Everything You Need To Know Before Buying Pre-owned Honda City

by Jatin Chhibber | 13/01/2021
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Here are a few tips one should keep in mind before purchasing a pre-owned Honda City.

Honda City is one of the most popular C2-sedans offered by the automaker in the Indian market. In its segment, it rivals with the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Toyota Yaris. The automaker has recently introduced the fifth-gen model of the car, and it is being sold alongside the fourth-gen model. The Honda sedan has been catering to the demands of the Indian customers for more than 20 years now. It is popular among the buyers for its classy looks and plush cabin. The premium sedan has also very high demand in the pre-owned market because of its low maintenance cost, reliable engine and decent fuel-efficiency. So, here are a few tips you should keep in mind before buying a pre-owned Honda City. 


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Firstly, here's why you should consider the Honda sedan as an option.

  1. All generations of the premium sedan offer ample amount of legroom and headroom and can comfortably accommodate 5-passengers at once. In terms of dimensions, the 2020 Honda City is 4549 mm long, 1748 mm wide, 1489 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2600 mm. 

  2. Honda City is also known for its feature-loaded cabin and is one of the most feature-loaded sedans in its segment. The new-gen model of the car comes loaded with features like 7-inch wide touchscreen infotainment system, Alexa Connectivity, LaneWatch camera, electric sunroof, automatic climate control and much more.

  3. The powertrains offered with the Honda sedan are among the most reliable engines offered in the Indian market. It was the first-ever Indian car to cross 100 Bhp mark from the factory. The first-gen model of the sedan is popular till now among the enthusiasts and rally drivers. The ongoing model of the car is powered by 1.5-litre i-VTEC petrol and a 1.5-litre i-DTEC diesel engine. Transmission duties are done by a 6-speed MT or a CVT. These are a few reasons why one should prefer buying the second-hand Honda City.



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The current-gen of the sedan is retailed at a starting price of Rs 10.89 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). One can get the 2020 model of the car in the pre-owned market around Rs. 1-1.5 lakh cheaper than the brand new car. Moreover, the 2015 model of the car is available around Rs. 4-5 lakh, which is quite worthy.


Now here are the things one should check before buying a pre-owned Honda City. 

  1. As many of you may know that the condition of Indian roads is not that good, and bad roads or speed breakers can damage the underbody of the car. So, always check the damage to the underbody of the vehicle before buying a car. The 2020 Honda City stands 165mm above the ground, which is pretty decent.

  2. The issue of alternator belt is quite common in the 4th and 5th-gen model of Honda City. While driving the car one can hear sudden grinding sounds from the engine of the car. All this happens because of the malfunctioning of the Alternator belt. This belt is connected to several parts of the car such as the alternator, power steering wheel, AC compressor pump and more. One should check the alternator belt before signing the documents.

  3. In the pre-owned car market, you should always re-check documents before making a deal because there is a high risk of fraud. Carefully go through documents like RC and other papers of the car. Moreover, also visit the government’s official website to check the challan history of the car.


The i-VTEC petrol engine offered with Honda City is pretty reliable and will keep you out of any major problem for a longer period of time. If the previous owner of the car has maintained his City with timely servicing, you won’t face any trouble regarding the powertrain till 2 lakh kilometres. 


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Final checks that one should consider paying attention to.

  1. The premium sedan is offered with both a manual and automatic gearbox. Check that the manual gearbox has smooth shifts and light clutch lever. Always check clutch plates before making a deal. 

  2. Tyres and suspension are also one of the important parts of the premium sedan, which one should check before buying the car. Take the vehicle to the company’s authorized service centre and get the brakes and tyres checked. There’s no use of buying the car with worn-out brake pads and tyres because they are pretty expensive and can burn a hole in your pocket.

  3. If you are looking out for the Honda City with a CNG kit than we should warn you that you can face engine-related problems in the near future. The aftermarket CNG kit results in excessive wear and tear of the car.

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