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Old 15th January 2006, 16:38   #1
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What is the good time to buy a car .

- Year end( December )
- Financial year end ( March )
- Financial half year end ( September )
- Festival session ( like Dewali etc., )
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Or in Jan when they are really desperate to get rid of old stock.
Innova discount was 1.05L including finance for the V variant.
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Hi guys,

This is a double treat time for car buyers
  1. Prices reduce as a result of excise cuts
  2. Discounts, as March is the end of the Fiscal year
Now my question is, how long will these 2 benefits stay?

Can I expect the discounts to vanish in April?
Will the reduced prices due to excise cuts stay for a longer time?

Basically my question is, do I stand to lose, if I put off my buying till May/June?
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Hi guys,

This is a double treat time for car buyers
  1. Prices reduce as a result of excise cuts
  2. Discounts, as March is the end of the Fiscal year
Now my question is, how long will these 2 benefits stay?

Can I expect the discounts to vanish in April?
Will the reduced prices due to excise cuts stay for a longer time?

Basically my question is, do I stand to lose, if I put off my buying till May/June?
Depends on what car you are looking at for the purchase.

Mostly discounts will be lifted off from 01.04.2014 which is a natural trend every year and sales pushed more in the month of December rather than March. I know it is the FY end but the VIN is more affected with December month rather than March.

A customer will buy a Jan'14 car at a higher price instead of a Dec'13 car so discounts vary with the VIN, manufacturer and dealer.

If speaking in general, discounts are good till March but after that getting a discount is more of luck and coming to the price cut, that'll be ON till June'14 I guess.

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Depends on what car you are looking at for the purchase.



Anurag.
Thanks for the info Anurag. My strongest contenders are Swift ZXi and Figo 1.2 Titanium. Both have some deals going
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...Will the reduced prices due to excise cuts stay for a longer time?

Basically my question is, do I stand to lose, if I put off my buying till May/June?
Someone mentioned that the duty cuts will be effective till June 30 or so. Now when this might stay till then, there is NO guarantee that the manufacturers will NOT revise the prices upwards which will offset the price reduction.

Also after April, the discounts will be back in Oct / Nov, the major shopping season for most of India. I do NOT see any major benefits in you buying a car in May / June instead of now or after Oct 2014.
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Someone mentioned that the duty cuts will be effective till June 30 or so. Now when this might stay till then, there is NO guarantee that the manufacturers will NOT revise the prices upwards which will offset the price reduction.
The new government will have to announce a full budget by the end of June and hence the talk that the excise cuts may not continue after that. It's all a question of how the next govt tries to balance the books (or not). I'm sure car companies will hold prices till that time as they will also wait and watch. In addition, they've seen a small fillip in sales and they'd want that to continue.
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Hello!

I guess I'm way too late to answer this question but November - December, the year-end is arguably the perfect time to get the best deals on car purchases. Most people hold off on buying at this point to save on depreciation that comes with the car. However, in some cases, the deals that you get may be worth more than the depreciation that your model will face by being from an earlier model year.

Dhanteras is considered auspicious to buy a car but if you are open to the timing of your purchase you could save big in the process. I had financed my car (Hyundai i10) this time years ago through HDFC Bank which somewhat helped me save money on insurance and gave me some relaxation on my EMIs. Unless you are in a hurry to buy one during the festive period, I would recommend waiting until December. That's when dealers are looking to clear the current year's inventory before the fresh model years units arrive.

However, if you are looking to buy a car during Diwali to snag some killer discounts. The discounts are going to vary depending on the brand and car you're choosing. If you are open to the timing of your purchase you could save big in the process.
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