Vietnam is the capital of motorbikes. Owning a motorcycle supports commuting more easily. If you check around the Internet, countless shops are selling both used and new motorbikes. However, it can be tricky finding a trustable shop to buy a reasonable bike, especially you are a foreigner. Do you need help? Read this article.


Where to buy a motorcycle in Ho Chi Minh City?


Popular destinations locals prefer when they need to shop for motorbikes spread around Phu Nhuan District, on Phan Xich Long, Truong Quoc Dung, Phan Dinh Phung, or Nguyen Trong Tuyen.

In district 5, there is a range of shops located on Nguyen Tri Phuong and Tran Hung Dao, offering multiple brands and types of motorbike. Here are a few reputable shops you can consider buying from them:

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Shops and showroom:

·      Tâm Tài Phát: 164 Phan Dang Luu, Ward 3, Phu Nhuan district. 0983.965.345

·      Quang Phạm old motorbike store: 139E Hoang Van Thu, Phu Nhuan district. 0941.251.251

·      Tuấn Cương motorbike: 148 Phan Dang Luu, Ward 3, Phu Nhuan district. 0983.331.355

·      Cây Búa Vàng: 226/33/4 Nguyen Van Luong, ward 17, Go Vap district. 0909.681.518

·      Saigon Scooter Centre: 151 Luong Dinh Cua, An Phu, D2. 0903.013.690/0933.262.972

**You may need a translator when shopping at a local store.


How to buy a used motorbike in Ho Chi Minh city?


Foreigners and expats can buy a motorbike in Vietnam. A legitimate bike comes with a Blue card and insurance. The most important document you need to pay attention to is the Blue card. Plus, you must have a license to drive a motorbike in Vietnam. The government allows converting the driver’s license from your country to a Vietnamese one, so you are eligible to drive on Viet roads.

For the Blue card, you should check the following information:

·      Identification number

·      Color of the bike

Those pieces of information should match the bike you’re buying. The owner’s name doesn’t matter. If you want to register the bike under your name, the procedure is a bit messy. In fact, you can drive and resell the bike under the other one’s name with no hassle.

Be aware of fake Blue cards as they are made to make illegal bikes legal. Many bikes can be illegally imported, stolen, or customized. Using these cards, you will be fined when caught.

Bike insurance is super easy to buy. You can ask the vendor to do the service for you. The price for three types of insurance, including the bike, you, and one passenger, is around 200.000 VND.


Final verdict

Buying an old motorbike in Vietnam is not hard. All you need to do is to pay attention to the documents and make sure the bike functions well before you place the cash.