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New Kombi owner (almost) - need some advice

Discussion in 'New Members' started by Zoran, Jan 31, 2016.

  1. Zoran

    Zoran New Member

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    Hi all,

    My name is Zoran and my teenage son has decided to jump into Kombi ownership in a big way. He has been dreaming about buying one for years and has his sights set on a 1981 'Brazilian' model which is currently for sale in Bali.

    It is in good condition mechanically and body wise; I have had a mate check it out over there.

    The owner is paying to have it sent here to the docks in Melbourne with all the receiving end costs being borne by ourselves.

    Our research indicates we will be looking at about $1500 costs to get it into the country (not including GST on the purchase price, total shipping costs etc).

    We are unsure what sort of process awaits us to have the Kombi registered here in Victoria. Am wondering if anyone can shed some light on how hard / expensive this can be.

    Also any advice / tips on the importing process would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks,
    Zoran
     
  2. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    Not having seen the bus I can't really comment but the words brasil, Bali import give me shudders. Please make sure the bus is sound , hopefully the mate who has looked at it knows what he's looking at. Been a few horror stories for people importing these kind of buses. Double check with Vic authorities what will be required to put it on the road. Maybe put up some pics for the gurus on here to have a look. Some very knowledgable eyes can spot things from pics that others may not see.
     
  3. Zoran

    Zoran New Member

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    Happy to upload some images. The rust will be repaired at a local Panel Beater prior to shipping. 12570808_10156431230405514_2101820591_n.jpg 12570948_560849007413678_882241961_n.jpg 12575768_10156431230370514_1125873667_n.jpg 12576059_560848974080348_2072730734_n.jpg 12576120_10156431230570514_1143234710_n.jpg 12576159_10156431230610514_1098690870_n.jpg 12576331_10156431230515514_992867196_n.jpg 12576342_560849027413676_762499039_n.jpg 12606997_10156431230585514_64188941_n.jpg 12607334_560849004080345_176797899_n.jpg
     
  4. Tangles

    Tangles Well-Known Member

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    Be afraid. Be very afraid.
     
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  5. Zoran

    Zoran New Member

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    More images... 12570821_560848964080349_143211028_n.jpg 12570928_10156431230445514_2090938227_n.jpg 12583671_560848970747015_299116456_n.jpg 12583720_10156431230545514_538032399_n.jpg 12583855_560848994080346_1698454850_n.jpg 12596486_10156431230480514_1285633307_n.jpg 12606851_10156431230420514_1328678512_n.jpg 12606969_560848984080347_751015601_n.jpg 12607313_560849010747011_1432172731_n.jpg
     
  6. splitbus

    splitbus Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't touch it, big cracks in paint work, big bog
     
  7. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    DONT TOUCH IT
    Buying ANYTHING kombi from Indonesia is a risky shot in the dark and the guy did not answer satisfactorily some qns I put to him on the facebook ad.
    Been up for sale for a while.
    Also another guy on some FB sites claiming to have some 'realy great ' kombis in bali he is going to import.
    I saw his last kombi that was recently sold here with an asking price of 29k .Supposedly 'professionaly painted and beautiful'. everyone was gushing praises based on the photos.
    My valuation on it based on seeing it in the flesh and watching him try to drive it was 10-12k for a prospective buyer.
    A real basket case in my opinion.

    As stated in above posts . A list of horror stories from Indonesia.
    Don't expect magic bargains . Everyone is looking
     
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  8. 77/kombi/surfer

    77/kombi/surfer Well-Known Member

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    This question gets asked quite often.
    You might see what apears to be a good car but theres been lots of bad reports from people who have bought one over.
    Yeah they are a good price but you cant judge the build qaulity from a few pics sent over.
    The indonesians are masters of making fakes look real good like new originals in all departments.
    The most well known vw guy over there is yumos. You can look it up online. Hell make you up a 23 window samba out of a baywindow if thats what your looking at.
    Personally i can appreciate there building skills from what they have got to work with but i wouldnt spend my hard earned money on one.
    If you have to seriously are looking at buying this car fly over in person a check it out. Airfares are really cheap an go from there.
    Basically if these cars were any good an were solid road worthy cars youd see more of them on the road.
    Cheers
     
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2016
  9. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    "Sama sama" - Bahasa Indonesia for "similar to; looks like".

    No words in Indonesian for "identical"............;)
     
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  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Are Sprite cans a bit stronger than Coke cans? :rolleyes:
     
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  11. Jerome

    Jerome Well-Known Member

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    Bali is a great holiday destination ...
    Check it out and the workshop yourself
    Labour cost are a lot less there then here so if their workshop equipment and knowledge is good.........
    If not have a great holiday.

    As kombi prices have gone through the roof am sure we will see more of these Brazillian Imports ...
     
  12. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    the strength is in the blackjack:eek: ;)

    I do give them credit for initiative but have never seen anything that could be mistaken for western tradesmanship.

    Get in while you can, Its an endangered concept in Australia as well and the govt is doing its level best to eradicate the remaining pockets.
     
  13. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Steel or Aluminium >>>> expect pop riveted on and then bogged :p
     
  14. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Zoran, welcome to the party that never ends :cool:
     
  15. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Just looked at the additional photos in post #5
    most will see the obvious serious rust and bog as Mike noted
    also crap trimming on panels and rear seat.
    if people cant interpret photos like this then don't buy a kombi.[ general comment ,not a dig at original poster, Thanks for photos and asking]

    below is copy n paste of the ad on kc fb from seller
    search Bali on kc fb

    note the 'bus is like new' and 'no rust whatsoever.'

    full of bullshit.

    take your chances on Indonesian busses and sellers :rolleyes:

    Quote;
    Cameron Hughes

    January 11
    1981 Volkswagen Kombi Brazilian, Rare 14 Window.
    This bus is like new.
    I just drove it over 500km from Surabaya in East Java to Bali Indonesia.
    ...
    It literally drives like a dream. No rust whatsoever. Chassis beautiful.
    Suspension incredible, glides over really bad roads, very impressive.
    Interior is all new.
    Completely rebuilt sweet sounding 1600 engine, gearbox like new, shifts so nicely, I have never driven a kombi that drives so well, looks so good, and feels like a new bus.
    Has inverter system in rear for TV/DVD set up with aerial, plus many more awesome features. This bus has been looked after well.
    Bus located in Bali, Indonesia.
    Price 11,000 AUD Negotiable
    I have the shipping agent standing by ready to ship. I have been quoted only $3000 AUD landed in either Fremantle/Melbourne/Sydney/or Brisbane.
    Total your looking at landed is $14,000 AUD
    Buyers encouraged to come to Bali, check out the bus, meet me, meet the shipping agent. Flights are cheap.
    You can pm me or call me for more info from Bali or Australia on +6282236610463
    Rude or abusive comments will be reported to Admin.
    Unquote.
     
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  16. wenmac

    wenmac Active Member

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    I agree with splitbus, the cracks in the paint indicate bog, and a fair amount I would say. Looking at the photos, it seems that there are a few ripples in the paint along the bottom edges of the panels that look like rust coverups. I would be looking elsewhere for a vehicle
     
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  17. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    I posted back to the fb page.
    seller has come back with 'sold'

    if its coming to Au then I look forward to the new 'new resto' photos ;)
     
  18. Willow 76

    Willow 76 New Member

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    Any update on the Bali Kombi?
    Has anyone had any dealings with Karma Kombis Bali?
    Their Facebook page has some great looking Kombis for sale, but having read the feedback from members, I am very nervous about buying one from Bali.
    Any feedback, positive or negative would be appreciated.
     
  19. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    Read above posts and other feedback carefuly.
    Good reason to be more than nervous .

    Lots of evidence of lies and crap jobs with photos and a number of knowlegeable members here, some who are regularly in bali, saying the same.
    And no evidence of any clean ones even when sellers given the chance to prove their case.

    Since this one from hughes I have looked at photos of another that the person was ready to purchase as a 'clean' bus.
    The photos were crap but still showed significant bog work on an ' original' bay.
    The purchaser deferred as far as I know, having gone to look at it.
    I have asked for detailed photos and inspection details.

    Believe the lies on a facebook page at your peril.
    I know of some aussie ones that give a good impression as well . But the operators are also best avoided.

    I wonder how many shiny kombis coming up on for sale ads in Au are bali buses that the new owners need to ditch?
    Do your homework well and check the provenance of any and all that are for sale here as well.
     
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  20. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Pictures DO NOT tell the story of a thousand words o_O
    Words in adverts = BSBB (Bull$hitBafflesBrains) :rolleyes:
    Caveat Emptor :confused:
     
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