Do you want to purchase a used car but have a tight budget? Are you looking solely at vehicles under 2 lakhs to fit your budget? Is your car hunting specific to Kolkata? If yes, then we shall take care of all your requirements. You might think your demands are too specific, but even with your specific needs you will be bombarded with innumerable options on leading car websites. Moreover, their imprecise listings of cars are not designed to give you meaningful insights. How do you arrive at choosing the perfect car then? Used car websites are usually of little use, even with their multiple filters. The onus of sorting the information remains on you, and who wants to handle so much data? Fortunately, we have got the panacea for all such problems through the Cartoq TRUE PRICE.
By deploying the Cartoq TRUE PRICE, we help you identify the best deals. The Cartoq Data Science team has built a Machine Learning model that estimates the TRUE PRICE of a used car, after accounting for all sorts of variables – brand, model, age, mileage, and car type. With all factors accounted for, the model predicts the TRUE PRICE, which then becomes the basis of comparison across cars. The best deals are those where listed price is lower than the TRUE PRICE. So, we scan through the car listings across major used car sites, compute their TRUE PRICE, and present the best deals for you.
The shortlist for this article was based on the analysis we ran on July 16, 2019; so, by the time you read this article, there is a good chance that the specific car may no longer be available.
However, this list still provides plenty of useful pointers even if certain specific cars have already been sold out.
Three manufacturers vie for your attention on this list, which means:
• There is a lot of scrambling among companies knowing the value of such a segment.
• Maruti and Hyundai dominate the list, even though it is Ford which bags the top honors.
Without further ado, let’s check out our top recommendations.
Recommendation #1: Ford Figo Duratec Lxi 1.2
Year: 2013 / Mileage: 35,000 / List Price: Rs. 186,200 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 391,000
Why buy: This first owner petrol hatchback comes in a smart blue colour and is the ideal fit for beginners who need a compact car to master their driving skills. With the odometer at 35,000 kilometers, this car still has plenty to offer and will be an efficient option on the highly demanding roads of Kolkata.
Recommendation #2: Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 VXi
Year: 2014 / Mileage: 23,000 / List Price: Rs. 191,100 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 308,000
Why buy: There are two things that are impressive about this first owner hatchback that runs on petrol. First, its combination of mileage and price makes for a bargain deal for a car that is just five years old. Second, it is available in a tantalizing sky blue colour, which makes it stand out in terms of appearance. A fierce contender for your attention on this list, this is a car most buyers will not be able to turn down.
Recommendation #3: Hyundai Eon Era +
Year: 2013 / Mileage: 13,000 / List Price: Rs. 199,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 332,890
Why buy: Residing with its first owner, this car continues the streak of economic petrol hatchbacks sporting shades of blue and low on distance covered that we find in this compilation. What makes this less of an immediate attraction is its price, which will push your budget to its brink.
#4: Hyundai Eon Era +
Year: 2014 / Mileage: 58,000 / List Price: Rs. 190,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 325,000
Why buy: Available with comprehensive insurance and present with its first owner in impeccable condition, this car is a potential game changer at number four. Running on petrol, this hatchback comes in a sober silver look and, notwithstanding its relatively high mileage, should be in your consideration while you make the final choice.
Recommendation #5: Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 LXi
Year: 2014 / Mileage: 6,130 / List Price: Rs. 200,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 295,000
Why buy: Another spick and span vehicle in this category, this grey hatchback, armed with insurance, is also a first owner car. What puts it at the bottom of the pack, despite its negligible mileage, is its steep price as well as an inconsistent brake and suspension performance.
Kolkata is one of the few cities in India where you will find such excellent cars under 2 lakhs, offering a brilliant balance between price and utility. Surprisingly, most of these cars have seen very little road time, which means that they will be good long-term bets, especially if you are siding with any one from the top three.