I have been researching cars for about 6 months now.I am planning to
buy my first car next month.My query may sound strange enough as It includes 3 cars
,each from a different segment.
First I would like to define my requirement here according to TAI
suggestions. My Budget
: 7 lacs(If I buy now),10 lacs if I can wait for another 6 months. My Location
: Hyderabad Top 5 Prioritie
s: Here are my top priorities not in any particular order
1)Fun to drive
: So that every weekend when my wife wants to go to shopping mall,I should be glad to drive her there.In short every time I drive my car ,it should bring smile to me.My 70-80% driving will be in city so I am more concerned about minimal/no turbo lag with good handling/maneuverability.
: I don't want a 500 ltr boot space,but it should not be like alto(no offense intended,it is a nice car) either.My hometown is Jabalpur ,approx 800 km from Hyderabad,I will be going there at least 4 times a year ,with my wife and my kid.So I need enough space to be able to keep 2-3 mid size bags/suitcases.
y: My monthly running will be around 1000-1200 km.It may increase in a year or too(depends on Fun to drive factor :-)).So I would like a car which is fuel efficient.15 in city and around 20 on highway are figures I am looking forward to.
: I would like ABS
and airbags with the car,though they add some vitamin M to the car's price,I feel they are well worth it.
:The maintenance should not be high.I undertand high/low are relative terms,but I would like something which does not dig big holes in my pocket every 6 months.
6)After Sales Service:I am not expecting a Maruti like treatment,but still it should not be the Skoda way.(No offense to Skoda owners) My Monthly Running
: My monthly running inside city will be 1000-1200 km.I will drive to jabalpur(800kms) every 3-4 months.Apart from that occasional weekend outs will be there ranging from 200 to 300 kms.I feel I can safely say that 70-80% will be city drive and rest will be on highway. Purpose
: Basic purpose here is family trips and use in city. Max. Seating Capacit
y: 4,occasionally 6(including driver) Priority of Fuel Type
: With petrol prices skyrocketing like this,I will prefer
diesel here.But if the mathematics of monthly running suggests otherwise I will go ahead with petrol too. Body Type
:Big hatchback or a Sedan.
I would like to add about the cars I mentioned in the title here. 1.Spark
Considering the points above,you may feel that spark should not even be mentioned here,but I test drove it and liked it's drive-ability very much.The only problems I had with it were
not available even as an option too.
The biggest advantage I feel here for this car is the VFM
that It's top end(LT) is being offered in Hyderabad at 3.9 lacs OTR,with stereo
,rear-defogger,fog lamps,roof rails.Also I like it's looks (interior as well as
exterior).That is why added it here. 2.Figo
This is what the mind suggests after considering my requirements.But unfortunately we get a heart too which at many(or should I say most?) times chooses to differ from the mind.I love the car,I have test driven it twice,the drive-ability is good,and it comes with ABS
and almost everything I am looking for in my car.
Honestly I don't find any cons in the car,but my heart wants to think more,look more,find more. 3.Fiesta
Love at first sight,that is what I felt once I sat inside,and driving it blew my mind away,superb handling,excellent drive-ability.You actually don't feel that you are maneuvering a big car inside the city while driving it.this is something my heart wants and wants it badly.But considering the vitamin M factor,I better listen to my mind here.Top end is being offered at 9.8 lacs OTR.
I will stat my confusion with the conversation that goes in my mind. Mind
;Figo is the best choice for you man.Go get it. Heart
:If you buy figo now,you can forget your love for another 3-4 years
and as she is going to be replaced very soon by a new version,you may not
be able to buy it later. Mind
;But 10 lacs is a big money and you know you have responsibilities,don't go with emotions,calm down,take a deep breath and think. Heart
:If you are so hell bent on saving money,why don't you go ahead and buy spark,After all you like it very much,it VFM
,its very much drivable in city and 4-5 highways drives in a year can be managed with it.Buy it now ,use it for 6-8 months,and then when your running increases ,sell it,buy a fiesta (assuming you will have enough Vitamin M for it 6-8 months down the line).This way while you lay your hands on your fiesta,you will already be an experienced driver and you will know how to maintain/drive your car properly. Mind
:See,If I have to sell the car later and buy Fiesta,Figo is still a better choice,because
1)It is a diesel car,so resale will be definitely more than spark.
2)Being a Ford car,you may fetch better exchange bonus at the time of Fiesta purchase.
3)Don't give me this argument that before buying fiesta ,I should buy a small car and learn,how to maintain a car. Heart
Friends,This keeps on going inside me,Even when I am eating,watching TV or trying
to sleep.Please give me some suggestions and pull me out of this dilemma.
Thanks a lot for your patience ,If you have read it upto this line