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I don’t mind scratching the car after use, so open even to older diesel models from around 2010.

BHPian Ronnie recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

You plan to buy an inexpensive car that can run for at least 6 months. After that, can’t use it for a few months?

The vehicles considered are:

  1. Tata Indica V2 Turbo DLS/DLG/DLX – 2010
  2. Suzuki Wagon R Lxi/Vxi – 2008
  3. Tata Victa DI GX-2009

I know Sumo will be rough with bad NVH. But otherwise. All these prices are between Rs 50,000 and Rs 1,20,000.

Your opinions are appreciated.

Update: The car is for a guy who would run errands for me. Including driving me in another car. He has to go around a few places over the next 6 months to 1 year and I don’t mind scratching him after that. Usage is mainly in rural Kerala. Diesel is fine in Kerala.

So to sum up, my driver + handyman will be using this car to drive around to get things done. When I am in India, I will be driving one of our family vehicles or one of my 4x4s.

Here is what BHPian Drkalgaonkar should say about it:

Choose WagonR. Peace of mind. And you could actually resell it, the other two would go for junk if you got it for such a price (I wonder how and why?)

(Extend your budget very slightly and you would find a good i20, Alto, WagonR etc.)

Here is what BHPian Shreyfiesta should say about it:

Of these three options, the first-generation WagonR is the only car I would recommend. Like most other Marutis it is completely reliable and extremely light on your wallet in terms of running costs. Replacement parts are cheap and readily available as they have the largest dealer and service network in the country. Pre-facelift and facelift models are recommended in the case of the first generation WagonR. If you can find a less used 2006-2010 VXI for ₹1-1.3 lakh, you should be good to go.

Here is what BHPian Dicky should say about it:

As for ride quality, the Sumo for the time had good low-speed ride quality. The WagonR is much better than the equivalent Santro. The Indica’s ride quality, while imperfect, benefits from the independent rear suspension. Easily takes on mid-corner bumps that most mainstream cars can’t.

For your use case, I would suggest the Omni/Eeco for utility use, assuming the driver/handyman is helping build a home/business. Not that others can’t be helpful. Our ’09 F10D WagonR took 6-7 50kg bags of cement like a champ. (lowrider) But with Omni/Eeco, you can’t go wrong. Easy to buy/sell/eliminate/discard and as utilitarian as it gets.

Rural Kerala. Hmm… Any driver would suggest you go for the Mahindra equivalent instead.

Here is what Greenhorn BHPian should say about it:

Indica might not be a bad idea. To use an old phrase, Tata cars are cheap if your time is free. For rural/rough use, Indica makes sense. Just budget for frequent downtime and finding parts in junkyards. Where is your location? I may be able to put you in touch with some sellers of the KL Indica groups

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