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Hi, I am a working professional recently started my career & i am a first time buyer. I am having a budget of around 2.10-2.35 lacs. i am looking for a used car in this budget. i am based in Pune and my daily running is around 50 km. Pls suggest which car will fit in my budget & buying car from Maruti pre owned or Mahindra first choice would be a viable decision or not?
By Prashant 04 April 2010

hey buddy,Firstchoice is not a very good option. Maruti is ok, but they charge tooooo much premium for cars and its not worth it. I myself being a first time buyer went through the same indecisiveness like you are. Saw a lot of used cars and how dealers are ready to rip you off.

So finally I got a brand new Chevy Spark and I am very happy that I didnt buy a old car. If you just add 80 thousand or so to your budget you would get a brand new spark. 3 years service free etc etc.

And moreover a used car is like a big risk for first time buyers like us as we dont know whether the car is good or bad.

Answer by Abhi 04 April 2010

All you need to do is to get a good mechanic to certify the car you are thinking of buying. This is just a car you are buying, not a spacecraft. It is fairly easy to see if the engine compression, suspension, chassis, body, electricals and critical parts are in good shape or not. Don't worry about there being some unknown demon in your car. You should be able to get a very good condition Alto, Zen, Santro or even an Opel Corsa or Honda City. Just drive all the cars you find at this budget range, and when you feel happy with the feel of one, get a mechanic to check it out for you. It is worth the Rs.500 you can pay him!

Answer by B S Kumar 04 April 2010

What is your first choice? A sedan or a hatchback?
Can you afford petrol car?. If your annual running will be around 14000-15000 kms, go for petrol.

Petrol hatchback:
1. Zen mpfi: you would get an excellent condition around 2-2.1 lakhs. Low maintenance ,excellent FE(16-17 in city), great resale, wide spread maruti sevice network.
2. Hyundai Santro : Peppy engine, fun to drive. FE 12-14 in city. Good resale(but < Maruti). Spares will be a bit costlier.

Petrol Sedan:
1. Baleno : blindly go for it. One of the best sedans in INDIA. FE 13-14 in city. 17-18 on highway. Completely a drivers car. You would get one in your budget range. I own one and believe me it's amazing.
2. Honda City : A car I have a very high respect for. The only problem is that you not get a good condition one in your budget range.

Answer by Abhijit 04 April 2010

Hi, Prashant, i m resi in mumbai, i have a getz gls 2005 model black col very good in condition 2 nd owner, the car is in very nices condition if u r intersted than let me know i want 2.45 for my car it is worth for the same
9820717338 my cell no u can call me

Answer by Deven Sheth 04 April 2010
Expert`s comment:

Byuing from Mahindra First choice is a good choice and you get certification for good condition of car but the cst could be bit higher than if bought outside.Advantage is that buying process is lot easier. The best method is to get help from friends familiar with particular car or mechanics for checking approximate condition of car and based on analysis of market value for that model you can buy a car.Here lot of involment is needed.
In the budget range mentioned best selection would be that of a Santro.

Answer by Shiva Shankar 04 April 2010

I think an ALTO will be better

Answer by NAZER HASSAN 04 April 2010


I hv an Alto vxi 2006 Model. I am interested selling black colour 2nd owner.
If u r intersted than let me know i want for my car it is worth for the same
9819577741 my cell no u can call me

Answer by Kapil K 04 April 2010
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