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<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 28th October 2012, 12:43   #1
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Default How many years do you drive / own the same car?

I want to understand how long T-BHPians keep their newly purchased car before selling it.

I would appreciate if you can share the following. If you have had more than one car then you could respond for all the cars.

1. What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase? Eg. Hyundai Santro, AT, August 2005

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage? Eg. 7 yrs., 3 months, about 98,000 kms

3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it. Eg. Difficult to maintain as the car aged, wanted an automatic to replace this car, better features.

I want to restrict it to only newly purchased cars and not pre-owned cars. FYI, I am yet to sell any of my newly purchased cars though they are 7+ years / 100,000 kms and 5- years / 86,500 kms old.

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Mods - I searched the forum and the first 3 pages with two different search criteria yielded no meaningful results so started a new one. May merge if one already exists that missed my eye.
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Old 28th October 2012, 12:51   #2
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Swift Lxi. Nov 2009. 45000 kms. Yet to sell. Probably might sell within the next year for a sedan as need more space for luggage.
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Old 28th October 2012, 12:58   #3
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From Latest to Oldest

Car 1
1. Mahindra Scorpio VLX August 2011
2. 10Months, 24,000kms,
3. Terrible Ride Quality, wanted an upgrade.

Car 2
1. Chevrolet Beat LS April 2011
2. 15months, 10,000kms.
3. Primarily Wife's Car, sold it to purchase a diesel car since her running had increased. Also car was very uncomfortable to drive because of the pedal positions.

Car 3
1. Skoda Fabia Classic 1.2Mpi April 2010
2. 11months, 19,000kms
3. Underpowered Car, wanted an upgrade, got a VERY GOOD resale value.

Car 4
1. Suzuki Swift VDi June 2008
2. 22Months and 38,000 kms.
3. Bored with the car, wanted an upgrade, Car was somehow very unlucky (kept getting into accidents, even when simply parked by the side of the road)

Car 5
1. Suzuki Wagon R VXi October 2006
2. 21months and 24,000 kms
3. Extremely Bad Drive Feel. Wanted an upgrade.
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Old 28th October 2012, 13:10   #4
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Here are the details

1. What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase? Hyundai Santro 2001

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage? 8 yrs, 21000 kms

3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it.
- W
anted an automatic to replace this car
- Aged
- Got good resale price
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What was your car make & model and month & year of purchase? -1984 Premier Padmini

2. How long did you keep it - in years and in mileage? 18 Years around 60K


3. Top 3 reasons why you sold it. It had become old and unreliable and was beat up plus we wanted a bit more modern car

Car 2 (800,'97) and Car 3 (Civic '07 ,used) are still with me.

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1. Maruti Suzuki 800 Std.

2. Purchased in '99. 7 years/ 50k kms.

3. Sold reluctantly because we needed a car with a/c and bit more space. Could not afford a second car then. Upgraded to WagonR.
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Old 28th October 2012, 14:30   #7
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1. Honda City ZX CVT 2006
14 months, 7500 kms
Wanted Civic

2. Hyundai Santro 2006
4 months, 1800 kms
Rear bouncy, wanted a small automatic

3. Honda Civic V AT 2007
18 months, 9000 kms
Wanted Superb

4. Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 2009
14 months, 12000 kms
Wanted 4.2 TDI

5. Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI PD 2009
25 months, 21000 kms
2 year warranty of Skoda had finished

6. Toyota Innova G4 2007
52 months, 40000 kms
Wanted Santa Fe 4WD

7. Audi Q7 4.2 TDI 2010
27 months, 18000 kms
Too big and impractical, want something small and luxurious
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Old 28th October 2012, 14:42   #8
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Here are my details:

Maruthi 800(bought by dad)
1988-2001
Sold in 2001, as we needed a bigger car, with power steering for mom.

WagonR
2001-2003
Sold due to financial difficulty.

Ritz Lxi
2009-Till date
Not planning to sell, as I love the K series Engine.

2012- Planning for a sedan/semi-SUV.
After buying the car, will keep the Ritz for short city runs.
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Old 28th October 2012, 15:04   #9
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Interesting thread! Here is my log:-

1. Maruti 800
1988-2005
Had to sell this trusty ol' mate as she was beginning to show her age and needed a bigger car. So sold off my possession to my best friend in Hyderabad. Learnt to drive in this only but had to sell as everything has to suffer wrath of time.

2. Honda City
2004-2011
Well, this one was a hell of a damn nice machine. No less than a BMW in terms of driving feel, this was the most driven car in our home and probably became a threat to my trusty ol' 800. The sudden hike in fuel prices made a barrier between me and her. And in the end, I was forced to sell her to someone.

3. Hyundai Verna, Hyundai Eon and Mahindra XUV500
A sudden increment in family forced us to set a sudden spike in the number of cars in our home. Bought EON for me, Verna for Bhabhi and XUV for my brother. Let us see for how long they'll perform but they have quenched the thirst for automobiles in our family.

Keep revvin'
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Fiat - 1956 - Still have it. - Dads hand me down

Cielo 1999 - 11 years 70,000 kms - Was hard to maintain then

Safari - 2001 - 10 years - 175,000 kms - Got the Aria

Laura - 1997 - 85,000 kms - Still have it -

Aria - 2010 - 50,000 kms - Still have it

i10 - 2011/12 - 1600kms - Still have it
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Maruti 800DX- 1999- 65000kms- Still have it
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Maruti WagonR Vxi , Sep 2000
Sold in 2012 after 12 years & 55,000 Kms.
Basically got bored of the car, so sold it

Hyndai Santro , Dec 2005
7 years, 30,000 kms and still running.

Toyota Corolla 1.8J, Sep 2003
S0ld in 2011 after 8 years & 82,000 kms.
Again, got bored of the car and wanted something more exciting.

Skoda Laura 1.8 TSi Ambiente, May 2011
After 1 1/2 years & 26,000 kms, she feels like she hasn't aged a day. THis one's a keeper.


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Laura - 1997 - 85,000 kms - Still have it -
You mean 2007, right?

Skoda started its India operations in 2001.
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Originally Posted by entropy
1. Honda City ZX CVT 2006
14 months, 7500 kms
Wanted Civic

2. Hyundai Santro 2006
4 months, 1800 kms
Rear bouncy, wanted a small automatic

3. Honda Civic V AT 2007
18 months, 9000 kms
Wanted Superb

4. Audi Q7 3.0 TDI 2009
14 months, 12000 kms
Wanted 4.2 TDI

5. Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI PD 2009
25 months, 21000 kms
2 year warranty of Skoda had finished

6. Toyota Innova G4 2007
52 months, 40000 kms
Wanted Santa Fe 4WD

7. Audi Q7 4.2 TDI 2010
27 months, 18000 kms
Too big and impractical, want something small and luxurious
Interesting post. What all cars are there in your garage now?
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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.

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I want to understand how long T-BHPians keep their newly purchased car before selling it.
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.
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I have a huge inertia against selling any of my possessions including cars. Once home, they become a family member.

July 2002, WagonR VXi (MAV), 68K, still have it.
Feb 2009, Safari DiCOR 2.2 VTT VX 4x4, 21K, still have it.

During Diwali, I am taking WagonR to my native place to leave her with my father. Contemplating a Brio AT next.

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