Originally Posted by wyswyg
@srinivas_gs Thank you for your suggestion. Yes, you got it right from the thread title. It's my first car, means I'm not a experienced rather novice driver who just passed out from the driving test :-)
Even I was considering secondhand car which is more sensible both financially and as a novice driver. But I'm not sure if I'll be victim of some cheat. Friends are saying NEVER EVER go for secondhand car as its a hit or miss (50-50) as you do not know how the owner was driving the car, if the odometer has tampered, etc.... many genuine questions.
@HaruH Frankly I do not like the looks of brio. And I do not want to buy something which I do not like.
Well there are tricks from saving us from bad cars .My suggestion go for second Hand and practice till you perfect it.
Here are some tips
In India, Japanese cars enjoy the best long-term resale value because of their reliability, but diesel cars also sell well on the second-hand market. Reliability should be high on your checklist; research it by looking at the quality ratings of each car.
2) Check the Original Certificate of Registration – see if anywhere it reads DRC issued (DRC means Duplicate Registration Certificate). Ask for it in writing that the Original Certificate of Registration is available.
Ask for it in writing that the Car is an accident free car.
Do not believe the Speedometer reading as almost every car sold by a dealer is calibrated – add at least another 20000 Kms. to whatever is showing on the speedometer. Check the tyres for date of manufacture – the date of manufacture should be two or three months before the date of purchase of the car as mentioned in the Certificate of Registration. This gives you a fair idea whether the car’s speedometer reading is genuine or not.
5)Insist on a duplicate key – if the duplicate key is not there – most likely it would be with the Finance Company.
Avoid buying a car which has been repossessed/confiscated by the Finance Company – you will not get the Original Certificate of Registration and besides you may end up in problems with the original buyer even though the car maybe transferred in your name.
Check where the car is being serviced – you can find this out in the Car Manual but in the event that the manual is not available – most of the service companies put the sticker on the cars – call them with the car number and ask them for the history of the car. Also, you can check with the service company as to what was the last service date and the Km. reading recorded with them at the last service – this way you can figure out whether the speedometer has been tampered with or not.
8) Preferably if you know someone in one of the service stations or having been using one – take the car for a drive there and ask them to evaluate the car.
9) Use only reputed car dealers who advertise for accident free vehicles and who have had a good reputation in the market for a number of years.
Maruti as well as Hyundai have a division dealing with used cars –
buy preferably from them though they would be slightly more expensive than the market but remember that the car is certified by the manufacturer.
Please do not go by the outward appearance of the car – get it checked. Remember all that glitters in not gold.
Never buy a modified car: You can be certain a modified car was driven “enthusiastically” by its previous owner and there can be uncertainty about the quality of the modifications. Walk away from any highly modified car.
Lightly used cars: A car that is ten years old with only 30,000 km on the odometer is probably not a good buy. Cars are built to run and long periods of inactivity cause problems.
Expert friend: If you don’t know much about cars, bring a knowledgeable friend or mechanic with you. They may discover problems unknown to you and a second opinion can be helpful or even a nearby mechanic .