Been managing with a bike since the past couple of years, but time's come for me to get myself a car. My monthly running will be around 1500-1800 kms and therefore I have decided to go in for a Diesel. Moreover, maximum budget that I can go upto will be 6L. Looks like I will have to get a hatchback for this price.
Here's something about myself: I have never owned a car in my life and this will be my first. However, I have been a biker for god knows how many years now and hopefully I will adjust myself to a four wheeler pretty soon.
The following are the key points that I am looking in a car:
with power windows, decent interiors etc hopefully with the car sustaining for the next 5-6 years.
2. I really like a looker in a car, so this point comes in second.
3. I spend around 250 bucks on autos for office commute daily. So you can understand what a ride I am having for that distance!!! so I am looking at good quality ride.
4. Decent Fuel Economy
5. Being a first time owner, decent after sales service.
6. Resale value - Does this really count if I am planning to keep the car for the next 5-6 years? I feel this is not at all critical. Hopefully, after this period I am able to sell the car for a decent amount.
7. Rear seating is not critical since people travelling will be 2 (my gf and I) and sometimes maybe a total of 4, but this is going to be a rarity.
8. Boot space - good thing to have but not necessary.
Here's what I did:
Did a complete search of the available cars for this price. Finally, found that I have options between Swift VDi, Ritz VDi and Fiat Punto 1.3 Dynamic.
Here's my take on each of these cars: Swift VDi:
1. This car sells and how! Dealers here in Mumbai still do not give any discounts after so many years
. - Advantage
2. Heard good things about Maruti After sales service - Advantage
3. This car is really common here in Mumbai. Everybody seems to have bought this car. Moreover, just my preference, I have not necessarily liked the look of this car - meaning sometimes I just like it, but most of the times I do not. Disadvantage Ritz VDi
1. Bad rear end of the car. Looks like Maruti fired the designers halfway while this was being designed. Did not like this at all Disadvantage
2. 10 K discounts mentioned in the Times of India today. The dealer also promised this even before the ad was out - Advantage
. New car, makes me wonder why discounts so soon in its life cycle.
3. Out of all the 3, I felt this had the best interiors and best rear seating capacity. If my folks were here with me in Mumbai, would certainly have made sense for a family of 4 - Advantage
. Fiat Punto Dynamic 1.3
1. I just loved the looks of this car. This is one of those cars that's made me say "wow" the first time I have looked at it - Advantage
2. Interiors are just about ok, I mean compared to Swift a little better according to me, but no way near Ritz - Can live with this
3. Rear space is just about ok, maybe better than Swift. I am 5'11" and I was able to fit in easily and did not find this a constraint - Certainly not going to kill me
4. when I drove this car, I have to say this: My boss has a Toyota Corolla. I felt this car had better driveability than the Corolla. Big Advantage
5. Ride is superb in this car. Advantage
6. Hearsay: After sales service ****s as far as Fiat is concerned. Is this true here in Mumbai? Disadvantage
Guys, now am really confused. Understand that whatever I have put above is my sum total experience with cars for a period of 2 months maximum. As I mentioned before, do not have much experience with cars.
Here are my queries:
1. The key points that I have put above are what I just felt I would want in a car. Are these enough or should I consider in more factors?
2. If I am keeping a car for such a long period, what other factors should I consider?
3. What are your thoughts on the above mentioned 3 cars? I presume these are the only ones I can consider with a budget that I have.
Confusing, frustrating - that's what I am feeling right now
. What do you guys think?
PS: Sorry for such a long post, I hope you understand
. But hopefully, whatever I decide on with your help, I want to keep updating this thread so that this will be of use for somebody looking for similar information.