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Why is it a Worst Time to Buy Car from Jan 2018 to March 2019 in India

Why is it a Worst Time to Buy Car from Jan 2018 to March 2019 in India

Planning to Buy Car in 2018. Know why you should Avoid Buying New Car in 2018 till March 2019 due to Changing Emission Norms, Upcoming Electric Cars and Policies impacting Car Sales in Future

 

Why is 2018 a Worst Time to Buy Car in India

Passenger Car Market is evolving, but trust the current period developments making time frame till March 2019 the worst time to buy Car

Some of the reasons

» BS6 Fuel Pan India from April 2019: With OMC – Oil Marketing Companies planning to introduce BS-VI Compliant Fuel from April 2018 in Delhi and from April 2019 Pan India, its likely that Passenger Car OEM will also manufacture in compliant BS VI Cars from April 2019 (instead of April 2020)

As the thrust on cleaner fuel and the fact that Sulphur levels in BS-6 Fuel will be much lower as against BS-4 Fuel – this may cause quicker wear and tear issue to Fuel Injectors in Diesel Cars of BS-IV Compliant, when using BS-6 Fuel, been Sulphur is also one of key components for lubricating Diesel Engine. Details on BS6 Fuel Impact

Its best to await for BS-6 Compliant Diesel Car using BS-6 Fuel for long lasting Ownership

» Electric Cars going to be Thrust in Future: Maruti Suzuki Senior Management has been making frequent visits to Japan for Electric Car Technology. In near future, we can witness in Swift Hybrid and Ignis Hybrid in Indian market. Toyota also interesting in introducing Hybrid and Electric. Mahindra also aim to expand Electric Cars. Details on Maruti Electric Cars

Tata Motors also entering with launch of Electric Nano next month to Commercial Operator. Also is working on its promising Hatchback Tiago Electric

Infact with Government intent of going all Electric Cars by 2030 – we can start witnessing Tax Sops, Investments to push Electric Cars in India and address in issue of Polluted Petrol and Diesel Car

» VVMP Program – Government offlate is working on Voluntary Vehicle Modernization Plan, where to address in Pollution can come up with a scheme of scrapping Old Cars and incentivizing owners to buy New Car by offering rebates. Details on Old Car Scrap Policy

Been owners who are having 14 to 15 year Old Cars  (or later) – means 2003 manufactured cars are getting very less value of Old Cars, and to incentivize them in near future – the VVMP Scheme can be introduced to offer in almost 50% GST Tax Benefits on buying New Car – can help in unlock good price of old car so as to buy New Car.

» BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment) – If you intending to buy Entry Hatchback or Mid Hatchback or Compact Sedan, then still most of the models in the segment only offers ABS and Airbags only in Top of Line Variants. While some entry hatchback do not offer ABS at all. Details on BNVSAP Safety

Its expected that with BNVSAP in place, all cars from October 2018 will come with ABS and Dual Airbags as standard. Even frontal crash test norms will be stringent at 64 Kmph at par with Global levels jumped from existing 48 Kmph as defined by NCAP, due to which Auto Makers likely to improvise in Build quality of Cars. Even if deferred on hue and cry of some Auto Makers – this will most likely come up from April 2019 in BS-6 Compliant Cars.

 

Some Downsides also of Buying Cars in 2019

As it all looks well - but there is a Flip Side of Buying Cars in 2019

The Prices going to be relative much higher especially in Entry Segment where they have to upgrade in Body Structure for Better Crash Test Norms, All New Emission Norms compliant Technology - this will jack up prices to extent of upto Rs 50K for Hatchback Segment and upto Rs 70K for Mid Sedan and SUV Segment from Existing Prices

So - your Overall Purchase cost going to be higher - but this will translate in the Quality you will get in terms of Safety Features, Better Structural Rigidness and Latest Emission Compliance.  

 

Overall Which Cars you Should Not Buy

» If looking for a Diesel Car - its worth to await for Cars which will be BS-6 Compliant

» If looking for a Entry Hatchback, Mid Hatchback, Compact Sedan and getting a car without Safety Features - Wait as with BNVSAP - all cars sold in near future will come with Safety Features as Standard

Also, If have Older BS-3 Diesel Cars bought before 2010 - its advisable to Plan for Selling it by the time BS-6 Fuel is available.

Final Recommendation - If not in a hurry and looking for a latest Emission compliant Car with Best Build or even Electric – then its worth to await for 2019 April wherein you can buy New Car giving you long lasting Peace of Mind Ownership

The Impact will be Minimal or say Non Existent on Petrol Cars which is going to run smooth as what running on Euro IV Fuel.

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Comments 2

Guest - Vk on Wednesday, 24 October 2018 20:39

Is there any problem to buy a new petrol swift in this year? Will it affect any norms in future?

Is there any problem to buy a new petrol swift in this year? Will it affect any norms in future?
Guest - Sudhir on Sunday, 26 November 2017 21:45

Thanks for eye opener post
I have deferred my plan of buying a Diesel SUV
Also have decided to sell my 7 year old swift Diesel in 2018 before buying a new car in 2019
Hope uber will bridge gap for couple of months to commute

Thanks for eye opener post I have deferred my plan of buying a Diesel SUV Also have decided to sell my 7 year old swift Diesel in 2018 before buying a new car in 2019 Hope uber will bridge gap for couple of months to commute
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