|BaCkSeAtDrIVeR ||18th October 2007 20:16 |
Originally Posted by pjbiju
Many people who buy their first car, actually do not have much driving experience. Sometimes the only driving experience is the experience they have had from the driving shcool. For these people test driving cars can be intimidating. How should these people go about getting that experience - because getting the opinion from a friend can really be misleading, especially regarding the drive characteristics of the car.
Please buy a second hand car, at the cheapest you can find. A reasonably well clattering M800 / Amby should be available @ around 30K, padminis / fiats at around 15K (in Ekm / Cochin / Aluva). Use it for a couple of months. Make sure that it has good engines, tyres and batteries. When you sell it later, you are unlikely to lose much by way of depreciation. And if you have third insurance on the old car, you can total it, and you would lose only 30K (or less).
Driving around the old car will give you some road sense, driving experience and of course, contacts with the neighbourhood workshop mechanics!!! lol: Of course, car dealerships are a bit off the city (in EKM at least), so you will find it easier to shop around for your new car).
It is very disappointing to have a brand new car with dents on it.
I had suggested this option to my family, but was vetoed. Now, THEY are regretting it.