Finest pre-owned but dependable household automotive choice inside Rs 3.5 lakhs

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The automobiles in consideration shouldn’t be over 10 years previous (besides Toyota and Honda). I anticipate to be the second proprietor or at the very least the third proprietor.

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Good morning all my Crew-BHP associates, seniors and informal members.

I’m simply graduating from my faculty and I wish to personal a automotive albeit used for my private transport in addition to household use.

Background of automotive utilization in our household.

We personally have by no means owned a automotive earlier than. Till 2020, when my father shifted to Thailand for work and purchased a 2012 Honda Accord 3.5 V6 as his first automotive. It’s an computerized and boy does he love his automotive’s transmission and energy.

Again in India. I’ve lately graduated and I together with my father have purchased the thought of proudly owning a household automotive occasionally.

In a jiffy – the fundamentals:

My finances is round Rs 3 lakhs ± ₹50,000 give or take. The automobiles in consideration shouldn’t be over 10 years previous (besides Toyota and Honda). I anticipate to be the second proprietor or at the very least the third proprietor. I’ll ideally keep away from 4-5 house owners until there’s a very detailed service file.

The necessities:

Since that is my first automotive, I haven’t got a really clear thought of what to search for and I hope to show to the Crew-BHP discussion board for recommendation.

The essential necessities are as follows:

  1. Automobile ought to be mechanically dependable.
  2. Automobile ought to be from a present producer.
  3. Upkeep ought to be on the decrease aspect.
  4. Spare elements availability ought to be okay if not nice.
  5. Good driveability is a should.
  6. Gasoline effectivity ought to be 12-13 km/l within the metropolis.

The desires:

  • A driver’s automotive.
  • Rear seat consolation enough for lengthy rides.
  • A superb kind issue/presence on roads.

The dilemma:

  1. Purchase an computerized or a guide?
  2. Hatchback or sedan?
  3. Decrease floor clearance with a better scraping likelihood or excessive floor clearance with physique roll.
  4. German or Japanese or Indian make?

Many individuals have advised many automobiles however I really feel that these days too many selections within the used automotive market truly confuses me.

Tata, Hyundai and Renault have been successful or a miss within the opinions of my peer circle. TASS has been an enormous ache within the butt for one in every of my associates who, nevertheless, swears of the reliability of Tata Motors as his OG Indica (1999) has already clocked 2,50,000 km means again in 2018. So far as I keep in mind he was supplied many occasions to promote the automotive for one thing newer he denied it.

Concerning Hyundai, one in every of my closest associates has been a Hyundai addict. Their first automotive was a Santro XING adopted by an i10 after which a used Sonata and lastly the Verna. The serviceability of Hyundai has been glorious, nevertheless, he and his dad swear that Hyundai’s high quality just isn’t what it was. A 3-year-old Verna rattles and squeaks at each pothole and undulation on highway. XING is chugging alongside fortunately however reality to be instructed they accepted it was getting exhausting to maintenance the automotive.

Renault had the crappy opinions probably the most. Subham, my relative instructed me he as soon as noticed a Renault Kwid within the service bay that had its lug bolts minimize unfastened doing 80 km/h based on the upkeep guys. Scary for me as a result of I’ll have an occasional freeway run that might see speeds in extra of 100 km/h. Additionally, I personally felt that cost-cutting is most obtrusive in Renault.

This leaves me with Honda, Suzuki, Toyota and Mahindra.

Volkswagen and Skoda.

First, let’s speak concerning the Germans from my perspective.

The Germans are like a noble girl, with character, good behaviour, and gracious presence, however too expensive to keep up. Particularly older fashions with obscure service historical past. I noticed a 2014 Polo on Olx for Rs 3,48,000 with flawless paint and inside however did not dare contact with a 10-foot pole because it had DSG transmission. Identical for Skoda besides I discovered a plethora of 2011-2015 Very good for Rs 3,50,000 – Rs 4,00,000 in pristine situation. They depreciate like loopy however as I’ve heard that restore prices for such automobiles is crazier.

I need some trustworthy recommendation whether it is well worth the cash to purchase a used Skoda or Volkswagen!


Oh, the love for honda has been since childhood. The glossy civic that catches your eye even right this moment or the large boy accord that was the one v6 out there. Gone are these days. The reliability of honda is healthier than its competitors. I narrowed it all the way down to a third gen metropolis ideally the later 2012 -2015 fashions as I imagine earlier fashions did not include alloys. The town is comparatively secure because it had 2 airbags as normal together with ordinary seatbelt warnings. Discovered just a few honda civics too however often, 2008 or older fashions that must be re-registered or tax fail for like 10 -12 years so I imagine it was not value it.


Probably the most discovered automobiles on the used automotive market. Alto and wagon R. They’re nice metropolis automobiles however I really feel Alto’s driver seat to harsh for my butt and even rear seats lack any under-thigh assist or contours. Furthermore, they’re tin cans. One good automotive I discovered is the SX4 form of ugly in seems to be however who cares. Nevertheless, it is a tad tough to search out one in good situation or one which hasn’t been riced. Ciaz was means out of my finances and the Dzire sedan is boring in my view. Suzuki’s Swift hatchback is one contender in my used automotive hunt.


M&M has actually solely SUVs like TUV, XUV, Bolero and Scorpio. I imagine they’re means overpriced for his or her age and their (Bolero and Scorpio) dealing with is far to be desired. Additionally, Bolero I imagine is just too fundamental in right this moment’s age as a non-public automobile. M&M followers please do not bash me


Identical problem as that of Mahindra means overpriced for the age and kilometres pushed. My neighbour owned a 2005 Qualis that had 2,00,000+ km on its odo earlier than it broke, it was bought for Rs 2,50,000 plus one yr of tax that the client had cleared. The one worthwhile automobiles I got here throughout had been Etios and Corolla.

The Etios, nevertheless, based on Crew-BHP posts lack one thing like a seal that lets rainwater in and is not too good on its ac. Would love readability from some Etios house owners.

Corolla or the Corolla Altis are actually good automobiles they usually tick all my bins. Discovering one is a problem as most of them listed on-line have 3-4 house owners or ones which have round 10 listings every exhibiting the identical automotive at completely different locations.

The parking area just isn’t a matter of concern for me.

I narrowed down my selections to:

  • Honda – Metropolis, Amaze, Brio.
  • Toyota – Corolla.
  • Tata – Indigo Manza, Tiago.
  • Hyundai – i20, Grand i10, Accent.
  • Suzuki – Swift, SX4.
  • Renault – Fluence.
  • Skoda – None
  • Volkswagen – Polo, Vento (guide solely)
  • Mahindra – None.

I would really like the precious recommendation of staff bhp members relating to the acquisition of my first automotive.


Here is what BHPian Shreyfiesta needed to say on the matter:

Accord wasn’t the “solely” V6 in India through the late noughties, virtually all automobiles within the entry-level premium automotive section had V6 powertrains. Sonata, Very good, Teana, W204 C-Class (C230) and W211 E-Class (E280 CDI) had V6 powertrains.

Third-gen pre-facelift Metropolis’s V variant bought from the 2010 to 2012 interval comes with five-spoke alloy wheels.

The SX4 is roomy, comfy and inexpensive to keep up. In the event you don’t cowl an excessive amount of distance every day, the SX4 continues to be choice to contemplate. M16 VVT ones will be purchased for rock-bottom costs, drive decently, has a built-to-last really feel and rides very properly over our dangerous roads.

Corolla holds its worth fairly properly, this additionally means a second-hand instance will not be as low cost as you would possibly anticipate it to be. Most Corolla customers depend on authorised service centres so that you’ve got likelihood of discovering sparingly-used automobiles, because of Toyota’s service high quality. The 1.8-litre VVT-i-enabled engine is trouble-free and dependable. Get the MT model to completely exploit all of the 125bhp the unit places out, ATs are quick however take among the driving expertise away. Attempt to discover out a post-2005 ABS-equipped automotive.

Here is what BHPian anjan_c2007 needed to say on the matter:

Out of your checklist of probables, the Honda Metropolis, Amaze, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai i 10/20/Grand, Suzuki Swift and SX-4 are the one ones that I’ll go forward with. The others wouldn’t be worthy to purchase as pre-owned automobiles. Some fashions within the checklist are discontinued ones whose spares might be an issue inside just a few years.

To pick out second-hand automotive there are various thumb guidelines which are obtainable right here on this discussion board. In the event you get a low mileage, single-hand used automotive with a clear bodyline and engine such a automotive might be zeroed upon. Persistence is to be exercised and the search extends even as much as 3-4 months to get the appropriate one.

Here is what BHPian ninjatalli needed to say on the matter:

Could be helpful to undergo this thread with an identical ask from one other younger BHPian who was trying to get his first (and used) automotive. Though he began out with a barely completely different ask (“fanatic automotive”), the related choices and BHPian options just about got here all the way down to a lot of the ones in your checklist.

My private advice (and that is what I did almost 2 many years in the past for the same ask) – keep on with Maruti. Swift / SX4 / Ignis / Baleno are first rate choices for those who get them within the value vary. Alto K10 AMT is sort of enjoyable to drive so at the very least give it a shot for those who get used choices. However I would not be that choosy on the transmission given your finances however go together with the choices obtainable.

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