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View Poll Results: Years of Ownership
<1 Year 6 1.08%
1 - 2 Years 17 3.07%
3 - 4 Years 113 20.40%
5 - 6 Years 171 30.87%
7 - 9 Years 175 31.59%
10 Years (and over) 130 23.47%
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Old 1st November 2012, 14:07   #61
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Make & Model: Hyundai Santro Xing XO Sept 2005
6yrs, 1 month, 49800 kms
Worshipped Honda City all the while and one day got a good deal on a car which had run < 500 kms
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Old 1st November 2012, 14:13   #62
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Originally Posted by DieselDon View Post
Tata Indica V2 DLS, Feb 2003 - Had to choose between Palio & Indica then.
9 yrs & 8 months, 106000 kms & still running strong. Still Have It.
There are as many reasons to keep it as there are to sell it. The key reason favoring the disposal being my(personal) craving to get a modern car.



Really Nice Topic. Will be glued to this thread (since I am contemplating a decision I should have made 5 yr ago - To go for a new car).

Pun un-Intended : Am not able to find a good driver's car with the comfortable seats and space of the Indica, that my family is already used to.
Dear DD, try the Fiesta Classic TDCi. I have had 2 Indicas over the last 10 years and finally upgraded to the Fiesta. I am sure you will love it.
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Old 1st November 2012, 14:54   #63
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Swift vxi - April 2008 - 32000-odd on the odo
Plan to sell it after a couple of years (at least)

IMHO, Indians keep the ownership of their cars for at least 7 years before they sell it.
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Old 1st November 2012, 15:28   #64
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Tata Indica DLS 2006: Jan 2006 model
Current ODO reading: 85,000 kms.

Plan to keep it for another year and then upgrade to a SUV (mostly XUV500 or TFort) while keeping this is as a spare car as far as possible before scrapping since there is no point in trying to sell a tata car owning to the poor resale value . Might as well run it to till the car falls apart and my local mechanic is not able to service the same.
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Old 1st November 2012, 17:59   #65
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Fact is I tend to sell my car once the EMI's are over. Which is more or less every three years. In a strange way, I found it was cheaper than other loans.
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Old 1st November 2012, 18:20   #66
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Ford Ikon 1.8 D - 2005
5 years 150,000 KM
Replaced with Maruti Suzuki Sx4 ZXi Leather Nov. 2010. (Couldn't wait for 4-6 months of newly launched VW Vento)
(It had served our family really well on tough road conditions & grueling driving style of our chauffer at that time, but it was getting harder by day to maintain her.)

Also planning to replace our following cars in next 6 months
1) Alto Lxi -2007 Dec- 46,000KM by this Dec
Reasons - 5 years & got bored now. (Primarily driven by my wife.) Planning to upgrade with Honda Brio V AT or i20 Petrol Asta
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Old 1st November 2012, 18:26   #67
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1. 2001 model Toyota Corolla 1.8 XLi - sold in 2008 at 75k Kilometers - very reliable and powerful car. sold it since I was moving to India from Dubai

2. 2008 model Tata Safari 2.2 VTT Lx - my primary commute; stll have it, done 63K kilometers in 4 years - going strong with no issues so far. No plans to sell it in near future

3. 2008 model Alto Lxi - my parents use it; still have it, done 52K kilometers in 4 years - going strong with no issues so far. No plans to sell it in near future
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Old 1st November 2012, 18:31   #68
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Wow! At the time of posting this reply, >20% of the respondents hold / held onto their car for >=10 years! My reasons for holding on to my Ikon:
1. The 1.6 ROCAM engine's proving itself a gem even 10 years later - extremely responsive and perfect in crazy city traffic and a breeze on the highways (160 easily doable - don't push beyond that level now).
2. Given the crazies on the roads (cabbies, rickshaws, moronic others), would rather deal with them with a trusted ol' lieutenant than a spanky new hotshot!
3. Somehow, spending ~15 L on a similarly powered vehicle (not comparing the City, etc since they're woefully short on space for my 6'6" frame) just doesn't appeal too much, especially in conjunction with the earlier points.
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1. What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase?
Maruti Alto Lxi, October 2007

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage?
4 yrs., 4 months, about 55,000 kms

3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it.
1) Aspirations grew - Needed a bigger body, bigger heart hatch
2) Car had started showing signs of ages (wear-tear etc.)
3) Choice has grown over period. Now, I have a bigger choice of cars to choose from within my buget limits. VW made me fall in love with it... just had to figure out which one to buy to fit in my budget :-)
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Car Model and Manufacturer: Fiat Palio Nv Sport
Car Age in Years: 7.5
Car age in mileage: 70K
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Old 1st November 2012, 22:42   #71
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Tata Indica Xeta GLS 1.4 Petrol - August 2006
How long - 6 years 2 months and 55000 kms. Still with me.

Plan to keep it till 8 years old and then switch to D segment pre-owned car.
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Putting in cars only owned in India

Zen D, 2001
Sold in 2008 - left India
70000 km

Ford Ikon Flair, 2003
Totalled in an accident in 2007

Swift ZXi, 2006
Still in pocession
75000 km

Laura TSi 2012
Still in pocession
700 km
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Wagonr LXi, May 2006
5 years - around 62,000 Kms
Sold it last year

1) It was AP registered when I moved to Bangalore from Hyderabad. Hence I was supposed to pay the life time tax and re-register the car here.

2) Monthly usage increased to around 1500-2000Kms, hence wanted a Diesel car

3) Wanted to upgrade
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FIRST CAR
1. What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase?
Hyundai Accent Glx - Aug 2001

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage?
5 years - 93000 Kms

3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it.
- Petrol costs sky rocketing
- Car was getting old (In Indian conditions I feel 100K is what a car can manage without getting any major overhaul)

SECOND CAR
1. What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase?
Hyundai Accent Viva CRDi - May 2005

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage?
4 years - 78000 Kms

3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it.
- Needed a bigger car (Addition to family)
- Superstition + Negativity !!! (The car was involved in an accident with 8 months pregnant Wifey in it - nothing major though)

THIRD CAR
1. What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase?
Mahindra Scorpio mHawk Sle - Aug 2009

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage?
Still own it - 68000 Kms

3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it.
Not applicable, as I still own it
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Maruti 800, 1996
9 years, around 1.25 L
regular oil leakages, cost of repair, unreliability over long distances

Maruti 800, 2005
5 years, around 70 K
was not getting used much, parking was becoming a problem, repair costs started to go up

Maruti Swift (P), 2005
Still going strong, done 1.5 L KMs
Not planning to sell this workhorse till repair costs are manageable or need for the need of boot space.
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