The most exciting thing for any Indian is buying a car in India. It isn’t expensive but people still consider it something good. But sometimes, people aren’t aware of what kind of vehicle you should go for, a hatchback, a sedan, a SUV, a MUV etc. and what kind of fuel i.e. petrol or diesel. For those who might be wondering what about CNG and all, it’s all up to you whether you want it or not but I don’t recommend. So, here’s my article which will describe a step-by-step procedure or guideline to buy a new car.
The following points you should take in consideration while you buy your new car:
- Type of Fuel
- Type of Car
- Brand and Model
- Safety Features
- Test Drive
Let us begin with the type of fuel meaning petrol or diesel. Consider you’re an office goer and you’ve got to travel a long distance. In a city like Mumbai, if you go for a petrol car, you will get a very low economy in a stop start traffic and you end up burning more fuel hence more number of times you have to refuel. If you go for a diesel car, economy will be less no doubt, but will be better than that of petrol and hence you end up filling up your gas tank less than that of the car with a petrol engine. So, my verdict is if you’re a frequent long-distance traveller then opt for a diesel car else, a petrol engine car is just fine.
The next thing is what type of car would you like to go for. Now this depends on the size of your family and your usage. If you’re a small family, and you have only trips in local areas then a hatchback can work. If you’re a family who likes to you know go for weekends for work or maybe a holiday and you wish to carry lots of luggage, a sedan should work. Now MPV (Multi-People Vehicle) are for those who have more than five people in a family. Nowadays we have a trend of going for SUV. Let me tell you that if you plan for an SUV, make sure that you have proper space to park as we know India and parking is a big pain if you know what I mean. Same goes for MPV.
Third thing, the budget of the car. You will need to make a collective decision with your family members about your budget as it should fit in properly. You have a wide range of cars from sedans to hatchbacks to MPV in your budget. Choose a budget which shouldn’t be so much that later you will regret choosing it; basically, keep an optimal budget. Check your bank for loans and other procedures.
Moving on to which brand and model of the vehicle. Some say go for Japanese brands, some say go for German brands and the list continues on. In that case, first thing, go out and get an automobile magazine like Autocar or Overdrive which are popular. Next thing is start going through the brands and their models in your chosen budget. Choose a brand which you feel is more reliable, offering better service and also that particular brand has good after sales value. Once you choose a brand and model, make sure you read reviews about comfort, mileage, maintenance etc. In this age of technology, YouTube is the best place to watch car reviews. Also, please choose the type of transmission you want i.e. automatic transmission or manual transmission. Some brands may or may not provide automatic transmission so do check that out if you wish to opt for an automatic transmission.
Coming to one important thing, it is the safety features in a vehicle. Indian mentality is that “buy in a cheap price and get more”. That’s where they go wrong. If you ask me, I will always opt for the top variant as our automobile brands in India only provide safety to top variants only or give it optional. It is the most irritating thing in this automobile industry. Coming back to the topic, well, whichever car you wish to buy, it at least has two airbags in the front and is equipped with Anti-locking Braking System (ABS) brakes. People don’t consider safety a priority in India and then we have people screaming “this car is not good, don’t buy”. All cars are good but do check the safety standards in that car. If that safety stuff is going little bit over your budget, it doesn’t matter. You pay less and don’t opt for safety, you’re putting your life at risk.
Now the last thing is the test drive of the vehicle. Go to the car showroom of your selected brand and ask for the test drive. If you have chosen a segment of more than one brands which fit in your budget, it is recommended to go and test drive on the very same day so you get the feel about every car which will make it easy to choose.
I don’t want to go on and on so I rather end my article here. Hope you enjoyed reading and hope I was able to help you to some extent. If you have any more doubts or you would like to leave a feedback, make sure to leave them in the comments section below. I wish you luck on buying your next car!