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8 Things To Consider While Buying A Two Wheeler

January 23 2016

Now who does not like to own a two-wheeler? A recent study by the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) states that nearly 77% of India's vehicle market is dominated by two-wheelers.

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With ever increasing traffic congestion and varying road conditions, two wheelers continue to remain the favourite mode of transport for commuters across India. Convenience features like ease of usage, ease of manoeuvrability, and hassle-free parking continue to be the top reasons for owning a two wheeler. In addition, low down-payment, attractive loans, and low maintenance costs make owning two wheelers easy.

The Indian two wheeler market is where the buyers are spoilt. Within every segment, there are multiple choices for the buyers to consider. In addition, imaginative marketing and promotions add to the confusion and buying a two wheeler becomes a daunting task.

Here is a quick guide to help you identify your requirements so that you can zero-in on the perfect ride:

Usage

The most important consideration for selecting a two wheeler is, 'What will be the nature of my usage?' A vehicle with more power is ideal if you plan to commute longer distances along highways, on the other hand, you can settle for lower power options if you have shorter trips within city limits. The number of kilometres that you plan to cover each day should influence your purchase decision.

Budget

As always, never put the cart before the horse! Fix a budget before you start hunting for a Two Wheeler. For example, once you set a budget of `50,000 to `60,000, you will get a clear view of your options, keeping you off vehicles that are below or beyond your range. However, don't let this be your guiding light. Based on your overall requirement, you might be able to get more value for lesser cost.

Mileage

Extreme fuel efficiency is one of the key draws for two wheeler buyers. With bikes claiming to offer efficiencies of over 100 kmpl, buyers have more options than ever before. Acquaint yourself with the features of the vehicle you plan to buy and look out for expert reviews, comparisons and analysis. Always take the claimed mileage with a pinch of salt. Remember that the mileage under test conditions is not what you can expect on the road. Also note that fuel consumption is influenced by the riding style and maintenance.

Body Features 

Choose a two wheeler that is durable and at the same time would complement your style. Lookout for features like body graphics, headlight styling, seating comfort, safety features and storage space.

Maintenance and Servicing 

Generally ignored, this factor weighs heavily in making an informed buying decision for a suitable two wheeler as it has a direct bearing on your running cost. The manufacturer you select should have an extensive network of service centres providing easy availability of spare parts.

Ease of Handling for your Family 

Multiple family members might consider using the same vehicle. Hence, opt for a two wheeler that is easy to use by everyone.

Type of Roads 

A two wheeler that is great on city roads might not be a good choice on rough roads. If your travel includes such routes, you need a vehicle with better suspension. Go for a two wheeler that has a reliable shock absorbing mechanism for managing longer, bumpier rides.

Resale Value 

Last but not the least, look for a vehicle that has higher resale value. A vehicle which is still in production (at the time of sale) will fetch a higher value. In addition, factors like maintenance, service centre network and mileage clocked can make or break a deal.

Maintenance and Servicing

Generally ignored, this factor weighs heavily in making an informed buying decision for a suitable two wheeler as it has a direct bearing on your running cost. The manufacturer you select should have an extensive network of service centres providing easy availability of spare parts.

Well, here is wishing you a safe ride!

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