Automobiles are slowly becoming a must in many people's lives. Once looked at as luxury, nowadays it is becoming a part of life.
From mere commuting purpose to collecting, automobiles have become a kind of status symbol. Many feel the more cars or the most expensive a car they own, society will accept them more.
So what happens when a person cannot afford a new car or just wants to settle with a used car? This too is trending. The used car market is also big and even carmakers themselves have entered this space.
So if you are out there and looking for a good, reliable used car, which one would it be? This is a list of 10 most reliable used cars from a car dealer's point of view, that will go easy on your pocket as well.
1. Wagon R:
The Wagon R from Maruti Suzuki is preferred by many due to its tall boy design, interior space, an engine with decent performance and most importantly, Maruti's wide spread service availability. A five year old car or one that's run 40,000 km can be bought for INR 2.7 lakh.
The Hyundai Santro was the Korean carmakers first product on sale in India. The car offered lot more than what was asked for when it was introduced, for its price. It had adequate space, a peppy petrol engine and great build quality designed for Indian roads. Five year old cars or one that's run 40,000 km can be bought for INR 2.25 lakh.
3. Honda City:
The Honda City was launched with a petrol engine that was powerful and very reliable. The engine proved to be a potent weapon for races and even till date is preferred by many. The build quality is superb and the petrol Honda engine was the choice of many in spite other competitors coming up with diesel mills. The car still remains the largest volume seller for Honda in India. INR 5 lakh is the going price for a 2011 to 2014 petrol model.
4. Maruti 800:
This car needs no explanation at all. The Maruti 800 was launched in India in 1983. Till 2014, 2.87 million 800s were manufactured and 2.66 million cars were sold in India itself. The car with its 800cc three cylinder engine had great fuel efficiency, decent interior comforts and was built like a tank. Cheap maintenance and its size are key reasons this car is still a hot seller with used car dealers. A 7 to 8 year old car can be bought for INR 75,000.
5. Toyota Qualis:
Although production ceased a long time ago, the Toyota Qualis is a preferred choice in the used car market for its ride quality, interior space and its economical diesel engine. It was a prefered choice for taxi operators and large families. Depending on the condition, a vehicle ranging between the year 2000 to 2004 can be bought for between INR 2.5 lakh to 5 lakh.
6. Maruti Esteem:
Again, a choice that can never go wrong since service is widespread. 8 years after the production stopped, the used car market is still selling the Esteem because this car proved to have one of the highest power-to-weight ratios in the under two-liter class, and also earned its name in the race track. The car dominated the Rallying championships until the Honda city snatched it away. A 10 year old car or a one with 80,000 km on the clock can be bought for INR 75,000.
7. Toyota Innova:
A hot seller from the showroom, even the used car market gets serious demand for the Toyota Innova. Being able to seat up to 8 occupants comfortably as well as carry luggage, the Innova is very reliable and the engine is almost bulletproof. It returns good fuel efficiency for its size and offers a very good ride. A car that is 7 years old or an Innova that has run 70,000 km can be bought for INR 5.25 lakh.
The Alto, being the most sold car in the Indian market today, is the most sold car in the used car space as well. Why the demand? Well, service, affordability, fuel economy, size and just the ease of owning one. INR 2 lakh is the market price for a car that has run under 50,000 km or a 5 year old car.
9. Mahindra Scorpio:
The Scorpio has a very powerful diesel engine and the ability to go anywhere. This is topped off by a four wheel-drive option and an automatic gearbox. The high seating position and the road presence the vehicle offers is a preferred choice for many. The market price for a Scorpio that is 7 years old or one with 80,000 km on the clock is INR 5 lakh.
10. Maruti Swift:
The Swift with its powerful petrol and diesel engine that return good fuel economy, its looks, affordability, creature comforts and an engine that can be tuned to gain maximum performance are reasons why it is preferred. Maruti's superior service network adds to all these benefits. A five year old car run under 60,000 km can be bought for INR 3.75 lakh.