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Lockdown 4.0: Cars you can buy below Rs 75,000

More and more people want to get mobile. Looking at the current scenario not many would want to spend big bucks on a car. Here is a list of cars you can buy if you are on a budget and save yourself from the risking it with public transport.
Used cars are phenomenal value for money and the best way to go.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Many might be considering buying their own set of wheels.
  • Public transport suddenly feels like a scare.
  • The dilemma remains what to buy.
The world is reeling under a pandemic of incredible magnitude. Economies have gone for a toss and the priority right now is to save as much money as possible and yet stay safe. The first thing which you should do is to stay home and comply with all social distancing norms. However the world has to go on and if you are one of those relying on cabs to get from point A to B, we are sure you are thinking about how to skip this option without breaking the bank. You can be a professional or a student or even a housewife. It just does not matter. So what is the way out?
The cheapest car available in the market today will set you back at least Rs 3 lakh and this is a sum you might not be willing to spend at this time. So for the time being, the best thing to do is to probably buy a used car. Used cars are phenomenal value for money and the best way to go. This is primarily because you might get a car which is already loaded with features; something which you might not get in an entry level variant. The first thing which we recommend is to buy a car which is not more than seven to eight years old. Small cars like the Tata Nano and the Maruti Suzuki Alto makes most sense then. One must also understand that in some states like Delhi and the entire NCR cars over 15 years old are not allowed to run on the road. You will not be able to get a fitness certificate as well. This will render your car worthless. So do not get lured by getting a high end car for cheap. Another factor is for those who live in the other parts of the country which still allow re-registration of older cars. Please ensure that the fitness certificate is valid for at least a few years. Cars like the Maruti Suzuki 800 and the Esteem fall under this category. They are still super reliable and even parts are available readily and this makes them great deals. Also remember that high end cars are much more expensive to maintain. So avoid. No matter what you buy, ensure clear paperwork. There should be no hypothecation on the registration certificate preferably. Even if there is the owner should be able to give you a clearance certificate for the same. Now that we have the basics done with, let’s get to the five best options to get mobile at this time.

Tata Nano

The top of the line recommendation from us is surely a used Tata Nano. Since we say this it is but apt to take you through the various models launched through more than a decade and also tell you what to look out for. The Nano was launched in 2008 amidst much fanfare. The first gen models came in three variants, the base, followed by the CX and then the top of the line LX. The LX is the one to have and it came with better NVH packaging and even a booster in the brake system. It also got front power windows and an AC.
The Nano was launched in 2008 amidst much fanfare.

The top of the line recommendation from us is surely a used Tata Nano. Since we say this it is but apt to take you through the various models launched through more than a decade and also tell you what to look out for. The Nano was launched in 2008 amidst much fanfare. The first gen models came in three variants, the base, followed by the CX and then the top of the line LX. The LX is the one to have and it came with better NVH packaging and even a booster in the brake system. It also got front power windows and an AC. However generation one Nanos were plagued with teething issues which included AC gas leakage and electrical gremlins. Another downside was the lack of an opening tail gate. These cars are available from as low as Rs 20,000 for the CX models and go all the way up to Rs 50,000 for the LX variants. However we recommend the later GenX variants which were launched in 2015. These variants came better quality, a more powerful AC, power steering and even an openable tail gate. This is the variant we recommend. In case you can, hunt down the automatic variant which is extremely easy to drive and park. The GenX Nanos go for upto Rs 75,000 and this makes them phenomenal value for money.

Maruti Suzuki Alto

The Alto has been a forever car for India. It comes with an ultra reliable 800 petrol engine which is known to be properly bomb proof. Fuel efficiency is top class and even spares are cheap. It also feels a lot more solid than the Nano.
The Alto has been a forever car for India.

The Alto has been a forever car for India. It comes with an ultra reliable 800 petrol engine which is known to be properly bomb proof. Fuel efficiency is top class and even spares are cheap. It also feels a lot more solid than the Nano. The Alto however is not very spacious inside and one has a feeling of compactness within the cabin. It also offers good resale value and when time comes to part with it, one will not lose out on too much money unless you have wrapped the car around a lamp post. Check for the drive shafts up front which tend to wear out in older cars. A five to six year old Alto with around 60,000km on the odometer is generally available around the Rs 75,000 mark and let’s tell you that if kept well, these little hatchback run till eternity.

Hyundai Accent

The Accent was excellent value for money when launched and fought it out with the Maruti Suzuki Esteem. It is a sedan and will offer you a wee bit more snob value. However the low driving position might not be to everyone’s taste. While the engines are pretty reliable, check the AC unit properly. Do not forget that you are buying the car in peak summer and sweating it out in the car is not a good idea.
Many Accent owners end up converting their cars to run on CNG.

The Accent was excellent value for money when launched and fought it out with the Maruti Suzuki Esteem. It is a sedan and will offer you a wee bit more snob value. However the low driving position might not be to everyone’s taste. While the engines are pretty reliable, check the AC unit properly. Do not forget that you are buying the car in peak summer and sweating it out in the car is not a good idea. Also check for rust around the windscreen and doors. Many Accent owners end up converting their cars to run on CNG. Check that the papers are legitimate and that the CNG kit has been endorsed in the registration certificate. Ten year old Accents which still is road legal for another five years atleast come for as low as Rs 50,000. Newer cars are getable for Rs 75,000.

Hyundai Santro Xing

Santro was launched in our country way back in 1998 as the Santro Zip Plus. We definitely do not recommend you buying this model. We recommend the Santro Xing which was launched around the year 2003. Go for the newer models which came with good features like central locking, AC, power windows and so on.
We recommend the Santro Xing which was launched around the year 2003.

The Santro was launched in our country way back in 1998 as the Santro Zip Plus. We definitely do not recommend you buying this model. We recommend the Santro Xing which was launched around the year 2003. Go for the newer models which came with good features like central locking, AC, power windows and so on. Cars registered around 2012 are available for Rs 50,000 and the last batch of cars command even more value. The Santro Xing will also impress you with more space within the cabin and spares are cheap too. One thing which you have to be careful off is the body which is prone to rust. Check window seals and door shuts for rust. If you find rust in these locations, walk away.

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R

Maruti Suzuki Wagon R was launched in India in the year 1999. However we recommend you to stay clear of the first generation model primarily because of their age. Our recommendation would be the second generation Wagon R which was launched in 2010. A 2013 or a 2014 model car will be in the market now priced between Rs 50,000 and Rs 75,000.
Our recommendation would be the second generation Wagon R which was launched in 2010.

The Maruti Suzuki Wagon R was launched in India in the year 1999. However we recommend you to stay clear of the first generation model primarily because of their age. Our recommendation would be the second generation Wagon R which was launched in 2010. A 2013 or a 2014 model car will be in the market now priced between Rs 50,000 and Rs 75,000. Most cars will come with aftermarket CNG kits and we recommend you check whether the kit is legally notified on the registration certificate. Make sure that there are no leaks in the system and the parts used are genuine. The Wagon R is an extremely spacious car and comes with a fuel efficient petrol engine. The clutch and the steering are light too and this makes driving this rather large hatchback easy to drive. Also check whether the drive shafts are in good order. The way to check it is to take a 360 degree turn and look out for crackling noises from the front. If you hear noises then the drive shafts will have to be replaced.

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