I am a newbie driver & learnt driving only few months back. From the day I sat in the driving class car ( Swift Dzire ), the thought of gifting a car for myself grew in me & finally decided to buy one.
Since I am still learning driving, the obvious question of buying a used / new car bothered me as well for about week. After talking to my friends & some online suggestions, finally decided to take the middle path .. 1 year old pre worshiped car (neither new nor old )
. Budget ? 3 - 4 Lakhs
Now came the question of brand ??. Again went back to friends for their advice. Since I have minimum knowledge of maintaining a car, all had one thing to say. buy any Maruti Suzuki ... of-course !.
I explored all models through private dealers & true value showrooms in Bangalore & man.. maruti used cars command serious premium & still sell like hot cakes ( Swifts & Ritz's) . Out of all , Ritz really impressed me & my commander (wife!) & next choice was Swift. Alto, Wagon R, Estilo were outright rejected as she found exterior's not appealing at all.
I was restless to get a good deal for about a month.
I am planning to write a detailed tips on buying a used car based on my experiences & do not want to mix in this post.
A good used Swift sells in no time , i have tried within few hours of owner posting on sites & heard replies that its already sold on many occasions. hence dropped swift from the list & was hell bent on Ritz.
Found few decent deals on Ritz ( 3 - 4 Lakhs for a ~4 year , ~30k odo ) & was arranging my finances to strike a deal.
During our city rides, wife was curiously inquiring about i10, Eon & Santro telling me that she likes them as well. I also found that Hyundai cars are next best to Maruti in terms of Reliability, Service, Maintenance etc..
One Lucky day, I came across a ad selling 1 year used Hyundai Eon, 5k on Odo & decent quoted price.. Below is the deal
Model - Hyundai Eon Era +
Colour - Prestine Blue
Mfg Date - Feb 2013
Reg Date - April 2013
Selling Date - April 2014
Accessories - Leather Seats, upgraded R13 tyres, central locking
Condition - Lady Driven, No dents, scratches
Insurance Validity - April 2015
Price quoted - 3.10 Lakhs
Although price may be 10k - 15k higher, condition of car, colour & sheer feeling of sitting inside a new car impressed my commander & order was passed to soldier. Yes!!
I did a quick inquiry from my friends & got decent feedback.
I gave 80% advance through check & took the delivery of car with documentation on next day. Completed the Puja & Commander was very happy with performance of soldier.
Accessories added by me:
> Aftermarket roof rail
> Pioneer ICE with front speakers ( JBL)
> Bumper protectors
Below are my initial feedback on Eon based on my 1 month ride
Impressive exterior & interiors
Good build quality
Smooth gear shift & light clutch
>Front - excellent
>Back - decent
City Handling, Maneuverability
NVH levels are on higher side
Acceleration & pull is less ( I have driven Dzire & Santro)
Frequent downshift to 1st gear on gradient roads
But as people say, first car feels as the best car for long time & I am still enjoying my rides. Knowing Eon's limitations has helped me to take better care of this little wonder & it is giving me back equal love & ride pleasure
I will be posting further pics & updates soon..