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Old 2nd June 2019, 21:47   #1036
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I've been reading articles on this forum for a long time, since I was a teenager. Have never owned a car myself or in the family. Never had the need for it. But now, I'm in the market for a used, fun to drive and safe car in Bengaluru. And I need some help.

Budget - under ₹600,000.
Body type - Hatchback/ Mid-size Sedan/Compact SUV. Compact sedans are a big no-no for me.
Fuel type - Preferably Petrol, but not averse to diesels (I love the torque-y diesels, but I'm not sure about their future)
Transmission - Manual, Automatic - Torque Converters
Expected ideal fuel efficiency - 10+ KMPL in City
Usage - 40KM round trip commute on weekdays in light to medium Bangalore traffic. Atleast one medium distance (400-600KM) road trip every month. 2000 KMs round trip to hometown once or twice a year.
Must have features - Airbags, ABS, Good aircon, good music system (not an audiophile, but I love my music)
Good to have - Cruise Control - for the really long road trip to Nagpur, or on the amazing highways here down south.

Expectations - Obviously a reliable car. Plan to use it for anywhere between 6 months - 2 years. Fair resale value when selling.

Cars considered - 2012 Honda City V MT, 2011-13 Ford Fiesta Titanium Plus 1.5L TDCi, 2015 or newer Figo 1.5L Titanium TDCi, Elite i20 from any model year.
Any other cars that you could recommend?

I have read the article on how to buy a used car. But could someone please guide me on a few points which I'm uncertain of, being a newbie in the used vehicle market. I couldn't any definite information on them.

1. How do you get a car checked before purchase at the ASCs? Get the owner to drive it to the ASC and accompany them? Would you need an appointment? Or can one simply drive in? How much does it usually cost? Is this something most of you have done?
2. How do I get the service records from the service centre? Call, email, walk-in? Isn't customer privacy involved? Will they simply give the data to me? Do I have to pay the ASC for it?
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Hello folks!
I've been reading articles on this forum for a long time, since I was a teenager. Have never owned a car myself or in the family. Never had the need for it. But now, I'm in the market for a used, fun to drive and safe car in Bengaluru. And I need some help.
Considering you want to drive 40 km in Bangalore(?) , get an automatic if you can. I would say stretch the budget a bit(say 7-8) and pick up a honda city CVT. should keep you happy

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...in the market for a used, fun to drive and safe car in Bengaluru. Budget - under ₹600,000.
This thread (ARTICLE: The Best (used) Enthusiast cars for 6 lakh rupees! Or less) is tailor-made for you.

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Go for a diesel. Your annual running (around 20k?) is high enough and you're not planning to keep it for long term.

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Any other cars that you could recommend?
Diesel:
1) Ford Ecosport MT. Safe, fun to drive, decently reliable.

Petrol:
1) Honda City MT/CVT. Supremely reliable. Manual is fun to drive, CVT is convenient but boring.

2) Etios. Quite fun to drive, 4-star NCAP rated and reliable AF

(EDIT: Just realised Bangalore prices might be higher for some of these cars and you'll have to stretch)

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How do you get a car checked before purchase at the ASCs?
Talk to a dealer closest to the seller. They'll guide you further. Charges are a couple of 1000s (usually less than that) for most mass market cars. It isn't necessary to get the car checked at ASS if you have a trustworthy mechanic with you. What's more valuable than the inspection itself is that you can obtain service records without any fuss when you have the seller with you.

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How do I get the service records from the service centre?
I prefer to call. Either pretend to be the owner or tell them straight up that you need to know only the dates of last few services and respective odometer readings. Second option seldom works. If you want to get the car inspected, the owner can obtain records directly. Don't pay for service records.

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Old 28th June 2019, 18:29   #1039
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Considering you want to drive 40 km in Bangalore(?) , get an automatic if you can. I would say stretch the budget a bit(say 7-8) and pick up a honda city CVT. should keep you happy
Thanks Raj! Yes, it would be in Bangalore. Automatic was a must. Ended up finalizing on a Tiago XZA + (Petrol AMT). Decent power. Quite chuckable for city. Decent power for the highway as well. Good Honda Citys (Cities?) were far and few. And usually priced too high for what it was. 6.5L for a 7 year old 70000KM car sounded a lot, when for less than a lakh more, I could get a decent new car.
By the way, I have already been through the page that you shared. Cars suggested in recent posts in that list were either too big or not readily available or much higher priced in Bengaluru.

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This thread (ARTICLE: The Best (used) Enthusiast cars for 6 lakh rupees! Or less) is tailor-made for you.



Go for a diesel. Your annual running (around 20k?) is high enough and you're not planning to keep it for long term.



Diesel:
1) Ford Ecosport MT. Safe, fun to drive, decently reliable.

Petrol:
1) Honda City MT/CVT. Supremely reliable. Manual is fun to drive, CVT is convenient but boring.

2) Etios. Quite fun to drive, 4-star NCAP rated and reliable AF

(EDIT: Just realised Bangalore prices might be higher for some of these cars and you'll have to stretch)

Thanks self_driven. No good diesel cars in my budget. Bangalore prices are too high. Petrols should be fine once the newness of a car wears off

Ecosport MT and Etios ruled out due to MT as my primary use will be daily commute. And I learnt my lesson a couple of weeks ago when I was stuck in the infamous Bengaluru traffic. Honda City CVT was a good option. But either the cars I saw were driven too much (75k+ KMs) or too expensive (6.5L-11L!) or too old (2009-2011). 2012-13 at 5L with under 60k KMs would've been a sweet spot, but alas after more than a month of searching, I got nothing. Decided to buy a new updated Tiago XZA+ Petrol instead. Not the most fun. But almost perfect for my use.
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Can someone suggest me some good pre-owned cars I can get for around 10Lakhs?

My requirements
1. Safety
2. Diesel
3. Preferably Automatic, but manual is fine too
4. Decent Performance and efficiency
5. Good aftersales
6. Should be an existing model and not one that may get replaced soon, I want the warranty coverage too
7. Should be reliable
8. No Made for India cars like the TUV300 and the Amaze


I haven't found any promising car that has all this. This is to replace a VW Vento TDI, so I expect this to be an upgrade over the same.
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6. Should be an existing model and not one that may get replaced soon, I want the warranty coverage too
I haven't found any promising car that has all this. This is to replace a VW Vento TDI, so I expect this to be an upgrade over the same.
After a Vento what you're asking for is a very tall order. But warranty / after sales etc is the usual weak point of VW / Skoda due to dealership issues right?

You might try a Ford Aspire 1.5 automatic. Good planted ride, revv happy automatic. Maybe not as much of an upgrade from your Vento though. All New Fiesta would have been, but that's a long stopped model.

Try to get a used Jetta or Passat maybe?
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My requirements
1. Safety
2. Diesel
Ford Ecosport and Hyundai Creta are good cars that will fit your budget. Skoda Octavia would be a perfect upgrade from a Vento but even the Creta will do just fine.

If you want a model which is recent and not likely to be replaced soon, you'll have to settle for newer compact SUVs such as Brezza and Nexon that'll be in the market for a couple more years as compared to Ecosport/Creta. However, Nexon, Ecosport and Brezza will be more of a downgrade from VW Vento in terms of quality and comfort. Unlike Creta, Ecosport comes close in fun-to-drive factor but Creta will be a more suitable upgrade for the overall package on offer.

Look for a Creta. It has light controls and you'll be comfortable with a diesel manual as well. Another good option is to stretch for a used Skoda Octavia
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Can someone suggest me some good pre-owned cars I can get for around 10Lakhs?

I haven't found any promising car that has all this. This is to replace a VW Vento TDI, so I expect this to be an upgrade over the same.
Unfortunately, since the segment of sedans has moved up in price, you would most likely end up with the same car, Vento/Rapid DSG. Or if lucky an Octavia/Jetta around 11L, but mostly just out of warranty ones.

Other cars you that come to my mind are Toyota Corolla, or a 4-5year old XUV500 W8(but made in India).

I wouldn't suggest the Creta for used purchase, due to its high resale value.

EDIT: If lucky, a used Elantra 1.6 Crdi Automatic may fall within your budget.

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