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  1. Why not Three Wheeler Scooter ???

    As the schools have started it's my daily routine to drop my kid to school and struggle for parking and struggle in traffic as most of the parents come to drop their school in their cars. Some time I feel to buy a Two Wheeler but I am afraid to use the same because it's not safe at all and I can't risk myself or my kids or my wife or family member for the same. May be some forum member will disagree with me about my being paranoid of using two wheeler. I sometime wonder why Honda / Bajaj / Mahindra / TVS / Etc..... don't come up with product which is (1) 'reasonably safe to drive' as well as (2) practical for commuting in city with (3) best possible mileage and (4) with acceptable price tag. If we ask above question Tata Motors will say they have NANO but at what price ??? 1.5L to 2.5L ??? May be someone don't want this much money to spend and what about parking problems and easy manoeuvrability and practicality of a two wheeler. ??? Why one need a four seater when his requirement is to sit one or two or three people max... if we ask to Honda / Bajaj / Mahindra / TVS / Etc..... they will say they already have best bikes and scooters at lowest possible price with best possible mileage. But I just need to ask Honda / Bajaj / Mahindra / TVS / Etc..... or any other reputed Indian two wheeler manufacturers (a) What about basic safety in your two wheelers ?? Safety always doesn't mean to have Airbags and other modern safety techniques but atleast the product should be safe basic terms. For e.g Two wheeler commuter need to balance themselves while riding on it and if for some reason it's out of balance there is risk so two wheeler doesn't provide basic safety and it require concious mind to be safe. ( Is it safe for me or my wife or kid or my any other family member ? © Are they assuring that It won't skid on wet surface ? (d) It won't fell down if somebody hits them ? (e) It will protect during rain as well as will protect from sun ? (f) Or it will protect their face from dust or any particles coming from front ? These two wheeler manufacturers put blame about safety for not wearing "HELMET". Is HELMET is enough for safety ?????? The main point here is our Indian manufacturers lacks innovation and they are not concerned about precious life of their consumers. They are more focused on commercial success , profits etc.... than to develop an entirely new segment or product from scratch which at least guarantee basic safety with low price tag , good mileage and practicality of two wheeler for which people love to own one two wheeler even if they have a four wheeler . Our Indian manufacturers are expert in copying than to create a new product with their own capabilities and expertise because an entirely new product involves lot of R & D and efforts. Our Govt / Media agencies and various other health departments shout out loud about health risk for smoking cigarettes or tobacco products and spend fortune amount to pass message to people for it's dangers and to avoid consuming the same but have anybody studied DATA of deaths due to TWO WHEELER ? I read lots of news where people died while riding two wheelers and they were the only bread winners for their families Or mother and father died leaving behind their small kids alone or etc.... Now to whom we should blame for this ? (a) Two Wheeler driver ? Or ( HELMET ? or © Wet / Oily / Bad Road ? OR (d) Other vehicle that hit the two wheeler OR (e) TWO WHEELER itself ? Answer is very clear " TWO WHEELER itself " The reason for my writing all above is , why can't the two wheeler manufacturer come-up with product such as THREE WHEELER SCOOTER ??????? What is the problem ????? Is gov't is hindering or our Motor Vehicle Rules don't allow such products ?????? Or OUR INDIAN TWO WHEELER MANUFACTURERS are DUMB for not even trying a new concept ???????/ Or there is something else ? ?????? Don't you also agree that these kind of product seems more practical and may bring or attract more customers and is more commercially viable than two wheeler or four wheeler because two wheeler need skill of balancing and four wheeler need skill of driving by understanding mechanism of clutch break and control on accelerator etc... which is not easy for many people. Three Wheeler scooters are compact in dimensions for easy manoeuvrability in traffic and can be parked in shortest possible space and will have much better fuel efficiency than a four wheeler atelast. These kind of product can be offered with many options such as longer seat which can accommodate three with luggage space below the seat etc.. There are lot's of innovations companies can offer in Three wheeler Scooter Even if we put aside all other points are don't you agree that Three Wheeler Scooter are more safe than a two wheeler for us as well as for our family members ? ? ? We can be tension free if we give it to our college going kids or if our small kids have gone out with their mummies to school or market etc.... Or Aren't we safe while going for office on three wheeler scooter instead of two wheeler ? ? ? ? Three Wheeler Scooter is not a new concept but it should be implemented and offered to consumers as an option to the two wheeler or four wheeler.
  2. Tata introduced SIERRA when Indian Compact SUV buyers were not mature enough and the Compact SUV term was something "ALIEN" to the industry as a whole. Tata Sierra was introduced as a lifestyle vehicle with Tag Line "It Takes the Rough with the Smooth" the TVC which was also quite impressive. Tata Sierra had all the right elements that a Compact SUV Buyer is looking for such as comfortable sitting capacity for 5, enough luggage space , unique design, compact dimensions, off-road capabilities , powerful engine etc... The main let down of Tata Sierra was not having openable window for the back seat which was suffocating for some. If Tata retain basic design and elements of original Sierra with some practical changes it can find takers . Sierra was a cult vehicle and had an attitude. The brand "Sierra" is still remembered and loved by the SUV lovers. Can Tata reintroduce Sierra Brand based on ARYA / Safari / SUMO Grand Platform ? Will it get success in this already crowded Compact SUV segment ? Whats your take ?
  3. Spied: Maruti Wagon R XRest

    7 Seat Wagon R OR extended wheel base Wagon R will make more sense atelast for India considering the way Wagon R is used by taxi operators as well as people who consider Wagon R fuel efficient . Adding more space will help to create space for luggage which is right now used by by CNG tank. Wagon R has created it's own niche in hatchback segment by projecting itself as very fuel efficient.
  4. Skoda is in India since quite some time and made reputation to hold it's position in sedan market where other manufacturers struggle to establish. 1st it was Skoda Octivia than Laura and also Superb also the existing Rapid all have and are performing well in it's segment. Now there is a great news that Skoda is introducing Facelifted version of Rapid which is in line with Skoda's new design philosophy and looks classy and one of the best looking sedans on our roads. Is looks like Skoda has a winner here and will bring back the customers who loved Skoda Octivia. Best of Luck SKODA MOTORS India.
  5. In terms of design Nexon wins over Ecosport (But it's matter of personal choice. I personally like Ecosport). But I feel mileage of Nexon would be better than Ecosport. Though on paper Ecosport looks better in terms of mileage but in real life condition Tata is always winner for better mileage. Ecosport is very well built tried , tested and successful car from Ford. Nexon is a new product and that too from Tata (so it may be a hit or miss)
  6. Tata Nexon

    Tata Nexon is good choice if you are working on tight budget and don't want to stretch beyond certain amount but if you are flexible than Ecosport is good choice. Breeza is also nice car if you want fuel efficiency , reliability , easy maintenance , resale value etc... but the interiors as well as the exterior according to me is bit outdated and not exciting. Tata Nexon's interior as well as exterior offers unique unconventional design and Ford Ecosport have kept the exterior somewhat unchanged and looks proper mini-suv and interiors looks far superior (Except speedo console) than both Nexon and Breeza. Ford has got most refined engine among the three and the driving dynamics are best offered in Ford as compared to Nexon and Breeza. If you want a pure driving machine than nothing is better than Ford Ecosport if you are looking for best value for money than Tata Nexon is good choice. If you want to play safe in all the factors than go for Breeza.
  7. Ertiga or Innova? Which is the best family oriented MUV?

    Though Innova is the best option but the budget specified is not suitable for new Innova but if you are planning for 2nd Hand than Innova would be a good choice as compared to Ertiga. I would suggest go for band new car instead of 2nd hand because you have a decent budget where you have lots of choice. Within your budget you can choose from the following : (a) Tata Safari Strome - (b) Maruti Suzuki Ertiga - (c) Tata Hexa - Little higher from your budget but very good option if you are ok with brand "TATA" (d) Renault Lodgy - take a look at "Stepway" version. (e) Mahindra TUV3OO - You can get comfort of AMT and there is 7 seater option. But there are mixed opinion about looks of TUV3OO (f) Mahindra Xylo - If you ignore the exterior looks than it is a good spacious family mover. (g) Chevrolet Enjoy - Though Chevrolet have closed it's retail business in India and if you are ok with taking risk to go for Chevrolet brand than you can negotiate best possible price for brand new Chevrolet Enjoy that may be lying in stock with some dealer. Best of luck and enjoy each and every step of your purchase.
  8. Tata Tiago - Hitting the right notes

    After a long time we see a product from Tata stable which looks capable and also has got a killer price tag Rs.3.20 - 5.54 lakh. With the help of Tiago it seems like Tata is trying to gain the lost grip in the passenger vehicles segment and the best part of it is the price. Indica gained the acceptance but could not stand against the competition due to lots of issues and inexperience of Tata Motors in small passenger vehicle segment. Tata Bolt could not bring the confidence in the customer due to brand "TATA" and steep price. Now Tiago has all the right elements that can attract a buyer to opt for the same such as exterior design interiors design features interior space and the most importantly the price. Only low point about Tiago is the after sales service. So it's a gamble that a customer have to play while taking decision about Tiago. People who have experience 1st Gen Tata Indica may come back to TATA again. If we keep aside specs related to engine the following specs of Tiago are impressive at the price it is offered as compared some other hatch. I feel grand i10 is still safe from competition from Tiago due to it's premiumness and the brand Hyundai hold more value than other. After comparing with competition it seems Tata Tiago is a big hatch at a small price. ---------------------- TATA Tiago ---------------------- Width 1647 mm , Height 1535 mm , Length : 3746mm , Wheelbase : 2400 mm Boot space : 240 Ltr Ground Clearance : 170mm _____________________________________________________________________ ---------------------- KUV1OO ---------------------- Width 1715 mm , Height 1655 mm , Length : 3765 mm , Wheelbase : 2385 mm Ground Clearance : 170mm _____________________________________________________________________ ---------------------- Renault Kwid ---------------------- Width 1579 mm , Height 1478 mm , Length : 3679mm , Wheelbase : 2422 mm Ground Clearance : 180mm _____________________________________________________________________ ---------------------- Celerio ---------------------- Width 1600 mm , Height 1560 mm , Length : 3600mm , Wheelbase : 2425 mm Ground Clearance : 170mm _____________________________________________________________________ ---------------------- Grand I10 ---------------------- Width 1660 mm , Height 1520 mm , Length : 3765mm Wheelbase : 2425 mm Ground Clearance : 165mm _____________________________________________________________________ ---------------------- Alto K10 ---------------------- Width 1495 mm , Height 1460 mm , Length : 3620mm , Wheelbase : 2360 mm Ground Clearance : 160mm _____________________________________________________________________ Way to Go TATA Motors. Best of Luck - Team Tata Motors - team Tata Tiago
  9. We have yet another mini SUV from M&M and it's Nuvosport or we can say highly modified and not so successful Quanto. This shows M&M is truly obsessed with SUVs and the top management must be thinking of only SUV and nothing else while planning to launch or planning to add new vehicle in their product range. Price Starts from : Rs.7.35 L (Approx) Basic Tech specs Engine : 1493cc mHAWK Diesel Engine with 2 Stage Turbo Charger. Max Gross Power : 74.6 kW (100 bhp) @ 3750 rpm Max Gross Torque : 240 Nm @ 1600 ~ 2800 rpm Gear Box : Manual and AMT Fuel Tank Capacity : 60 Ltr Gross Vehicle Weight (Kg) : 2220 Wheelbase : 2760mm Overall Length : 3985mm Overall Width : 1850mm Overall Height : 1870mm Seating Capacity : 7 Seater (5+2) Boot space : 412 ltr (expandable upto 850 ltr) Though many people may not like the exterior but I feel Nuvosport is a nice looking practical Mini -SUV with 7 seater option from M&M which is not getting it's due importance just like TUV or KUV. It looks more balanced from the size of the tiers to the selection of alloys to the overall stance the Nuvosport doesn't look quirky or overdone just like TUV or KUV. Nuvosport is based on the new Scorpio's Chassis and from the video of "Renuka Kriplani" we can say that the ride quality is far more better than Quonto. Though the ride may be bumpy on the rough roads or it may roll bit more than any other mini-suv while cornering , Novosport is a good highway cruiser and capable to face rough road with confidence. [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajccHteVp7w"]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajccHteVp7w[/url] The features , interior space, engine etc... are also acceptable to certain extent and Nuvosport looks more contemporary than the TUV 3OO . It may be tough for Nuvosport to compete with Ecosport , Breeza or Duster or equivalent mini-suvs but still M&M has offered a reliable mini-suv. Nuvosport is competitively priced "7 Seater" Mini-SUV and should be promoted aggressively.
  10. A "premium" hatch from Chevy will not be a good idea. Chevrolet may consider introducing new Cruze against City and Ciaz as the current Cruze have decent following and people who owns the Cruze are satisfied with what they have been offered. Chevrolet failed to create a distinct identity among the customers and with product offering scattered in different segments with very laid back marketing efforts. Also it looks like Chevrolet failed to connect with people strongly just like other brands. For eg. VW products are know for it's engineering. Toyota products are known for it's brand image and reliability, Maruti products are known for fuel efficiency, robust A.S.S. and reliability , Hyundai products are known for reliability, good A.S.S etc... . But sadly Chevrolet products have no distinct image for which customer gets attracted to buy it's product. Though at the time of launch of Captiva and Cruze Chevrolet had it's share of success but that remained for limited period due to some wrong offerings such as Enjoy, Sail and Sail UVA that hit the brand image hard. Chevrolet could stick itself into offering premium products as a brand building step for sometime. Chevrolet also failed to upgrade Cruze and Captiva that led to it's slow death. Cehvrolet has products in all the segments but most of them are a generation old or looks old and are not inline with the products that are burning sales chart Spark and Beat (Budget Hatch), - Old outdated designs. New Beat is expected soon but from the spy pics they don't look very impressive. Trailblazer, Captiva and Cruze (Premium Offering ), - Trailblazer may be good from inside but from outside it is not exciting and as against that there are option such as Fortuner, Endeavour and even Pajero (Sports) that are far more better looking and advanced. Captiva and Cruze - became old and looks dated. High priced and can not stand in competition due to "Brand" image. Tavera - Old Outdated Enjoy , Sail and Sail Hatch - Bugged by Chinese origin and blow average interior quality.
  11. Very few Auto Manufacturers consider performance as main USP to sell their cars in India than looks and new and latest kid on the block is POLO GTI. Only VW and Fiat are more adventurous to try and introduce new engines instead of the new car in their product range. We have seen lot of engines in Punto and the same is the case of POLO. From outside very few can identify difference between POLO and POLO GTI and one won't believe that the price tag of GTI is above 25 Lakhs. While it was quite acceptable for the price of Punto that was may be under 10 Lakhs (I am not sure about exact pricing) promising "Performance" of the cars that cost 3 times of it's price but POLO is directly entering in higher price range with very few or minimal exterior changes to it's existing ongoing POLO. Though GTI promises performance but do you think only performance matters to the Indian buyer when they pay a price which is above normal range and that too only for performance ? GTI may cross roads with Mini Cooper in terms of pricing but looks of GTI may not attract more buyers. GTI will remain only for those who knows it from inside and value the true German Engineering with pure performance.
  12. Nice job. Kwid looks awsome especially in 2nd and 4th as well as last image. A small change in alloy , tire size and body graphics make the entire car look different from what it actually looks. Kwid has an aura of premium look of Polo and doesn't look cheap like Alto K10 or Eon. Even the Datsun RediGo doesn't have that particular premium feel in exterior design.
  13. Next-generation Toyota Fortuner takes shape

    Ford Endeavour will have tough time to stand against Fortuner. I got chance to look new Fortuner closely and the way Toyota cleverly gave curves and covered the bulge on the exterior is commendable. Fortuner looks very proportionate considering it's huge size while Endeavour looks bulky as hell and from some angles it looks too big to even call it as a car.
  14. Baleno or Brezza, Which is better?

    @ Geerthi - Considering the conditions of the roads I suggest to go for Breeza than Baleno. Also if you go by current trend when people prefer to buy mini-suv type vehicles than a hatch if there is little difference in price. Breeza is more practical vehicle in terms of space (Cabin and Boot) , ground clearance , road presance etc.... Best of luck for your new purchase.
  15. The Tata Hexa crossover

    Aria was a dud product from Tata due to high price, Brand image and strong competition from Innova. Hexa should boast about it's feature as we hear that Hexa has got some features similar or taken from Range Rover. It is also to be seen how Hexa is positioned. While Innova Crysta is purely urban MUV having more focus on comfort features Hexa seems to have features that makes it capable to go offroad. Tata need to educate the prospective customers about exclusive features of Hexa that Innova Crysta is lacking to attract them towards Hexa. Also I hope that TATA will differ from introducing HEXA base version without the alloy wheels and side cladding. Hexa with current set of alloys and side cladding looks best and Tata should retain them same even in the "Base" version.
  16. The Tata Hexa crossover

    Totally agree with librankur. Atleast since last 1 year we are hearing about expected launch but Tata is not launching Hexa. The brand HEXA itself is not very strong .If Tata lanched Hexa along with new Innova than Hexa could get it's share of free publicity. New Innova is already burning the sales chart and people have blind faith in brand Innova. Though Hexa may be having lot many features than Innova Crysta but main factor that may attract people to Hexa would be Price.
  17. Rendering: Next gen Nissan Micra

    Seen some pics of probably production ready nextgen Nissan Micra which shares some design from Honda JAzz but Nissan have done great job by completely redesigning Micra from current bubble type eggshell design to aggressive design. From Interior to exterior everything looks promising.
  18. Fully loaded hatch or base variant sedan? What's your pick?

    The selection depends on what more is offered in TOP-END versions of hatch as compared to the base varient of a sedan. Some time for some unnecessary feature of Top end varient car makers charges premium which is not worth for the price you are paying. It also depends on the purpose of the buying vehicle. Some time you are specifically looking for a sedan than even if top end version of hatchback is loaded with features selection will be on base varient of sedan. If buyer is image conscious than base varient sedan would be the first choice than a top end hatch back. It depends on personal choice and overall feel at the time of test drive of both hatch and sedan. Some features in topend versions of hatch such as infotainment , upholstery , safety features, interior trim, colour selection, accesssories , sunroof, etc... are so nice that the base variant sedan looks like skeleton.
  19. Mahindra Nuvosport - M&M's SUV Obsession continues

    M&M seems to be lazy in promoting Nuvosport and also M&M failed to position Nuvosport against right competitors. Nuvosport can compete with Duster , Breeza , Ecosport etc... but it failed to garner interest just because the prospective customers are not well informed about the product. While M&M can rope in celebs like Varun Dhavan to promote KUV and Bahubali actor for TUV but M&M can't find any celeb for promoting Nuvosport. It seems M&M are not interested in Nuvosport due to some unknow reason to us.
  20. The reason for my writing this because I can't see nice and capable vehicles pushed into margin by M&M just because of their obsession with SUVs. Mahindra's ignorance towards VERITO and VERITO Vibe is killing nice reliable vehicles which can do wonders for the company. It seems like M&M is not at all interested in VERITO range and it looks like they have stopped promoting it completely. Though I may be very inexperienced to judge about reasons for Mahindra's ignoring VERITO range but personally I feel VERITO range should be given a chance by Mahindra due to it's inherited capabilities which other cars in similar VFM Segment are lacking. Renault Logan now Mahindra Verito when launched didn't turned head interms of it's looks but people accepted this vehicle whole heartedly for it's reliability , fuel economy , cabin space , boot space, highway cruising ability , wide back seat, comfortable front seat etc.... VERITO has cabin space and back seat comfort similar to HM Ambassador. Except for the looks the VERITO is very capable vehicle and has all the right elements to stand against other compact / VFM sedans / Hatchbacks such as Indigo CS , Swift Dzire (Tour Edition) , Swift Dzire , Indica, Wagin R etc.... I have not mentioned other compact sedans such as Hyundai Xcent, Honda Amaze , Tata Zest etc.. as they are more advanced and premium cars for comparing with VERITO. Though Dzire is also premium compact sedan but it is preferred by Taxi segment for it's reliability and fuel economy , low cost of ownership. Low cost VFM reliable Sedan / Hatch VERITO range still has lots of potential to be offered as economical Sedan / hatch within price range below 5 Lakhs where there is lots of scope as there are many people who have budget upto 5 Lkahs and are looking for a reliable vehicle with feature as mentioned above. Taxi Segment There is also a big TAXI Segment where VERITO range can do wonders. With the spread of fast communication technology and it's accessibility in the hands of large population by way of "Smart Phones" the call taxi business is growing faster than expected in every metro cities and they are providing very efficient mode of comfortable transport to commute within city. I frequently take services of OLA or UBER taxi and I have seen lots of Dzires , Indigo eCS , Indica eV2 , Wagon R etc... but they don't use VERITO or Verito VIBE which is equally capable to perform the task. Tata Motors have kept Indigo eCS and Indica eV2 in certain price bracket where people are looking for a practical , comfortable and economical car than gizmos and looks and it looks like TATA Motors is doing good with various versions of Indigo eCS and Indica eV2 . The same is case of Maruti Suzuki as there are lots of Dzires, Wagon R preferred by people and Taxi segment for it's best in class fuel economy and low cost of ownership. M&M have similar vehicles and can follow Maruti and Tata and can introduce VERITO and VERITO VIBE with killer pricing to perform in the segment where they can target a big chunk of population as well as can rule the Taxi segment. WHAT'S your opinion ? Is it OK if Mahindra ignores a sedan and hatchback which is capable to target a big chunk of population and focus only on developing SUV type vehicles ? OR Is Mahindra is making mistake by completely ignoring the only products they have viz. VERITO and VERITO Vibe to establish some space in segment where many car manufacturers are flourishing
  21. Though there are lots of cars are available within price range of 2 Lakhs but if you want to apply for loan and having very fixed budget and don't want to spend beyond certain fixed amount monthly on EMI than your selection gets very limited and out of that selection you need to choose the best possible option. Recently I happened to learn a lot about pre-owned cars and related things and I found out very useful information that I would like to share with you all. This information may be helpful for those who are looking for pre-owned car by availing LOAN facility and having very tight budget. All the following information is for reference only and is not binding. (1) Age of pre-owned Car to avail loan Generally Bank gives loan on pre-owned cars which is not more than 10 years old. Banks don't give loan on old cars. Any person who is looking for a pre-owned car and wants loan facility for maximum tenure (5 Years is the maximum tenure offered by most of the banks for pre-owned cars) should look for car which is not older than maximum 5 years from the current date to avail longest LOAN tenure so that monthly EMI reduces to the lowest. For eg. If a person is looking for pre-owned car today i.e. dtd 01-08-2016 and would like to take decision within 2 or 3 months should look for car having manufacturing date of atelast August 2010 so that he/she can get loan for atleast 4 years. Current Year Year of MFG Age of Car Loan Available for Years 2016 2007 9 Years Old 1 Year 2016 2008 8 Years Old 2 Years 2016 2009 7 Years Old 3 Years 2016 2010 6 Years Old 4 Years 2016 2011 5 Years Old 5 Years (2) Condition of the vehicle - Valuation / Inspection by the Bank Valuer Along with the age of car Bank get the car inspected by their valuer and decide it's value which is irrespective of the offer price or the price that buyer have negotiated with the seller. Bank approves the loan amount on the car as per their valuation only and also fix the tenure accordingly. The best part of availing loan apart from EMI is that the Bank only get the transfer done so buying vehicle on loan becomes very easy. Some time if the condition of the vehicle is good than Bank grants 100% loan so you don't need to pay single penny from your pocket upfront and you can start enjoy owning vehicle by paying just small EMI. Ensure that the Insurance of the vehicle is not expired and generally the value of the insurance is considered the highest loan amount that you can expect from the Bank. So try to negotiate with the seller for the price which is less than the Insurance value. (3) How to arrive at Monthly EMI figure I can not go much in detail about this because the interest rate and calculation of EMI changes from Bank to Bank but as per information available with me EMI on the pre-owned vehicle valuing Rs.200,000/- may arrive as below (APPROX). Information provided below is just to give idea. Current Year Year of MFG Age of Car Loan Available For (Approx) Cost of Vehicle Approx EMI 2016 2007 9 Years Old 1 Year 200000 Rs.21,400/- 2016 2008 8 Years Old 2 Years 200000 Rs.10700/- 2016 2009 7 Years Old 3 Years 200000 Rs.7150/- 2016 2010 6 Years Old 4 Years 200000 Rs.5350/- 2016 2011 5 Years Old 5 Years 200000 Rs.4300/- So If you have fixed your monthly outflow to Rs.4,500/- you can buy a pre-owned car worth Rs.2,00,000/- which should not be older than 5 years. Even if you opt for newer vehicle most of the bank gives loan for maximum period of 5 years. (4) Source of Purchase Finding a car within specified budget of under Rs.200,000/- and with AGE CRITERIA is most tiring process and requires lots of patience. You have to spend your valuable time to visit personally to the dealer or individual to inspect the vehicle who may be little far from your residence and you have to take decision with some gut feeling and with cross finger because you are not fully aware about the condition of the vehicle even if you are satisfied during initial test drive or thorough inspection even by your known mechanic. (a) Dealers : There are lots of dealers who offers pre-owned cars with "Certified" tag but I was surprised to learn that most of the dealers are not interested to make efforts to offer car with specific budget and age or they don't have much selection below the price of 2 Lakhs. I checked couple of reputed dealers such as "Mahindra First Choice" etc... but they didn't have cars within the specified budget or even if they have it limits to 1 or 2 cars. Also it is very surprising to learn that even if the car is certified while checking it physically you feel something awkward while driving the same and you feel that how come the dealer claims that vehicle is certified and how the certification of that vehicle is done. Also dealer tend to add lot of profit margin and generally dealers don't negotiate much. (b) Web portals : This is the best source to checkout the pre-owned cars within specified budget as you get lots of options from individuals and dealers un-know to you. You may refer to following websites cartrade.com , carwale.com , olx.in , quikr.in , cardekho.com , gaddi.com , and many more. As per my learning prefer to look for pre-owned vehicle near to your vicinity as it becomes easier for you to visit for inspection and also if you take decision to purchase the vehicle it becomes easier to collect necessary papers as and when bank ask for the same. Vehicle with local registration should be preferred. (5) Options Available within budget of Rs 200,000 suitable to avail loan on the same. The options becomes limited which you are looking for vehicle with multiple criteria and most importantly Budget and Age of Car. Some of the options are as below that matches the AGE and Pricing Criteria : (a) Tata Nano (b) Maruti Alto (c) Hyundai Getz (d) Hyundai Santro (e) Tata Indica (f) Tata Indigo eCS (g) Tata Manza (h) Ford Figo (Duratec Petrol) (i) Tata Vista (Petrol, Diesel) (j) Renault Logan (k) Fiat Linea (l) Fiat Punto (m) Hyundai Accent (n) Maruti Ritz (o) Maruti Wagon R (p) Maruti EECO (q) Maruti OMNI (r) Skoda Fabia Out of the above if we filter than following are the best option available (a) Ford Figo (b) Tata Manza (c) Skoda Fabia (d) Fiat Punto (e) Fiat Linea (f) Hyundai Accent (g) Maruti WagonR (h) Maruti Ritz (i) Tata Indigo eCS (j) Tata Vista (k) Renault Logan (l) Hyundai Getz (j) Chevrolet Beat Cars you should avoid : I asked couple of mechanics as to which car should be avoided while going for pre-owned and they informed to avoid RENAULT LOGAN , FIAT PUNTO and FIAT LINEA because repair and maintenance and parts availability is very difficult. Also the same thing I heard about Skoda Fabia but I feel Skoda has the best build quality among all other options available within price of Rs.200,000/- I feel Tata Manza and Hyundai Accent are the best available options as both are sedans and they offer big cabin space, luggage space and basic comfort features at small budget. Hyundai Accent looks bit old but offers acceptable fit and finish and Tata Manza still posses that road presence and the overall design is very imposing but fit and finish , electricals , mechanicals etc.. may raise some doubts Tata Indigo eCS is also one of the good option and looks best in Grey and Burgundy colour but than build quality and the overall feel and ownership experience is always a big question mark. Among the Hatchback Ford Figo seems to be the best option available as it offered lots of features such as inbuilt music system, acceptable cabin space, big boot space and peppy engine and FORD Badge that offers a feel that Tata or Hyundai can not offer. Hyundai Getz is also a good option. Tata Vista can be opted purely for it's big cabin space. (6) Unexpected offers You may come across some unexpected vehicles within price range and you should take a chance to atleast look at it. You never know some time you hit the jackpot but be very careful as there are more frauds than genuine offers when looking for pre-owned vehicle in sources unknown to you especially through internet. If you stretch your budget a little more by 50K to 100K than there are options available such as Toyota Etios and Etios Liva, Ford Fiesta. Some very good Ford Fiesta are available below 2.50L but I personally find cabin of Ford Fiesta too small but if you want a pure driving machine than Ford Fiesta is good option within fixed budget. Etios and Etios Liva are good options if you have budget for pre-owned car upto 3.00 to 3.25 Laksh (7) Negotiation Negotiation is also very important and when you are looking for a car within fixed budget look for car with little higher price than your budget and try to negotiate to bring the price down as per your expectation. Sometime seller accepts your asking price if he feels that his vehicle is going in good hands. Don't feel ashamed to ask your price. You may find some seller behave rudely when price is negotiated but ignore the rudeness and stick to your budget. Seller may agree if he/she really wants to sell. Negotiate you price with valid points such as Age of car, ODO reading, overall condition , scratch marks, tire condition, expected expenses etc... so that seller also gets convinced about it's car's weak points and may agree to your asking price. While buying pre-owned car learn about vehicle owners lifestyle as well as job / profession because the condition of vehicle is totally dependent on the person who owns it and for what purpose he is using the vehicle. Also apart from looking at the condition, ODO, Year of MFG etc... try to experience overall feel when you take test drive and how you get connected to the vehicle. Try to experience the vibes from the vehicle owner as well as from the vehicle. Some time you get some negative feeling from person who is selling or from the vehicle, avoid opting for such deal even if everything looks OK but from inside you are not feeling comfortable about the same.
  22. Tata Tiago - Hitting the right notes

    I also saw couple of Tiago on road and it's a pleasant surprise to see a TATA Car matching it's design with famous cars like Grand i10 otherwise we see most of IndigoCS and Indica with "T" badge or the oversized Manza. I agree Neeraj. Reviews about petrol engine is not something to talk about but may be Tata must have focussed more on "Fuel Economy". Interiors of Tiago is quite acceptable at the price at which it is starting.
  23. Why another coffin car? :((

    Yes. I agree. Though Honda tried to give macho look to B-RV but still it lacks that Pure Mini SUV effect that Creta , Ecosport or Breeza is offering. It is tough for Honda to eat market share in premium mini-suv segment especially of Creta
  24. Tata Tiago - Hitting the right notes

    This shows Tata's new strategy to play with the price and this may reflect in HEXA also.
  25. Skoda Rapid Facelift - The Game Changer for Skoda India

    Heard news that sale of Vento is banned in India so Skoda can gain out of it by introducing facelift Rapid to take maximum advantage of this situation. Any news about when the Rapid Facelift will be launched ?