It’s very common for a tourist to crash his/her bike/car in Southeast Asia. First of all, because in most countries, including Vietnam, you don’t need to have a driver’s license to rent a bike. Secondly, traffic there is crazy, and lots of amateurs fail at trying to keep up with the locals.
In this post, we’ll talk about crashing a bike in Nha Trang and all the consequences that will follow. Don’t worry: you won’t have to pay a fortune to fix most situations. At the same time, it’s very important to at least have an idea of what you can expect.
No person out there likes to deal with this kind of stuff, but after you read this article, you’ll be able to save some bucks when something happens to you in the country. This is important: rented motorbikes never come with any kind of insurance.
Therefore, it will be you or your insurance company that will have to cover everything. Now let’s dig a bit deeper and check every common situation with a bike and see what we can expect.
Crashing A Bike In Nha Trang – Learning The Basics
– If you drop the bike (meaning you fall and it hits the ground), don’t even worry about that. In most cases, the owners of the renting spots won’t mention that. Sometimes, they might demand some kind of compensation, but it’s usually quite low and won’t be a problem.
– If you ended up breaking the lights and some parts of the bike itself, it’s not a big deal either. However, in this case, you’ll have to pay a relatively small fee. We’ll talk about the exact number a bit later. But, again, nothing’s very expensive in Vietnam; plus, when you know the average prices in advance, no local will be able to fool you.
– If someone hit your bike on the road, it’s most likely that you will have to pay for everything. Crazy, right? Well, unless you’ve got a Vietnamese driver’s license, that’s how the law will treat you. And no, international licenses don’t apply here. Keep that in mind and don’t start panicking when they charge you for something you didn’t even do.
– But what happens after crashing a bike in Nha Trang – like, really crashing? If the thing is totaled, then you’ll have to pay the average price of a used bike in Vietnam, which is 400-900 US bucks. As mentioned earlier, they’ll try to make you pay more, but now that you’ve learned how much an old bike costs, that won’t be possible.
Crashing A Bike In Nha Trang – Is Fixing It Expensive?
Thankfully, the city is full of service centers, as most of the locals like to drive bikes instead of cars. In the center of Nha Trang, there are several high-quality centers that will do a wonderful job of fixing your steel horse. There are even some folks at the neighboring villages that will do the same for a lower price.
Let’s take a look at the most common damage types and the average price-tags:
– A flat tire: 10-20K Dongs.
– A broken mirror: 50-100K VND.
– A broken light: 200K to 700K VND.
– Slight-medium damages to the bike’s “body” – scratches, some broken parts: 150K to 1 million Dongs.
To put things into perspective for you, let me just say that 1 US dollar equals 23000 VND. So, even though crashing a bike in Nha Trang may cost you a pretty penny, it won’t destroy your bank account. So, what should you do after crashing a motorbike? Call the person or firm that rented you the bike, of course.
Then visit a service center/shop where you can talk about the final price. Please keep in mind that in most cases, since Nha Trang is a relatively small city, the locals might be in business with each other. That means you gotta be extra careful not to pay more than you should (this is actually a very common scenario).
That’s why the list of average price-tags we just discussed is so important. Also, it would be a good idea to check the website of a given service center and/or renting firm to see whether the prices match or not. As a general rule, they like to raise the price twice, or even more.
The best course of action would be to try to “cut” it. Say, if they claim the repairs will cost you 1 million VND, tell them that you’re only ready to pay 500K. When they refuse to comply, offer the owner of the bike to check a different service. Most likely, the final price-tag will hang around the 600-700K area.
Crashing A Bike In Nha Trang – Summing Up
Ok, that’s pretty much it. As you can see, even 1 million Dongs isn’t much – only up to 50 US dollars. That doesn’t mean you should comply on every step of the way, but just remember that repairs don’t cost a fortune.
Crashing a bike in Nha Trang is an entirely different thing, and 400-900 bucks are more than a significant sum. So, just try to drive carefully, always keep some average numbers in your head as a reference, and never be afraid to bargain. Too bad most locals don’t speak English!