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Saigonese lighten wallets on car maintenance, upgrade as Tet nears

Sunday, January 20, 2019, 19:09 GMT+7
Saigonese lighten wallets on car maintenance, upgrade as Tet nears
Employees of an auto shop in Ho Chi Minh City change tires of an automobile. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Residents in Ho Chi Minh City have been taking their cars to local auto shops to give them a good maintenance and upgrade ahead of the Lunar New Year festival.

Although the cost for these services is rather expensive, multiple automobile repair shops in the southern metropolis are overloaded with customers due to a surge in demand at this time of the year.

Some shops even require car owners to make an arrangement several days in advance.

Polishing or interior cleaning costs approximately VND1.5 million (US$64.5) to VND2 million ($86), depending on each type of car.

Other common services are ceramic coating, tire replacement, oil change, or calibration services.

Employee and owner checks a car before maintenance at an establishment. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre
An employee and owner check a car before maintenance at a shop. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

According to Phan Thanh Long, owner of the Thanh Long auto shop on Pham Van Dong Street in Thu Duc District, the facility serves an average of 50 customers a day.

“Car maintenance is really important, especially when people need to drive to other provinces this Tet holiday,” Long stated.

“Replacing a tire costs VND1.5 million to VND5 million [$215] depending on each type of automobile,” he added.

At a larger-scale shop named M-Auto on Hoang Dieu Street in Thu Duc, clients have been taking their four- and seven-seater cars here for maintenance and interior renewal services, as well as to install extra tools such as body kits and 360-degree dashboard cameras.

Cars wait for their turn to be repainted at a shop. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre
Cars wait for their turn to be repainted at a shop. Photo: Cong Trung / Tuoi Tre

“We receive hundreds of cars on a daily basis,” said Vo Quoc Binh, general director of Binh Minh Group, which manages M-Auto.

It costs at least VND25 million ($1,075) to repaint an entire car, Binh continued.

Minh Tien, who runs an auto shop in Binh Thanh District, stated that an increasing number of customers have brought their automobiles to his facility to install such accessories as subwoofers, DVD players, HUD glass, and tire pressure sensors.

The shop also helps add electric trunk life to middle-class cars, which costs about VND9 million ($387) to VND13 million ($559), Tien added.

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