10:03 | 01/09/2016 Car & Motor
HCM City has opened its first secondhand automobile market where sellers and buyers can meet directly to discuss purchases.
HCM City has opened its first secondhand automobile market where sellers and buyers can meet directly to discuss purchases — Photo plo.vn
The secondhand market, which is common in the US and Europe, helps sellers and buyers save time and money as there is no commission.
Sago Auto, which recently opened on 29 Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in District 1, has an area of 5,000 sq.m and can accommodate 100 4-seat and 7-seat autos.
"The secondhand auto market aims to connect sellers and buyers in the speediest and most time-saving way," Tran Thai Hoa, director of Sago Auto, told Thoi Nay (Nowadays) newspaper.
In the past, buyers often sought secondhand cars online, spending time searching for information and looking for cars in different places. Sellers also had to do the same.
Sellers of secondhand cars at Sago Auto pay a daily fee of VND100,000 (US$4.5) for at least seven days to park their car.
The cars will be checked and prices are set by Sago's technicians. All information will be placed on the front window of the car along with an owner's telephone number.
Sago Auto also provides services for purchasing a car, including checking the origin, examining the technical conditions, providing financial and payment services, and issuing price certificates.
Buyers can make phone calls and negotiate prices directly with sellers. All payments are carried out through a temporary banking account in order to limit risks. Money is transferred to sellers when everything is completed.
Civil engineer Vu Huy Nam, who is willing to spend VND600 million ($27,000) on a car, said he had been looking for a secondhand car for a long time.
"I spent a lot of time looking, but the prices were very high. Coming here, I think I can find a car at a reasonable price," Nam said.
"The price is good because monthly parking fees in district 1 are VND2 – 2.5 million," Hoa added.
To increase turnover, Sago Auto will open an auto repair garage. "We plan to open a website to support our customers," he added.
The secondhand market has all kind of cars, from luxury to basic models, with prices ranging from VND225 million to two billion./.