That sense of accomplishment is a great feeling when you buy your first car! More often than not, it is a small car with a price tag hovering in the range between 3 – 6 lakh that is a first car. For anyone buying a car for the first time, there are a lot of questions in mind regarding different things which a newbie would have. These would seem silly, but are important since we cannot forget, it is one of the biggest investments the person makes in life. Here, we have answered all possible questions that a first timer would ask.
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Is this the latest model?
Yes, buying a latest model is always a good option, as it comes with the best technology and equipment, that particular price range can offer. New cars are made in line with updated government policies with regards to emissions and safety. However, in a few cases, new cars have some flaws(like suspension setup, steering feedback) even after intense road testing, which can be a problem if you buy the newest kid on the block. So it’s a balance you have to seek between a new car and a tried and tested one that could be a better option. Not always it is that the newest is the best!!!
What is the engine capacity and is it responsive?
We get that you might have just learnt to drive or have been driving an entry-level car. But that does not mean, you just look at the engine capacity in numbers. There are a lot of things behind those numbers that matter. What is the power to weight ratio of the car, what are the torque figures, is it responsive(meaning, does it respond fast enough after you press the accelerator.) All these things won’t matter now when you are buying the car but after a few months, once confident with the driving capabilities, you sure would want to have some fun with the car and drive it bit more aggressively trying to enjoy the car. That time you do not want to be stuck with and under powered car and unresponsive engine. I suggest get a test drive and see for yourself what it feels like to drive one.
What is the interior comfort like? And the features?
This is equally important since you will be taking out your family out for outings and weekend trips and sure you want them to be comfortable. The features list goes up with the price of the car. The top end models are high on safety with ABS, ESC and Airbags which help avoid a crash and in case of Airbags, try to minimize the impact in times of a crash. So a high end model always is a better bet. Along with safety, top-end models come with additional features and accessories making your travel comfortable. You might get ORVM, power windows, better audio system, leather seats, adjustable steering wheel, parking sensors and cameras etc which could help you drive in better, with comfort. So I suggest go for the higher trims if possible.
What is the mileage, maintenance cost and resale value?
These are the most important points to consider while buying a small car. Newer models have improved a lot on efficiency which helps a great deal. Also, the insurance cost, the year-on-year depreciation on the car, the cost for part replacement all should be taken into consideration while making you decision. Resale value is a big factor if you plan to keep the car for just a few years. Nobody wants a car that would depreciate 70-80% in 3-4 years. So, the car brand comes into play here. Brands having mass acceptance usually depreciate slowly.
Should I buy a petrol or diesel car?
This is one of the most asked questions! It all depends on how much you tend to use the car. If you are using the car for daily commute which is more than 40-50 kms a day, diesel would make a lot of sense in the long run. But if you are using it just for weekend trips and to buy groceries, petrol will be feasible option.
So hope we here at AutoColumn have answered all your questions!! If you have any other additional queries, comment below and we would love to help you out!!!