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Old 08-08-2008, 10:14 AM   #1
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A new customer of mine wants for start a dealership for these things. You can see the details, but they are street legal. So, would you spend $10K or less on something that comes with a Facotry warranty and a 30 yr history? They are build with Mitsubishi motors. Top speed 50mph or so. 50-55mpg or so. As a novelty it's great but could you see the utility use?
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:30 AM   #2
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Yes and no. My wife and I were looking at golf cart like vehicles, but it needs a top speed of 50-55 like you listed. Unfortunately, the link you listed had some...unpleasant...looking models.

And no, 10 grand is not an option. Somewhere around the price of 5-6 grand would be worth it.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:39 AM   #3
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As a novelty it's great but could you see the utility use?
I never knock 3-wheeled vehicles any more. Years ago when I was making 6 figures, I rode with a guy who had this 3-wheeled hot dog cart. I sort of looked down my nose at him...even though he had a brand new Fat Boy and I rode a 77 Shovel.

Every day he'd putt on over to this giant office complex off of I-95 and sell hot dogs, cokes, and chips. I was over at his warehouse one afternoon when he was counting up the cash; I almost **** a brick! That dude counted over a grand that day, and he told me it wasn't that busy because it was rainy out. The last time I saw him he told me he was battling the IRS over back taxes. I think his was made by Cushman, but the engine was from OMC or something, it was a boxer setup that was air cooled. Pretty neat engine, low tech though.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:54 AM   #4
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Yes and no. My wife and I were looking at golf cart like vehicles, but it needs a top speed of 50-55 like you listed. Unfortunately, the link you listed had some...unpleasant...looking models.

And no, 10 grand is not an option. Somewhere around the price of 5-6 grand would be worth it.
Those versions that are the "dump" style models will be the higher end of the price spectrum because of the equipment involved. The models that are passenger style should be in the $7k or less range.
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:16 AM   #5
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You know, a bunch of conchoes, a couple hundred dingleberries, a few dozen light and several cans of primary-color paint, and you'd have yourself a 'Jipney.'

It's look right at home in Subic or Angeles City!

FWIW, I flew in to Jerez yesterday. I'm a bit disappointed! The rain in Spain did NOT fall mainly on the plane!
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:24 AM   #6
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Isn't Manila like completely covered with these things?
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:29 AM   #7
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You know, a bunch of conchoes, a couple hundred dingleberries, a few dozen light and several cans of primary-color paint, and you'd have yourself a 'Jipney.'

It's look right at home in Subic or Angeles City!

FWIW, I flew in to Jerez yesterday. I'm a bit disappointed! The rain in Spain did NOT fall mainly on the plane!
Maybe you could sell monkey meat on a stick from it!
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Old 08-10-2008, 02:26 PM   #8
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Or, 'Hot Bread!'
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Old 08-10-2008, 03:21 PM   #9
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I guess it's OK to use copyrighted images of Bugs Bunny in TUK TUK's ads, but I'd rather have a Cushman Truckster with the OMC 500cc opposed twin. More bettah than Tuk Tuk that go TIC TIC BOOM!
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Old 08-11-2008, 03:57 PM   #10
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Might work in the south, me thinks OR is a bit wet/cold/windy for those things. Seems like retirement centers would be a good place to market these. Those places that are 1000 acres, have their own golf course, and hundreds/thousands of homes.
Short answer, I'd bet they'd sell, I wouldn't own one.
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