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Old 18th September 2008, 14:37   #1
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Cool Used Opel Corsa Sail?

Hi Folks,

My sister is looking for a car and I came across a used Opel Corsa Sail.
Below are the details. What do you guys think?

Model: Opel Corsa Sail 1.6
Year: October 2003
Owners: 1. Company Lease, 2. Individual, 3. The person I am buying from.
Condition:
Bodyline: Good. No accidents/re-painting.
Engine: Good. Smooth. Maintained at Company Service Centre.
Tyres: Two new tyres. The rest are in good condition (no balding).
Battery: New Amaron Battery.
Insurance: Comprehensive (renewed a month ago).
Price Quoted: 2.20 Lakhs. I straightaway quoted 1.60 Lakhs to him. He's saying nothing less than 1.75 Lakhs.

Should I finish the deal?
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Old 18th September 2008, 15:03   #2
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When I was looking for a used GTX, I came across a dealer who also showed me Corsa Sail as an alternative. He was quoting 2 L.

I think you can negotiate further and the price can be brought down since there arent many takers for this good car.

All the best!
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Old 18th September 2008, 16:50   #3
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Having said that 1.75 L is still a decent price for a 2003 model
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Old 18th September 2008, 17:25   #4
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Check the price here New Cars, Used Cars, Buy Cars, Sell Cars, New Car Prices, Used Car Prices - CarWale.com . You may get some idea. But why Corsa Sail ?
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Old 18th September 2008, 17:48   #5
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I sold my May 2003 Corsa 1.4 GSI on 3rd Sep 2008 to FirstChoice, I got a price of 1.4L, definitely they are going to add their cost and would be selling it for 1.6/1.7, this would be a good price.

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Vivek, I wouldnt advice you to go for a Opel sail. If your sister needs a estate the decent option is Indigo Marina. Though it might not be powerful & stuff but still its quite reliable since it will be in production. Since Opel maint. will dig a hole in the wallets and spares will be tough to find for a discontinued model.
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Opel maint. will dig a hole in the wallets and spares will be tough to find for a discontinued model.
This was exactly I wanted to understand why he is going for for Sail. The biggest problem will be for A** & spares availability...
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3 owners in 5 years. And a discontinued model to boot. Would not recommend it.

Although the car is nice, the maintainence is quite high. Any particular reasons for wanting this particular model?
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Old 19th September 2008, 13:12   #9
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Thanks for the comments guys. Appreciate it.
The reason I am contemplating this car is because the budget is around 1.8 Lakhs. We were initially looking for an Esteem, but came across this. I thought this was far more refined and powerful than the Esteem. But now that you guys are saying service may be a problem, I am thinking again.
Regarding the owner thingy, the lady who first had the car bought it on a company lease and then she transferred it to herself. So in reality it is two owners and we'll be the third.
Also, forgot to mention that its done 42K.
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Vivek, IMO, stay away from this car and choose and you will be happy. Go with esteem itself. You will get the A** and spare parts in any part of India.
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The Corsa is not going to be a wise buy. Its a head and heart issue. If you want to use your head, stay away from it, if it is your heart that is making the decision, then go ahead.

Advantages
  1. Very safe car
  2. Solid build, will last you for years
  3. Brilliant packaging and is still very contemporary
  4. Car sold very well all over the world so spares on ebay should not be a problem in the distant future
  5. GM will never leave India, so can count on them in the worst case scenario to bring the car back to life in case of an eventuality
Disadvantages
  1. Very costly spares and service
  2. Waiting period for spares
  3. Zero resale value
Buy the car only if it you have a two wheeler as a spare and if you propose to keep it till time immemorial of gift it away to a relative/friend
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Thanks a lot Folks,
I have dropped the Corsa Sail now. But still looking for a used car...
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Old 22nd September 2008, 21:27   #13
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Hey Vivek, why dont you look at a used Santro or a Palio. Both are excellent cars. If you want reliable service and decent fuel economy go for the Santro, if you want excellent build quality, go for the Palio. You should definitely be able to get a used Santro or Palio for around 1.6-2L depending on the condition. Just try and get a single owner car (If possible). That should ensure a decent resale value too.
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go for Santro Xing or Alto
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Vivek, I wouldnt advice you to go for a Opel sail. If your sister needs a estate the decent option is Indigo Marina.
The sail is not an estate, it is a hatch, the swing is an estate.

@vivek.martin - good choice to drop the idea. Find an esteem MPFI for that price.
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