Buying a car could seem like a tough decision at first, but when you own one, you will realize how the maintenance costs are what hurts your wallet the most. The same holds true for used cars. Upgrading from a two-wheeler to four-wheeler is easy these days as you can go for a used car loan or second hand car loan to purchase your dream car.
Whether new or used cars, these five cars in India with low maintenance cost promise to not burn a hole in your pocket.
Maruti Suzuki Alto 800
The Maruti Suzuki Alto 800 is among the bestselling cars in the Indian market, and the low cost of ownership is the prime reason behind it. Tagged in the price range of Rs. 2.88 lakh – Rs. 4.09 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the Alto 800 is available with a petrol engine along with an optional factory-fitted CNG kit. It returns an excellent mileage of 22.05kmpl.
Maruti Suzuki Alto K10
The cousin of the Alto 800, the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10 gets a peppy 1.0-litre petrol motor, which delivers ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 24.07kmpl. It also gets an option of automatic transmission. Low running costs and Maruti Suzuki’s widespread aftersales network ensure fuss-free ownership. It falls in the price bracket of Rs. 3.60 lakh – Rs. 4.39 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki Wagon R
The new Maruti Suzuki Wagon R is a much more improved version but continues to be pocket-friendly when it comes to maintenance. Offered with two petrol engine choices, the Wagon R is available with manual as well as AMT transmission. A prominent feature in lists of top-selling cars, it is priced in the range of Rs. 4.42 lakh – Rs. 5.91 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Maruti Suzuki Swift
The Maruti Suzuki Swift strikes the right chord between handling, performance and the fun-to-drive factor. Popular among every age group, the Swift is equally loved for its minimum running costs. The jack of all trades comes with two engine options – 1.2-litre petrol and 1.3-litre diesel. The variants return impressive mileage of 22kmpl and 28.4kmpl, respectively. Available with manual as well as AMT option, the Swift is priced in the bracket of Rs. 5.14 lakh – Rs. 8.84 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
Toyota Etios Liva
Making it to the list of cars with minimum maintenance charges, the Toyota Etios Liva is an unsung hero here. Away from the herds of Maruti and Hyundai, the Liva is known for its reliability and low ownership cost. Offered with 1.2-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines, the Toyota hatch returns a fuel efficiency of 18.16kmpl and 23.59kmpl, respectively. It costs between Rs. 5.34 lakh and Rs. 7.77 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
You can pick any one of the cars listed above and rest assured when it comes to maintenance cost. However, when buying used cars, you must get the vehicle checked by a professional mechanic. Pre-owned cars with a history of accidents should be avoided. To buy your preferred second-hand car, you can get a second hand car loan from Tata Capital at competitive interest rates.