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The most exciting thing
for any Indian is buying a car in India. It isn’t expensive but people still
consider it something good. But sometimes, people aren’t aware of what kind of
vehicle you should go for, a hatchback, a sedan, a SUV, a MUV etc. and what
kind of fuel i.e. petrol or diesel. For those who might be wondering what about
CNG and all, it’s all up to you whether you want it or not but I don’t
recommend. So, here’s my article which will describe a step-by-step procedure
or guideline to buy a new car.

Before you make any
decision, you should do your own homework. Let us begin with the type of
fuel meaning petrol or diesel. Consider you’re an office goer and you’ve
got to travel a long distance. In a city like Mumbai, if you go for a petrol
car, you will get a very low economy in a stop start traffic and you end up
burning more fuel hence more number of times you have to refuel. If you go for
a diesel car, economy will be less no doubt, but will be better than that of
petrol and hence you end up filling up your gas tank less than that of the car
with a petrol engine. So, my verdict is if you’re a frequent long-distance
traveller then opt for a diesel car else, a petrol engine car is just fine.

The next thing is what type
of car would you like to go for. Now this depends on the size of your
family and your usage. If you’re a small family, and you have only trips in
local areas then a hatchback can work. If you’re a family who likes to you know
go for weekends for work or maybe a holiday and you wish to carry lots of
luggage, a sedan should work. Now MPV (Multi-People Vehicle) are for those who
have more than five people in a family. Nowadays we have a trend of going for
SUV. Let me tell you that if you plan for an SUV, make sure that you have
proper space to park as we know India and parking is a big pain if you know
what I mean. Same goes for MPV.

Third thing, the budget
of the car. You will need to make a collective decision with your family
members about your budget as it should fit in properly. You have a wide range
of cars from sedans to hatchbacks to MPV in your budget. Choose a budget which
shouldn’t be so much that later you will regret choosing it; basically, keep an
optimal budget. Check your bank for loans and other procedures.

Moving on to which brand
and model of the vehicle. Some say go for Japanese brands, some say go for
German brands and the list continues on. In that case, first thing, go out and
get an automobile magazine like Autocar or Overdrive which are popular. Next
thing is start going through the brands and their models in your chosen budget.
Choose a brand which you feel is more reliable, offering better service and
also that particular brand has good aftersales value. Once you choose a brand
and model, make sure you read reviews about comfort, mileage, maintenance etc. In
this age of technology, YouTube is the best place to watch car reviews. Also,
please choose the type of transmission you want i.e. automatic transmission or
manual transmission. Some brands may or may not provide automatic transmission
so do check that out if you wish to opt for an automatic transmission.

Coming to one important
thing, it is the safety features in a vehicle. Indian mentality is that
“buy in a cheap price and get more”. That’s where they go wrong. If you ask me,
I will always opt for the top variant as our automobile brands in India only
provide safety to top variants only or give it optional. It is the most
irritating thing in this automobile industry. Coming back to the topic, well,
whichever car you wish to buy, it at least has two airbags in the front and is
equipped with Antilocking Braking System (ABS) brakes. People don’t consider
safety a priority in India and then we have people screaming “this car is not
good, don’t buy”. All cars are good but do check the safety standards in that
car. If that safety stuff is going little bit over your budget, it doesn’t
matter. You pay less and don’t opt for safety, you’re putting your life at
risk.

Now the last thing is the
test drive of the vehicle. Go to the car showroom of your selected brand
and ask for the test drive. If you have chosen a segment of more than one
brands which fit in your budget, it is recommended to go and test drive on the
very same day so you get the feel about every car which will make it easy to
choose.

I don’t want to go on and
on so I rather end my article here. Hope you enjoyed reading and hope I was
able to help you to some extent. I wish you luck on buying your next car!

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