Comfort, safety and tons of features combine with prestige make sedans highly desirable for many. They currently range between Rs 8,00,000 – Rs 15,00,000 on the new car market. The used version is an ideal buy for those who want a step-up in experience or more space or more features or just something with greater style quotient with less than Rs. 7 lakh to spend. Verna has the best deals but Honda is the best all rounder and the most sought after car in this segment. Used Sedan prices average around Rs 5,36,550 in Bangalore with lower end tending to be around Rs 4,85,000 and upper end tending to be around Rs 6,43,000. The higher end of the range will get you a CIAZ which is 6 years old while if you veer towards the minimum, then you will have to contend with RAPID which is 4 years old. So, what should you go for? Which are the best deals available on the market?
Recommendation #1: Maruti Suzuki Ciaz VDi+ SHVS
Year: 2016 / Kms Driven: 85,573 / List Price: Rs 420,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 882,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 52% to its original price is 3 years old and has done 85,573 Kms. This diesel-powered, CIAZ is currently with its second owner. While Ciaz is largely a trouble-free car, and the sample here is priced attractively, it has clocked a lot of kms within a short period and is with second owner. A good buy still–after a thorough check–if money is tight. Else, check out the rest of the list.
Recommendation #2: Honda City 1.5 V AT 2012
Year: 2012 / Kms Driven: 50,000 / List Price: Rs 450,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 988,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 54% to its original price is 7 years old and has done 50,000 Kms. This petrol-powered, golden CITY is currently with its third owner. It is less used than the Ciaz listed above but is the previous generation City, which means its quite a bit smaller than Ciaz. So if space isn’t what you are after, this is an excellent buy. Due to low ground clearance, most Citys have scraped underbody so have that checked thoroughly.
Recommendation #3: Skoda Rapid Elegance 1.6 TDi MT
Year: 2013 / Kms Driven: 72,082 / List Price: Rs 360,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 977,999
This entry, which comes at a discount of 63% to its original price is 6 years old and has done 72,082 Kms. This diesel-powered, RAPID is currently with its second owner. Rapid is an excellent car–its safe, drives well and has great ride. But, should something go wrong, the fix would cost you much more than it would for rival Japanese cars. So, while the deal is good, have it checked thoroughly–we mean really, really thoroughly.
Recommendation #4: Skoda Rapid Ambition Plus 1.5 TDi CR 2015
Year: 2015 / Kms Driven: 50,000 / List Price: Rs 588,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 1,084,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 46% to its original price is 4 years old and has done 50,000 Kms. This diesel-powered, silver RAPID is currently with its first owner. Another Skoda Rapid–this time with fewer km but a higher price tag. Still, if you could negotiate a good deal, you have a great. And yes, do remember the bit about a thorough check mentioned alongside previous entry.
Recommendation #5: Maruti Suzuki Sx4 Vdi 2011
Year: 2011 / Kms Driven: 46,000 / List Price: Rs 310,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 798,725
This entry, which comes at a discount of 61% to its original price is 8 years old and has done 46,000 Kms. This diesel-powered, silver SX4 is currently with its first owner. SX4 is particularly good if you drive frequently over bad roads and this one being diesel, would be cheap to run as well. Though 8 years old, it has done less than 50,000 km so should be trouble-free too. And finally the price is good–but don’t expect it deliver ‘prestige’ as it is a discontinued model.
The median price at which Sedan have sold in Bangalore is typically in the range listed in the plot below.
Since the final selling price data is not available, we estimate the actual selling prices to be 5-10% lower than this. Another tip: the most popular that gets bought and sold in Bangalore in the Sedan category is Maruti Suzuki Verna.