Another day went by… It seems like each day there are less VW Beetles for sale in Mexico City. I did discovered why…
The search is difficult and little time is left. So I got some extra help, thanks to an e-mail from Belgium! And I am verry happy to have Antonio Trejo on my side!
After checking the internet, we saw two vochos. Both in a very sad condition, although the adds mentioned “muy bueno condiciones”. For them this includes holes in the ceiling, missing bits in the door, broken windscreen, missing parts in the engine…
So we went back to search on the internet and newspapers. But they have just 1 or 2 new adds with vochos each day. And the famous second-hand newspaper Segunda Mano is not released on paper anymore, only on the internet since 2010. There is another newspaper left, Segunda Trato, release on Thursdays. So lets hope a lot of people who don’t use internet put their vocho for sale in Segunda Trato!
And really sad news, the Beetles in Mexico City dissapear fast! The government of Mexico City wants to get rid of them, but there is still a high demand in other cities. For example Acapulco, where they still have loads of white Beetles as taxi’s – I will check this myself in a few weeks. I did see the first piece of evident today! I saw in a garage plenty of green taxi’s and white Beetles. They were fixing only green taxi’s to sell them outside Distrito Federal.
Let’s hope we find Pablo soon, and keep him safe from unrespectfull drivers or wholesalers!
Yesterday I spend the whole afternoon with the mechanic. I got to practise my Spanish again. He explained me the new colours of the taxi’s, but still no vocho!
After 1,5 hour of delay, the guy arrived with his beetle of ’94. It got a decent investigation of the mechanice and it failed… The engine was too old, not working smooth. It should cost about 25 000 pesos (1 500 EUR) to fix everything! On top of the purchase of the car 20 000 pesos (1 000 EUR). My budget can’t handle that.
Any old vocho would face this problem. So we focus on finding a model of 2000 or more recent. People didn’t answer their mobile phone of the adds. We checked one, but it has been a taxi. Although he claimed it never was.
So back to zero. The mechanic and I will spend the whole day together on Tuesday to call and check beetles. He’s confident we will find a good one that day! He claims he has loads of time to fix and paint to car. So that job should be done fast.
While waiting, he told me that the new colours refer to Bicentenario. I heard that before, but never received a detailed explanation. Now I did. The golden colour refers to the 200 years of Independance of Mexico. The red/magenta colour is to remember the Mexican revolution in 1910. I assume they refer to the blood that got spilled, like the Mexican flag. Red for the people who died, white for hope and green for the nature.
Conclusion of this weekend. It’s easy to find and buy a vocho, but it’s hard to find one that could take us 7 000 km or more!
It’s not that easy to find a good one. Mexicans love their bochito! So they are not eager to sell them. Or it sells really fast!
I keep on repeating Step 6 (Tell everybody you are looking for a vocho + handout your phone number) in combination with Step 5 (waiting!). I am not that kind of person to sit and wait… So I got the next step.
7. Check out the internet (Be Aware! You get dizzy by the numbers and all the windows popping up!)
There are Models 2003 – the ultimate ones! – in offer, but 7 500 EUR is out of my budget. I found today about 15 vochos who seem to be in a good condition (models ’90 -’00) and fit more or less in my budget (1 000 – 1 500 EUR). The next thing I can’t do myself…
8. Ask your friend to call all these people (Most of them are already sold, but you might be lucky!)
During my search on the net, I bumped into some funny vochos! No Photoshop!
This weekend I got into Step 6 of buying a beetle.
6. Tell everybody you meet that you’re looking for a vocho.
They come up with other ideas! One of the guys gave me his newspaper. The descriptions in the second hand section sounds good: not too many kilometers and they fit in my budget! One of the taxi-drivers – I take a lot, on average 4 taxi’s a day! – advised me to get in touch with local Volkswagen dealers. Yeah, so simple! But first I had to avoid all his questions about liberty of sex in Belgium and other countries… So I got the advise that if you want to find guys with a big sizes and girls with good experience, you should go to:
2. Yucatan in Mexico
3. South Africa
Well, I am nothing with this advise. I am perfectly happy with my boyfriend. Maybe you can do something with this information ;)
As I mentioned in the previous post, I was waiting and keeping my eyes open for VW Beetles for sale.
Today I spotted one, while holding myself and all my stuff in the shaking bus. I jumped off and asked in my best Spanish the year of construction, and how much the car costs: 9 000 pesos. Fits into my budget, I aim for 16 000 pesos (1 000 EUR). But made in 1976… That’s too old, way too risky it would break down on the road… He has my number. He will call me when he gets a good one for sale. I got extra eyes spotting for Pablo!
He did give some other advice too. Every Saturday and Sunday there is a free market with thousands of cars, nearby Peri Sur (in the South of the City). For 200 pesos (14 EUR) you can get a check-up by a policeman to check if the car is legal. My friends doubt about this way to get a car… So I’ll search the internet, which will be my job for the weekend. I hope to receive a call from the mechanice with the news he found a terrific “vocho”! He’s better in judging a car than me.