Top 10 Things to be Considered While Purchasing a New Car in Nepal

There are more than 30 car brands with over 200 different models to choose from in Nepal. That’s a lot of choice, so are you sure you’re getting the best value for your purchase?? Read on with EasyCars’ guide to choosing the car best suited for your lifestyle.

 

10.  What are you buying your car for?

Is it for your daily commute to work, or for some off road adventure stolen from your busy schedule? Make sure you know why you are buying a car – mental preparation and realistic expectations for performance and money spent on fuel / maintenance will go a long way in enjoying your new vehicle.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

9.  Price

It all boils down to price - you get what you pay for. But make an informed decision; there are a lot of cars in the market that are way over priced, and quite a few which offer great value for money. Shop around (or in this case, browse around the EasyCars website). Don’t fall for the salesman’s pitch. Rather, ask friends for their personal feedback on the cars that they are driving. But beware, most people tend to say good things about their cars!!!

Price of any product is basically an individual matter, but no one wants to pay more uneccessarily. And purchasing a car is about spending a fortune of at least a couple of lakhs. As the purchasing power of the people of Nepal is not very high, buying a new car is always an issue.      


8.  Mileage

With petrol prices at NRP 102 already, a car with better mileage is a winner!! There are some surprisingly quiet diesel sedans out now in the market that you might want to consider. Of course, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you want a luxury sedan like a Chevrolet Cruz, don’t expect the mileage of a Maruti Alto.

Point to be noted – most models which give a good mileage have a better resale record in Nepal.                                                                                                        

Mileage of a vehicle is the number of kilometers it runs per liter of fuel. Nepalese customers go through frequent fuel shortages and price hikes without any pre-notice. Therefore, mileage is one of the major concerns to the customers.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   



7.  Financing facilities and Interest rates

Face it, how many people at this moment can really afford to buy a nice car with full cash payment? Roughly, only 5 percent of the total customers of Nepal purchase vehicles on down payment. Most car dealers have a company tie up with some financial institution or the other, so take advantage of that offer. Again, it pays to shop around to get a good deal on interest rates.

Rest, everyone purchases vehicles on bank financing. So, customers should have the knowledge about different interest rates banks are offering for automobile loans. 


6.  Insurance

Insurance is something we Nepalis are not very used to, but when you’re buying a vehicle with bank financing, it is a must. After all, the banks need to know their investment is safe JHowever, do try to insure your car even if you don’t have any bank liabilities. As the car wears down with age, the insurance will pay off. In our experience, Himalayan General Insurance comes off top with its friendly customer service and prompt payment record.


5.  Ground clearance

This comes back to point number one – what are you buying the car for? If you’re thinking of frequent road trips outside the city, you’ll need a vehicle with better ground clearance. Actually, you’ll need a vehicle with good ground clearance even for driving within some parts of city itself, but most cars available in Nepal are good enough for normal day to day driving. As a rule of thumb, the more luxurious the ride (for sedans), the lower the ground clearance. Try to stick with a minimum clearance of 160 mm for a comfortable ride.

Everyone is aware of the conditions of roads Nepal. Streets of Kathmandu has puddles and unmanaged speed breakers due to which the lower part of the vehicles can be damaged. Ground Clearance of about 160 mm is a must for the vehicle to run properly in the streets of Kathmandu.

 

4.  Availability of spare parts

This one is a real kicker. Some cars look great, cost less, but cost you an arm and a leg to replace even the most minor parts, say a headlight cover or a side mirror. Indian parts are comparatively cheaper, and Japanese cars have usable duplicates (use duplicates only for non essential items like bumpers or headlights, never for mechanical parts). The established brands have good availability of spare parts in most stores around town, for other brands you might be kept waiting for parts. Do the math in your head, and go with whatever makes sense for your particular situation.

Point to be noted – most models which have cheaper parts and are easily available have a better resale record in Nepal.

As the automobile market of Nepal is not very big and new models of vehicles are introduced by the dealers quite often, the model customers buy may be discontinued in the near future. This results in the lack of spare parts. Though, many corporate houses are being more and more sensitive towards customer satisfaction, this may not be an issue with few brands but the problem persists.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

3.  Service delivery

With the Nepali automobile sector getting so competitive, car dealers should be able to provide you with the best service. Check what kind of service your dealer offers you. How many free check ups do they offer? Do they provide pick and drop services? What if you’re stranded somewhere in the highway? If the company cares enough for your comfort, chances are you’ll enjoy your car more. In fact, we advise you to put service as a top priority when you are choosing your car.             



2.  Safety Features

Road safety is no accident. That’s not our line, but we liked it, and we used it. Hopefully, you will never need to use any of the safety features, but it always pays to be prepared. Remember the famous accident when a Honda City mowed down a few people next to Bir Hospital? The car was a wreck, but no one inside was seriously hurt. And always wear a seat belt.       



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              


1.  Use your head

Like we said, there are a lot of choices when buying a new car in Nepal. They are all good in their own right. Some are inexpensive, some are stylish, some are sturdy, some have better resale values, and so on. All you need to do is find the right one for you. If you still can’t make up your mind, you can always call us up to help you out.                


Always at your service – www.EasyCars.com.np      


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