You would either be a sedan or an SUV person. With the compact class coming in, you do not need to worry about buying big cars. The compact sedan and compact SUV cars fit into budgets, and also slim parking spaces. Chennai has over the years emerged as a good location if you are looking for attractive used car deals. But, if you were to identify the best deals, where would you start?
Hundreds of car listings can be quite confusing, more so if you are yet to make up your mind on whether your next will be a compact SUV or a compact sedan. Friendly tip: You could use the Cartoq TRUE PRICE edge to identify the best deals in Chennai. Using a Machine Learning algorithm that our Data Science team has made, we estimate the True Price of used cars by accounting for all the car variations. This means we have separate prices for manual, automatic, diesel and petrol variants depending on factors like age of the car, usage etc. With TRUE PRICE, you can find the best deals in compact SUVs and sedans in Chennai. Remember, the best deals are those where the TRUE PRICE is higher than the listed price of the car. SUVs are costlier than sedans, and so we have kept a Rs 6 lakh budget for compact SUVs. Sedans will come within Rs 5 lakh price tag.
This article is based on analysis that was run on June 8, 2019. If you are reading this article later, there is a high chance that the cars listed here are already sold. But this list still provides some useful pointers even if these specific cars are not available to you.
* Ford is the only viable option in used compact SUV space. You could choose between manual and automatic cars.
* The selection net can be cast wide for the used compact sedans – Toyotas, Hondas and Fords. The younger the car, the tighter the pricing.
Here are the best recommendations from our side
Recommendation #1: Ford EcoSport AMBIENTE 1.5 TI VCT
Year: 2013 / Mileage: 47,719 km / List Price: Rs. 590,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 783,000
WHY BUY: This is the base petrol variant in the EcoSport lineup and the new car is priced at Rs. 7.83 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai). The used compact SUV, with manual transmission, comes to you at less than Rs 6 lakh, which is a good 25% savings. The car is quite a joy to use and has reasonable fuel economy.
Recommendation #2: Ford EcoSport 1.5 Petrol Titanium Plus AT
Year: 2017 / Mileage: 17,500 km / List Price: Rs. 600,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 1,053,374
WHY BUY: About 4 years younger than recommendation #1, this Ford EcoSport is the mid petrol variant but comes with automatic transmission. The white color (exterior) compact SUV has been sparingly used, as it odometer indicates less than 18,000 km usage. At Rs 6 lakh, this is great value for money/
Recommendation #3: Toyota Etios GD
Year: 2013 / Mileage: 14,000 km / List Price: Rs. 401,800 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 778,000
WHY BUY: This base diesel variant of Etios lineup has been hardly used. Prood???: it sports usage of just 14,000 km. Coming with better fuel economy than the petrol version, this car comes at a hefty 48% discount to its ex showroom price.
Recommendation #4: Honda Amaze SX i-DTEC
Year: 2014 / Mileage: 48,000 km / List Price: Rs. 475,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 748,000
WHY BUY: This Honda Amaze variant runs on diesel and has done less than 50,000 km on the odo. The one-notch below top end version comes a good Rs 25,000 than your Rs 5 lakh budget and still offers over 35% discount to a new car.
Recommendation #5: Ford Aspire 1.2 Ti-VCT Ambiente
Year: 2016 / Mileage: 29,875 km / List Price: Rs. 485,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs. 571,000
WHY BUY: This 3-year old Ford Aspire 1.2 Ti-VCT Ambiente is an entry level petrol trim. It has run less than 30,000 km, which means there are some years of hassle-free ownership for you if you snap it up at a price which is about Rs 85,000 less than a brand new car.
You could get a used automatic compact SUV for Rs 6 lakh. That’s the highlight. Coming to compact sedans, there are quite a few good options that come with less than 30,000 km usage and for less than Rs 5 lakh. Now, you need to make that call whether Rs 1 lakh makes a big difference.
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