Budget Rs 5 lakh: Used automatic car for my wife to practice driving

Plan to own it for a year, before selling it off & purchasing a new car.

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Hello. We are looking for an automatic second-hand car for my wife to practice driving.

  • Budget: Under Rs 5 lakhs
  • Safety: The more the better within the budget
  • Brand: Open to all currently producing cars in India
  • Location: Bengaluru

Ownership horizon: Own it for 9-12 months and then sell it off before buying a new car.

I am planning to buy it within a month.

All suggestions are welcome.

Here's what BHPian Durango Dude had to say on the matter:

Grand i10 automatic, not the AMT but the regular torque converter gearbox it came with originally. Buy a good example and retain it, it doesn't make sense to switch cars within a year.

Here's what BHPian Joelinf had to say on the matter:

3rd gen Honda City makes good sense. You can get a good one around 4 lakh. After a year you will get a good resale as well. Well-rounded car and won't let you down. All the best for car hunting.

Here's what BHPian RijuC had to say on the matter:

Buy a new Maruti Suzuki Ignis AMT Auto and forget the second-hand things:

  1. Second-hand market is on fire nowadays.
  2. You won't get good, easy, trouble-free and maintenance-free AT in the second-hand market for entry-level cars. Older Maruti AMTs were not that great. Difficult to find Toque converters.
  3. The Ignis AMT is a good entry-level AMT car for city manoeuvring and bumper-to-bumper traffic of Bangalore.
  4. Visibility is very good and driving Ignis is easy in city traffic. And also in the hills. I have driven AMT Ignis in hills (Nainital and Pangot) without any trouble and shortcomings for 4 adults+1 12 years old youngster+3 days luggage for all of us.
  5. What I did to learn driving quickly- last 4 days 1 hour driving in my own car with the instructor in my usual locality and through little congested roads. Last day on the highway through my daily office commute route. Take it easy. One can't do great mistakes with this AMT Ignis.
  6. Maruti Suzuki's resells value is very good. You can get very good value if you decide to upgrade after a few years.

Here's what BHPian Kosfactor had to say on the matter:

I recommend not to purchase a vehicle at all now, Use the services of a driving school and pay for an X number of sessions where she can practise with supervision. Once confident enough, go ahead with a new car. This whole thing would work out a lot cheaper and safer.

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