Why Buy a Bongo?
Bongos are just FUN
They’re not only a fabulous vehicle, they’re a way of life. As well as getting you to work they’re an escape vehicle. Bongos give you control, after all have you ever tried to book a B and B when the Sun’s shining?
Reliability: they’re Japanese.
Re-sale Value: campers hold very well indeed if looked after. Do the research yourself, but we have seen many campers change hands for more than the customers bought from us, but all depends on the years and availability of “top level” stock. Which ever way, we think you will agree they do not depreciate like a car.
Love and appreciation: People just love their Bongos, the community is huge, enormous support, parts are cheap and plentiful in general, the knowledge is great, and they’re far far cheaper than the equivalent mini camper.
Main Car: Over the last few years we have seen a major shift, from the Bongo being a 2nd or even 3rd car to the main car. V6 rules the roost here with twin fuel both petrol and LPG. When you can run a large vehicle with super smooth performance and 20-25mpg at the much cheaper cost of LPG, this makes many family cars look outdated and you can have “holidays in a Bongo”. Many people now use them as mobile offices or even health and lifestyle platforms.
Great to Drive: Although they look a large vehicle, in reality they’re not, as the wheel footprint is the same as many family cars, but because they’re tall and square their volume is large inside. We find ladies love them so they often end as the wife’s car. In fact when we did our last count we estimated 70% of the drivers were ladies as they are cute in town and rather ideal for shopping and kids. As far as Europe is concerned the diesel and the V6 simply make them a pleasure, whereas the 2.0l is nippy and light in towns and general runs. Many people use them for Europe cruising as they can cruise well above the UK speed limit with ease.
Also customers love them for Europe as they can fit up and down the narrow coastal lanes or up in the mountains and not cause chaos like a larger camper. This of course also applies to Cornwall, Devon, Scotland, Lake District etc. It’s quite amazing where you actually find a Bongo, they’re like goats that suddenly appear on a mountain top.
Support: This is what they're all about, they just need to be bought at top level, and fresh import again rules the roost. Rust free and pristine then they can be looked after and cared for fresh from the start. When you purchase from a top level importer rather than a smaller establishment you can be assured of the condition you purchase. Sadly there are many dealers that buy a rusty one or a “repair grade” and then make them look good and sell fast. When you buy one of these fabulous vehicles your dealer should be able to show you:
- How it looked in Japan ie pristine and genuine with lots of close up photos in Japan, not UK
- The genuine Japan Grading marks, please call us and we can explain this
- Mileage pass certificate
- Parts support
- Own dealer backed warranties are important, we have no faith in 3rd party paper ones
- Extensive prep, we run a 55 point check which is pretty exhaustive
The above points hopefully eliminate the opportunists, and short term dealers.
The top few dealers in the UK are here for the long haul and support and help the Bongo communities. There are not many of us, but there are an awful lot of people selling these lovely cars, up and gone in weeks or months, a cheap Bongo is exactly that.
Mazda Bongo Showroom :: view examples of current and recent stock
Japanese Auto Locators
Telephone :: 01386 792946
Lucida/Estima Cambelts supplied and fitted £139.99