Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

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Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by JandM » Fri Oct 09, 2020 9:31 pm

Hi, we're starting our search for a new Bongo in North Yorkshire and have come across mazdabongocampervans.co.uk. in York...wanted to know if anyone had experience of dealing with these guys?

Their website/FB page looks the part but am also wary comparing this with the established importers. Obviously keen to avoid buying something that looks the part but ends up a dud!

Any help appreciated.
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by Bob » Fri Oct 09, 2020 10:47 pm

Sorry, I've not come across them, but welcome aboard. 8)
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by JandM » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:17 pm

Thanks anyway! Decided to take a look at New Dawn Conversions in Wolverhampton as the conversion being offered by the York guys didn't work for us.
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by Bob » Tue Oct 13, 2020 7:29 pm

New Dawn are vrey well thought of here. 8)
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by JandM » Thu Oct 15, 2020 10:14 pm

Thanks. The full new dawn conversion looks great though the price alongside the price of a fresh import is causing us to pause. We've seen a vehicle we like at a place called Hamblyn Cars in Great Yarmouth that have a history of selling Bongos but we can't really do a 4hr+ car journey to go and just look at one, only to find it's not in a good enough state.

We'd really value any thoughts you have on this!!!! Understand we would need someone to check it over but the price seems fair for the conversio/mileage.

https://www.hamblyncars.co.uk/vehicle/m ... 3b003f33b1
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by Bob » Thu Oct 15, 2020 11:43 pm

Just a personal thought - I'd rather do the 4 hour journey to find it's not what you want, than part with £11 grand to find it's not what you want.

You could pay for AA/RAC or similar to do a report, but that doesn't give you that 'It's for me' feel.

And I notice it's the rare '95 Bongo with side air bags. Mrs B says I'm far to cynical for my own good, but if a description is inaccurate...

Looks like the roof hasn't gone fully up, but I could be wrong.

Also, I'm not up on the price of converted Bongos, so even with the odd 'quirk' it may well be good, but remember the base vehicle is a quarter of a century old.

Caveat Emptor.

Don't wish to be negative, and hope my thoughts help a little.

Edit: You could ask for the reg and check MoT history and do an HPI check.
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by Ian » Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:14 am

If I were based in North Yorks I certainly would not be travelling all the way to Suffok to buy a converted Bongo when there are others available nearby. Bongospares near Halifax for instance. And don't rule out private sales on Facebook Marketplace and Autotrader. Also worth looking up Stuart Coates on Facebook North East Bongo group, he regularly imports Bongos and sells at very reasonable prices.

Nothing against Hamblyn Cars, but it would appear they have only been selling Bongos for the last 9 months or so and specialise in buying old versions and convetring them in to campervans. I haven't seen the quality of the build up close but the photos all look good. What slightly concerns me is that the base vehicles are 25 years old so, as Bob says, request a vehicle reg and undertake MOT check to see history. One other thing, out of our 2,000 + current club members only 1 has declared that they bought from Hamlyn Cars. But that's just an observation.
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Re: Mazdabongocampervans.co.uk - any experience

Post by cwilliams255 » Fri Oct 16, 2020 7:43 pm

I went to see a couple of bongos at the York guy, they were clearly all well selected examples but there was a lack of clarity when it came to Japanese paperwork and auction sheets and because he didn’t answer with enough conviction either way I walked away. Now maybe this was because I’d seen Phil at JAL before and for anyone who’s been you’ll know how important this is to him! The fact is that if he had told me they were grade ‘r’ in the auction and shown me the original damage sheet I may have bought anyway, they may well have been grade 4 but lack of information meant no sale. Bought privately a week later and all good. However on the subject my new bongo has clearly had an accident in Japan with some very minor damage behind front bumper, which would probably have made it a grade ‘r’