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Planning to buy a car? Now may be the best time as SBI, auto cos offer big deals

If you are planning to buy a new car, this may the best time. To boost sales amid tepid demand, car companies have announced several schemes like cash discounts, extended warranty and free insurance, while country’s biggest lender State Bank of India (SBI) has announced waiver of processing fee on car loans.

Ahead of festive season, almost all car companies including market leader Maruti, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, Mahindra are giving huge discounts on several models.

Maruti is giving heavy discounts of Rs 70,000 on its popular models like Dzire and Swift, while Hyundai has also announced discounts of as high as Rs 1 lakh on its i10, Xcent and Verna models. Not far behind, Honda cars like Amaze and City are being offered with discounts of nearly Rs 50,000.

Besides heavy discount by the car makers, SBI has also announced that customers can avail 90% of the car’s on-road price at a fixed interest of as low as 8.7%, with no escalation in interest. Apart from that, the bank has announced that a concession of 25 bps on interest rate will be given to those customers who will applied for car loan via digital platform.

Here is a list of discounts on some models:

Car Models Cash discount Other Discount Additional benefits
Maruti Dzire Rs 49,000 Rs 25,000 Extended 5-yr warranty
Maruti Swift (Diesel) Rs 43,000 Rs 25,000 Extended 5-yr warranty
Maruti Ciaz Rs 70,000 (Total Discount)
Hyundai i10 Rs 60,000 Rs 35,000
Honda Amaze NA Rs 30,000 Additional 5-year warranty, free insurance
Honda City Rs 32,000 Rs 30,000 NA
Toyota Innova Rs 25,000 Rs 30,000 Rs 1.25 lakh discount on 2018 model
Renault Duster Rs 1 Lakh on Pre Facelift Model
Mahindra KUV100 Rs 39,000 Rs 29,000 Rs 5000 accessories
Renault Kwid Rs 10,000 Rs 10,000 4 Year Warranty
Datsun Redi Go Rs 25,000 Rs 12,000

Some customers are waiting for a decision on Goods and Services Tax (GST) as the industry is demanding a lower tax on cars to boost demand. But, in case of any GST cut, according to reports companies will pass on the reduced GST benefit to the consumers but other discounts will be discontinued.

Companies are giving heavy discounts to boost sales and clear stocks of outgoing BS4 diesel models. Maruti Suzuki is offering free 5 year/1 lakh km warranty on the BS4 diesel models of Swift, Dzire, S Cross and Vitara Brezza. Maruti will to discontinue its diesel engine cars after April 1, 2020.

Auto sales have been falling almost every month in the past one year. The sales fell 31% in July to a two-decades low level.


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