Buying a used car requires proper due diligence. High maintenance costs and poor service networks can cause a lot of headaches for used car owners.
The used car market in India is becoming increasingly popular, and it is growing at a rapid pace. There are so many people looking to buy second-hand automobiles in India due to better affordability and value for money. However, there are a few car models that you should avoid buying as a second hand car.
As a D-Segment vehicle, Fluence is the first car on the list. Due to its futuristic style, Fluence is a standout amongst its peers and will continue to sell by Renault in India. But its spare components are not readily available. For example, if a car meets an accident, it could be out in the service station for months.
The Nissan Teana is the second car on our list. Nissan Teana is a spacious and powerful vehicle. The Teana sedan is available in the used car market for a moderate price of roughly Rs 4 lakh. But problems can arise due to its shrinking service network and lack of spare parts. Teana has radiator problems that can be expensive to fix.
A diesel Chevrolet Cruze is available for a very reasonable price. The Cruze is also a popular choice for those who want to customize their vehicles. Chevrolet Cruze's sensors tend to fail more frequently and need to be replaced more regularly. Also, Chevrolet has left India and you can not get the same reliable service.
Koleos was launched with a luxurious interior when it was introduced in 2014. But it failed to entice customers based on its Bose speaker system and other high-end features. Due to the fact that only a few cars were sold, the availability of spare parts for the car is scanty. That means you will have to deal with the issues of parts replacement and repairs.
As of the previous year, Chevrolet's Talegaon plant in India has also closed. There are only a handful of service centers in India that are still in business. Because of engine problems and turbocharger failure, Captiva is considered to be an expensive car to maintain.
The Skoda Superb is a fantastic car, especially for enthusiasts, and there is no doubt about its features. But Skoda's after-sales services in India, on the other hand, do not meet the expectations of the majority of clients.
As a result, older versions like the Superb V6 4X4 are extremely rare in India, and finding replacement components can be a challenging task. The Skoda Superb petrol DSG, which came with the faulty DQ200 gearbox, should be avoided as well. In case it breaks down, it can be very expensive to fix.
Mitsubishi Outlander has not been a popular choice of people in India throughout the years. Due to the fact that Mitsubishi is no longer operating in India, Outlander is a difficult car to maintain. Avoid buying this car until you have someone who can routinely ship you spare parts from abroad.
Hyundai Santa Fe
Aside from a few minor issues with the car, the main issue is with the replacement parts that come with the car. As a CBU model, Santa Fe has been plagued by steering issues. As the parts are imported from Korea, servicing it can take a few weeks. Consider this option only if you can afford to leave your vehicle in the service centre for a few weeks.
In India, Nissan debuted the X-Trail to compete with the Hyundai Tucson. There are only a few of these SUVs in the market. It is a well-built vehicle but with expensive spare parts and an inability to locate an immediately accessible Nissan repair center, maintaining X-Trail can be a headache.
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara
One of the most expensive vehicles launched by the Maruti Suzuki brand in India was the Grand Vitara SUV. As a full CBU import, the vehicle was pricey. Due to the fact that it was never manufactured in India, finding spare parts can be difficult. It is known to all that the timing chain tensioner and AC fan motor have failed on numerous occasions.
Above mentioned car models are not very popular and it is difficult to get their parts. Also for some, locating the service centres is difficult. Hence you must think twice before buying any of the above-listed used cars. Also, you must consider the price of the cars, when selecting the model that you want to buy as a second-hand car.