glasses and wear
Dammtrax, Da Nang
Add: 403 Nguyen Van Cu, Da Nang
Tel: +84 (0) 126 378 9119
Have helmets from Thailand and a range of sports wear
WHERE TO BUY ELECTRIC BIKES AND BICYCLES
Another popular method of transport is the electric bike. These cost around $US 300 – 600 to buy new and $US 200 – 250 second hand. Bicycles can be purchased second-hand or new. The cost for a new bike is around 3 million dong and for a second-hand bike around 1,00,000 – 1,500,000 VND.
Tam Trinh, Hoi An
196 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoi An
+84 (0) 905 652 060
Minh Chinh, Hoi An
135 Ly Thuong Kiet, Hoi An
+84 (0) 905 037 595
Thu Huong, Da Nang
19 – 21 Hung Vuong, Da Nang City
+84 (0) 511 384 0956
Mai Tung, Da Nang
52 Ly Thai To, Da Nang City
+84 (0) 511 365 1427