Looking to buy a new car before the new year? Well, you're in luck. If you're willing to drive around "last year's model" of a car, you could well walk away with a decent chunk of extra cash in your pocket by the time you're done with the whole process.
You see, most manufacturers generally offer year end discounts on cars to clear the inventory and make way for a new stock of cars, so if you're smart about the whole process and are willing to make a few small sacrifices, you're bound to walk away with a good deal.
Let's check out which manufacturers are doling out the discounts:
You'd think that with the way they're making sales lately, they would already be out of stock for this year, but even in the Maruti stable, there are a few models that don't move off the lots as quickly as Maruti would like them to.
Sure, the Swift, Dzire, Ertiga and even the Eeco are doing exceptionally well, so you won't be getting much of a discount on them, but on the other models, like the A-Star, Ritz, Estilo, Wagon R and SX4, they're offering a tempting Rs 10,000 - 25,000 off and insurance for just one Rupee.
Mind, there's nothing actually wrong with these cars. Instead of paying more and waiting longer for the Swift, you could well just plonk for a Ritz. It's just as capable and in these times, makes more sense, too.
If you're looking at a much larger car, however, Maruti has something in store that will blow your mind. Remember the Maruti Suzuki Kizashi? The car that goes head to head against the likes of the Honda Accord and Skoda Superb? It can be yours for just Rs 12 lakh! Yes, you're reading that right, it's a discount of a whopping Rs 6 Lakh! If that's not the deal of the year, we don't know what is!
If Maruti's got the small car sales covered, Hyundai takes over when it comes to slightly larger cars. And when diesels are involved, you know which showroom to head towards. So again, you can't expect too much of a discount on some of their models, but even in their vast line-up, there are discounts to be had.
The entry-level Eon, which took the fight straight to Maruti's doorstep, gets a good Rs 10,000 discount depending on trim level. It looks and feels like a much more premium offering than the bare basics Alto, too, so it's definitely worth looking into.
Next up in the discount tent is the i20. No, no, don't get too excited, it's only the petrol ones that are being discounted as the diesel ones fly off the shelves like hot cakes. Even here, there might not be outright discounts, but look for other savings in terms of free accessories and the like. On the higher trim level models, there's cash discounts while on the lower variants, you'll be looking at getting accessories thrown into the deal.
After dropping the 500 from its line-up, Fiat only has two products on sale here, the Linea and the Punto. Both of these are getting discounted heavily if you're interested. The Linea gets discounts of up to Rs 70,000 while the Punto gets benefits and discounts of up to a Rs 63,000. This just might be deal you're waiting for to plonk down on a Fiat.
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