Hatchbacks are are easy to buy, maintain and drive option but these are strictly 4 seaters and ride can be a bit bumpy. They currently range between Rs 3,00,000 – Rs 8,00,000 on the new car market. A used hatchback is an ideal buy for those wanting a perfect second car for quick errands or even sharpening their driving skills. Alto is the undisputed king of the used hatchabk segment but Wagon R offers a lot more for just a little more money. And the same goes for a used Hyundai i10s.
Used Hatchbacks average around Rs 2,55,000 in Chennai with lower end tending to be around Rs 1,96,250 and upper end tending to be around Rs 2,75,000. The higher end of the range will get you GO which is 5 years old while if you veer towards the minimum, then you will have to contend with EON which is 4 years old. So, what should you go for? Which are the best deals available on the market?
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Recommendation #1: Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0 Vxi
Year: 2014 / Kms Driven: 52,724 / List Price: Rs 250,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 404,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 38% to its original price is 5 years old and has done 52,724 Kms. This petrol-powered, used Maruti Wagon R is currently with its first owner. A used Wagon R that has done close to 60,000 km might have issues related to clutch plates and shock absobers. But other than that, it should do fine. With time, body rattles, suspension issues and rusting can be hard and expensive to rectify. So have those checked and if all okay, you have a good deal here.
Recommendation #2: Ford Figo 1.4 Exi Duratorq
Year: 2014 / Kms Driven: 49,831 / List Price: Rs 300,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 517,000
This entry, which comes at a discount of 42% to its original price is 5 years old and has done 49,831 Kms. This diesel-powered, used Ford Figo is currently with its first owner. The previous gen Figo was a very spacious and good to drive car. The diesel variant is frugal as well. The chassis is low set and that means some of these might have scraped under body. Some owners have complained of high engine oil consumption. Also the design of front bumper makes it vulnerable to scraping oddly shaped speed breakers. Just get it checked thoroughly before buying though. So do check these two things, otherwise Figo is a reliable car and offers a lot more than hatchbacks such as a used Maruti Alto or Hyundai Eon.
Recommendation #3: Maruti Suzuki Wagon R 1.0 Lxi
Year: 2012 / Kms Driven: 59,310 / List Price: Rs 250,000 / Ex Showroom Price: Rs 386,136
This entry, which comes at a discount of 35% to its original price is 7 years old and has done 59,310 Kms. This petrol-powered, used Wagon R is currently with its second owner. Despite its strength, mechanically the Wagon R is basic car and so very old specimen are avoidable. Wagon R that has done close to 60,000 km might have issues related to clutch plates and shock absobers. But other than that, it should do fine. Since this is a rather old sample, we suggest have it checked thoroughly and negotiate hard with a target price of Rs. 2 lakh or less.
The median price at which Hatchbacks have sold in Chennai 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 Chennai in the Hatchbacks category is Maruti Suzuki Alto.
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