Buying Second Hand Cars in Bacolod City

Buying second hand cars in Bacolod City is often a topic that comes up among expats who have moved to this area of the Philippines or who are thinking about it. There are many surplus vehicles made in this area of the Philippines from Japanese and/or Korean parts. The body of the vehicle is custom made here locally and they are usually the pickup truck style or a minivan style. However, I have seen replicas of a Rolls Royce, a BMW, monster pickup trucks, a dune buggy and two seater sports cars with the VW engine in the back. Nice!

We own a Suzuki Rusco pickup, which many refer to as a “multi-cab.” Ours is used on our farm in the Province, located south of Bacolod. P150,000 or about $3,600 U$D will put you behind the wheel of a surplus made multi-cab with a customized new body. The parts are cheap to replace on these vehicles and they are great for local driving.

Some people want a more “traditional” type vehicle, so I will share what I have discovered lately about the pricing of some models of second hand vehicles in Bacolod. These vehicles are all automatics, which are more expensive than the manual transmission vehicles. No, I don’t own a car lot! These are not my cars for sale.

Toyota Vios

This 2007 Toyota Vios is P420,000 and that is roughly $10,000 U$D.

Honda Accord

This 1994 Honda Accord is P200,000, which is about $4,800 USD.

Another Honda

This is either a 1994/1995 Honda Civic or a Honda Vtec and the price is P230,000- P250,000, which is in the neighborhood of $5,500-$6,000 U$D.

Hey, that’s my vehicle! Sorry, it is not for sale. It is an Isuzu Crosswind XUV. It is by far my favorite vehicle and I really enjoy driving it around Bacolod. 

This posting has made me hungry! I don’t think it is too late for a small sandwich.


Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich! The tomatoes are the small local ones and they are hidden underneath the bacon but they are there. The bread came from Bob’s Deli and I added lots of mayonnaise.The bacon is Virginia brand, which is a Philippine product.

Only a few more bites!

Time to tuck everything back in the bread and finish this sandwich off.