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Old 23rd February 2009, 12:43   #1
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I had moved into hyderabad an year back and I was thinking of purchasing a used vehicle (Jeep). I have found a 1971 Mahindra&Mahindra CJ3-B jeep in good condition. But i am not really aware of the rules regarding such classics and I needed to know regarding the following:

1) Is there an age limit for Motor Vehicles? If yes what is the age limit? I would really want to drive it on the roads...

2) As you would be aware, this particular jeep would be an open type one and will not have any doors. Is using such a jeep illegal in any way due to the safety aspects?

3) Due to its age, i would not be able to get a comprehensive insurance for this vehicle. I would be able to get only a third party insurance. Would this be enough?
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The only think I can say my dear friend is that you don't use your brain you buy a CJ3-B, you use your heart.
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1) Is there an age limit for Motor Vehicles? If yes what is the age limit? I would really want to drive it on the roads...
RTO's in most large cities now require 15+ year old vehicles to get a fitness certificate. Validity = 5 years. Related thread (15+ year old cars & Certificate of Fitness (CF)).

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2) As you would be aware, this particular jeep would be an open type one and will not have any doors. Is using such a jeep illegal in any way due to the safety aspects?
Nope. Make sure you have a sturdy well-installed roll bar in place to cover the safety aspect.

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3) Due to its age, i would not be able to get a comprehensive insurance for this vehicle. I would be able to get only a third party insurance. Would this be enough?
Yup, my Jeeps book value is so low now, that I have also opted for third-party insurance.
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Yup, my Jeeps book value is so low now, that I have also opted for third-party insurance.
Wow, can't you specify a value for your Jeep ? Book values are meaningless as if you want a good Classic then they still command a decent price.

Some of the guys on here have spent close to 2lakh on buying and restoring their MM550s, also ones in similar condition are advertised at RS2.5L upwards

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The only think I can say my dear friend is that you don't use your brain you buy a CJ3-B, you use your heart.
hehe... liked what you said, and i did follow my heart and bought one btw... :-)
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thnx GTO... i have bought a 1969 Mahindra CJ3-B. Currently its being restored, would put up the pics soon... and i paid 65 for the vehicle which was in running condition and i thing i would have it restored for 1lakh and including tyres and alloys 1.5L (including the cost of the jeep)
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Wow, can't you specify a value for your Jeep ? Book values are meaningless as if you want a good Classic then they still command a decent price.

Some of the guys on here have spent close to 2lakh on buying and restoring their MM550s, also ones in similar condition are advertised at RS2.5L upwards
IIRC, my Jeeps book value (according to insurance company depreciation rates) is 50,000 - 60,000 now (price when new in '97 was 345,904). I just spent like 4x that amount in restoring her last year. As you can see, its a massive loss in case of theft / major accident. However, the actual resale price would be far healthier (not that I am selling ).

I'd guess this is the problem with any old car - including vintages - on which the restoration / repair bill is 75+ % of the invoice price when new.
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GTO,

Has the specialist insurance market not yet developed in India ?

Surly someone with a well restored car from say the 1930s would never insure on the so called book value.

Can you not specify a higher insurance value ? After all it will be reflected in a higher premium so the insurance company hardly loses out.
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Has the specialist insurance market not yet developed in India ?
Maybe it has for vintage cars? I remember seeing a similar discussion over in that section.

But a 10 year old Jeep is hardly a specialist vehicle .

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Can you not specify a higher insurance value ? After all it will be reflected in a higher premium so the insurance company hardly loses out.
I was told that the actual payout (in case of any loss) will be calculated by the book value anyways. What's the point of paying a higher premium then?
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Congratulations mate. Can't wait for the pictures.

I'm also searching for a CJ3B, but with a 35,000 budget, the more run down the better
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Hi, Im getting a MM Classic(red) 97 model, repainted but not accidental. How much do you think is the right price for the Jeep?
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