Being the most densely populated in Kerela, Kochi has a massive transport system with many types of vehicles operating. Public transport is available but might be not efficient enough to be utilized by the majority of residents. Therefore, the residents might prefer to use private vehicles instead. Recently, the sales number of cars in all segments in Kochi has significantly increased, thanks to various factors below.
Firstly, the living standards of the residents have been increasing with more disposable income so they have more money to invest in private cars, especially luxury cars.
Secondly, more and more car dealerships, service centres and spare-part shops are available in the city, which means that nowadays, car owners can have their cars serviced and repaired much more easily and frequently than previously.
Thirdly, numerous loan schemes have been conducted by carmakers and financial institutions, which allows car customers to purchase cars more easily.
Last but not least, many policies to reduce the auto price have been implemented by the government, which enables car customers to buy their favourite vehicles more easily.
Noteworthily, besides the new car market, the used car one has also witnessed remarkable development with the latter doing much better than the former.
2. How to buy a pre-owned car in Kochi?
Nowadays, the number of used car dealerships and second-hand car options in Kochi has been increasing. Nevertheless, buying a pre-owned car is always more difficult than a new one, especially in a coastal city like Kochi. There are some tips which you should keep in mind when purchasing a second-hand car in the city.
First and foremost, the numerous used car options in the city might make you confused; therefore, you should shortlist the options by comparing your budget with the price of all the vehicles which you have in your list. Only choose the ones that fall into your budget.
Secondly, after you have narrowed down the list, it is time to consider your demands and interests to further shortlist the list.
Thirdly, after finishing the general inspection, you should examine the details like the exterior, interior, the motors, etc. Carefully check the body of the car since in a coastal city like Kochi, the car body can be easily rusted. Having a professional mechanic do this for you is also a good idea.
Fourthly, you are also recommended to test drive the car to check whether there are any problems with all the car parts like the sound system, air conditioning system, brakes, the horns, etc.
Fifthly, do not forget to have a look at the car history to see if it is regularly serviced or has experienced any accidents or overhauls, etc.
Last but not least, it is necessary to see into all the car’s relevant papers if you do not want to be faced with legal problems later on.
A Hyundai used car dealership in Kochi
II. Which are the most affordable used cars in Kochi?
The cheapest used cars in Kochi include the Hyundai Santro Xing, the Maruti Alto, the Chevrolet Spark and the Maruti Wagon R.
*The above prices are for reference only
III. Which are the top-selling second-hand SUVs in Kochi?
SUVs are becoming more and more popular with the Indian auto customers, thanks to their numerous good qualities which make them perfectly suitable for Indian terrains such as high ground clearance, rugged appearance, powerful motors, etc. Kochi residents are not an exception. Nevertheless, SUVs are always not cheap cars. Therefore, second-hand SUVs are not a bad idea for those who want to enjoy driving an SUV and save money at the same time. The most popular second-hand SUV cars in Kochi include the Mahindra Bolero, the Mahindra Scorpio, the Ford EcoSport, the Toyota Fortuner and the Jeep Compass.
*The above prices are for reference only
IV. How to use used cars in Kochi?
Regardless of where you live, the first thing you need to do after purchasing a pre-owned car is to apply for its ownership transfer. Although the procedure in each city might slightly differ, the general process is as follows: Go to the local RTO and present the necessary documents which include the registration certificate, the residential evidence, Form 28, 29, 30, the pollution-under-control certificate and the N.C.R.B.A report. Pay INR 300 as the ownership transfer fee of each car. It might take a few days for all the documents to be processed and the car ownership will be transferred to you. In order to save money, do all of these above by yourself. You should also keep in mind that older-than-15-year-old cars are not allowed to operate on Indian roads and need to be scrapped. This means that if you drive these cars in India, regardless of whether on purpose or by accident, your vehicle will be impounded by the police. Therefore, avoid these vehicles.
V. Pre-owned cars that are also searched for in Kochi
By Brand: used Maruti cars, second-hand Hyundai cars, pre-owned Honda cars, used Toyota cars, second-hand BMW cars
By Price: second-hand cars below INR 1 lakh, used cars under INR 2 lakh, pre-owned cars within INR 3 lakh
By Body Type: second-hand sedans, used SUVs, pre-owned luxury cars