Sold my 2011 Hyundai i20 to a Mahindra showroom: Here's why

Bought the car for Rs 6.3L and sold it for Rs 1.85L, almost a decade later.

BHPian Pancham recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

The car was sold off in January 2021 (a few months shy of completing a decade) in the midst of the pandemic. I still have mixed feelings about the car being sold. I had booked the Thar and I always intended to keep one car. So, inevitably, this car was going to be sold. So I got it evaluated by the Mahindra showroom guys. They started with INR 1L and eventually I negotiated it to INR 1.85L (it was INR 6.3L when new). The Road Tax (35K) and insurance (5-10K) were immediately due. So I think I got a half-decent deal on it. Also, there were issues cropping up every now and then so it was becoming a bit expensive to maintain. Nevertheless, this car will always remain very close to my heart and to this date, I miss it very much.

The sale process was surprisingly smooth. I was given the option to take a voucher - the amount would have been reduced from the Thar OTR when taking delivery. Luckily I opted for cash as I never got the Thar (they never delivered me the Thar after 11 months of waiting). The RC transfer took 15 days and I shared the new RC over Whatsapp.

The car was handed over to the Mahindra showroom guys. ODO was at around 69K.

Till next time! Adios old friend!


So, some of the issues I faced were as follows:

  1. Wiper movement issues (wipers getting stuck intermittently): When I got this checked, the ASC guys in Noida claimed that the whole wiper assembly had developed rust and needed to be replaced. Cost 19K.
  2. EPS module issue: This issue is well documented in this thread. I had to run from one corner of Delhi to another to source the parts and get this fixed. Later on, I realised I got the wrong part and paid almost as much as the ASC. Lesson learnt: for mechanical work try and stick to ASC. Steering getting stuck was a recurring issue btw. The Noida ASC guys quoted 30k. Eventually, transported the car to Kolkata and got the job done for 5k.
  3. Rusting issue: There was a bit of rust in the engine bay area that had developed long back. This was also at the back of my mind.
  4. Electronic ORVMs stopped working: Another expensive repair. The right side ORVM would not fold 9 out of 10 times.

Overall, wear and tear parts were cropping up now and again and they were expensive. Smaller issues included some of the steering buttons not working. Again ASC guys were not keep on fixing it as it involved a lot of work.

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