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10 second hand cars you should avoid buying

The Indian used car market is becoming highly popular and the market is also growing at a fast pace. With more people wanting to buy used cars in India, sometimes it becomes an overwhelming experience, especially due to the number of choices in the market. Well, if you find a deal too good to be true, make sure that the car is not on this list.

Chevrolet Captiva

Average price in the used car market: Rs 3.5 lakh to 5 lakh

Chevrolet has shut its shop in India a long time ago and since last year, the Talegaon plant has stopped too. A few service centres are still operational in India but sourcing parts can be difficult, especially if it is a part of the engine or the transmission. Captiva is known to have engine issues and turbocharger failure, which is a major cost. Yes, it is a spacious five-seater and the price is lower than entry-level hatchbacks but avoid buying this car.

Chevrolet Cruze

Average price in the used car market: Rs 3 lakh to 4 lakh

The Chevrolet Cruze is a diesel rocket and most of them are available at a highly appreciated price. The Cruze is quite popular among the modifying garages too.  Chevrolet Cruze’s sensors tend to fail often in the dusty environments and need to be replaced often. However, avoid buying the Cruze for the similar reasons that we have mentioned above.

Renault Fluence

Average price in the used car market: Rs 3 lakh to 5 lakh

The Fluence sold in the D-Segment and just could not stand against the likes of Toyota Corolla in the Indian market. The Fluence stands out in the crowd because of its futuristic design. Even though Renault is still operating in India and will also service the Fluence years after its discontinuation. But the spare parts are not available easily. If the car meets with an accident, it may spend months in the service centre or may become irreparable.

Renault Koleos

Average price in the used car market: Rs 6 lakh to 10 lakh

The premium Koleos SUV offered a premium cabin back in 2014. With the Bose speaker system and high-end features, the price tag on the Koleos primarily failed to attract customers. Since only a few cars were sold in the market, the spare parts availability for the car remains questionable. It faces the same challenges and problems as the Fluence.

Skoda Superb V6 4X4/ Petrol DSG

Average price in the used car market: Rs 8 to 14 lakh

Make no doubt that Skoda Superb is a brilliant car, especially for the enthusiasts. However, Skoda’s after sales services in India are not satisfactory to most customers. Old-generation models like the Superb V6 4X4 is rare in India and sourcing parts can be an extremely difficult job. Also, the avoid buying the Skoda Superb petrol DSG, which came with the unreliable DQ200 gearbox. It can breakdown and can cost you a lot to repair.

Mitsubishi Outlander

Average price in the used car market: Rs 4 to 7 lakh

The premium Mitsubishi Outlander in different timelines in India and it has not been a consistent seller. Mitsubishi is not operating in India anymore and since the Outlander was a rare vehicle to spot even when it was new in the market, you can imagine how difficult the SUV is to maintain. Until you have someone who can regularly send you spare parts from abroad, avoid buying this car.

Nissan Teana

Average price in the used car market: Rs 5 to 12 lakh

Another gem of a vehicle from Nissan India, the Teana offers acres of space and is very powerful. In the used car market, you will be able to find the Teana sedan for a much affordable price of around Rs 4 lakh. The diminishing service network and availability of spare parts can be a problem. Also, the Teana has a radiator failure problem, which can be an expensive repair.

Nissan X-Trail

Average price in the used car market: Rs 3 to 6 lakh

Nissan launched the X-Trail to take on the likes of Hyundai Tucson in India. However, the SUV did not do good numbers in the market and there are only a handful of them in the market. . The vehicle is solidly built but the spare parts are too expensive and it is difficult to find a Nissan service centre easily.

Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara

Average price in the used car market: Rs 2.5 to 5 lakh

The Grand Vitara SUV was one of the most expensive vehicles launched by the brand in the Indian market. It was a full CBU import, which is why the vehicle had an expensive price tag. It is powered by a petrol engine and since it was never manufactured in India, the spare parts can be a problem. Some of the known issues include oil leak, timing chain tensioner failure and AC fan motor failure.

Hyundai Santa Fe

Average price in the used car market: Rs 5 to 6 lakh

While there are not major known problems with the car and Hyundai being the second-largest car maker in India has a good service network too, the problem is with the spare parts. The Santa Fe was sold as a CBU model and many have reported a steering problem with the car. Servicing it can take a few weeks as the parts are imported from Korea. If you can afford to keep your vehicle in the service centre for a few weeks, this can be a good choice.