From time to time, there are several Professional ‘Group Road
Test Reports’ that are published by leading Auto Magazines as
well as put-up on Websites such as ours. Such Reports are by and large
quite reliable, but based on Cars ‘as submitted’ to the
Evaluators and assessed during the period they are with them. In other
words, such Reports cannot predict the long-term behaviour or reliability/maintenance
costs of a Car.
iii) On our Sites, we have some very exhaustive and
user-friendly pages to help one evaluate a prospective purchase –
Log on to either <cybersteering.com>
b) Access the above page and key in your choices of Makes/Models.
c) It will open up the entire database relating to the Models of your
choice, including Users Feedback AND Links to Professional Road Test
Reports posted on it elsewhere on the Sites.
d) You can go a step further by accessing the Link below -
and get the Specs of any two Cars of your Choice displayed side by side
- by getting to the ‘Cars Comparator’!
iv) Having so crossed the first step, the next one
is to decide whether you do a lot of b2b city driving or more of out
station ones. Towards the former, for example, a Santro is hard to beat
as excellent value for money but in the same Group, for more of outstation
runs, a Palio-1.2/1.6 is a much better bet.
v) In each Group, Petrol-to-Petrol or Diesel-to-Diesel,
locate which one has been the highest selling Car for the last two years.
After all you can fool some people some times but not all the people
all the times!
vi) One of the most FAQs is which one will have the
lowest maintenance costs – post Warranty. I for one believe that
none can answer this with predictable accuracy, for the variables are
far too many. For example –a) No two pieces of the same production
batch are alike, b) No two drivers are alike, c) No two driving cycles
can ever be alike and d) above all – no two Cars preventive maintenances
can ever be alike.
vii) Nonetheless, it can be a fair assumption that
a Car which is –
a) highest selling in its class for the last 2-yrs or so and b) in turn
has the highest ‘indigenous content’ will have its Spares
most reasonably priced and freely available.
b) The opposite of this is that Cars with a high import content, though
have ‘routine consumable spares’ reasonably priced to lure
the customers for the initial purchase, their other spares which one
starts needing after Warranty is over cost a Bomb.