Is A Suzuki Car Really That Easy To Sell In Pakistan?

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A lot of people have the opinion that their Suzuki is a ready-cash and can be easily sold whenever needed. Point taken, but when asked if there has really been an instance when they have to sell their Suzuki in a desperate situation? Does the Suzuki easily give them the right price when sold? The answer of the majority was “no”.

People generally go for a market car, particularly Suzuki for cheaper maintenance, and obviously resale thus minimizing the risk of losing money. And because of this, they justify the horrendous price tag they pay for the cars that in return give them no value for money. The reason for not going for an out-of-market car means there will be fewer buyers for the vehicle whenever it is up for sale and thus fewer chances of retrieving cash when needed.

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In a real world scenario, if you are a buyer, in a used car market obviously, it’s extremely easy to find a Suzuki but can be equally tough to sell one, particularly when you are in desperate need of cash. This problem is intense with Suzukis, particularly those models which have a prolonged running life such as Mehran, Cultus, Bolan, Alto, and Khyber, etc. I have owned quite a few cars, 4 of them being Suzukis. And each time it’s painstaking to sell a Suzuki at your desired price than to sell any other brand.

Not just this, a majority of the people in my social circle who have gone through the process of selling their Suzukis in dire need of money have had problems selling them at a reasonable price and eventually had to be sold at a huge loss, no matter how well the vehicles were maintained.

 

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The thing is; if a buyer goes out to buy, say a 2007 Alto he will have tons of options in the market. And since there is almost no difference in the Altos, there is a high probability he will be getting a 2005 vehicle in a better condition while still saving some money. While if the seller has kept his 2007 Alto really well, chances are, his asking price might get the buyer a relatively newer Alto, say 2008/09 models.

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A colleague of mine was looking for a Mehran in the 400k range, and the choices were literally unlimited. In this price range, models ranging from 2006 up to 2009 were available in very good condition. While it was easy for the buyer to get a recent model in that price, “yaar ooper ka model mil raha hai”, the sellers of 2006/07 models while still demanding a realistic price for their extremely well-maintained rides were not given preference. Another case among relatives who wanted to sell their faithful 2003 Cultus before moving abroad had to sell the car at a loss of nearly 55,000/- before leaving the country. Since every visiting party claimed that they can get a clean 2005 model for that price.

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As a buyer, I can walk away from a well maintained 2012 Cultus because I might find a less driven 2010 model in the next street. Or I can go for a newer 2014 Cultus in the price of a well maintained 2012 one. The problem is intense with newer models like Cultus, Mehran, Bolan, which are still in production since long or has been discontinued recently such as Alto. However if you have a car like Margalla which was discounted some 18 years ago, and you have one in a really good condition you might be able to sell it at your desired price due to the fact that not many Margalla around will be in equally good condition.

Also, the increasing number of walking dealers who intend to make a profit on each sale/purchase amplify the misery. There are less number of potential buyers in the market while a vast majority of those who do car sale/purchase as a side business, are the first ones to ring you as soon as you mention “Urgent Sale”.

The whole point of going for a market car is to avoid the risk of losing money, and it obviously hurts when a market car that too in a good condition goes out on a loss.

If you have had a tough time selling your Suzuki, do mention your experiences in the comments below.

Usman Ansari

An automotive enthusiast associated with the animation industry since 15 years having worked with leading organizations and production facilities across Pakistan.

  • Baber

    Same here, my friend had trouble selling his 2006 Cultus. He was asking what he thought would be the right price. The point you mentioned, people needn’t wait for him to bring down his asking, and they moved on but the moment he dropped 1 lac to the range in which I sold my 2004 cultus, his car sell in a couple of weeks. Then there’s an office colleague who has eye on a 2007 VXL for the same price, he has been offered to his 2003-4 cultus.

    There are so many Suzukis, its really amazing how people still think that they will get the same price they bought it some 2-3-4 years ago. It just isn’t it. The Alto is an overpriced junk.

  • Khawar Fayyaz

    I Sold 2015 (August, 5000 km, Lahore number) model Cultus for 9.50 lakhs. Had to face loss of 1.50 lakhs. As cultus invoice is 10.64 lakhs for non filer and rest was spent on registration.

  • Umer Fayyaz

    theoretically your analysis is accurate

  • AbdulB1

    total bakwas article if u ask anyone who has lived in a decent country. Sadly technology wise our country is another cuba. there is no progress in car safety and fuel efficient design. in other countries 10 years old car is kicked off the road but in our country people still want to keep it another 20 years. And most of this situation is due to 100% tax placed on vehicles by our stupid govt.

  • Imran Baloch

    i will be selling my 7 Alto next yr…….started shivering inside 🙁

  • Shoaib

    Completely agree with you sir, because i am one of the victim of this
    situation right now. Trying to sale my cultus 2004 for last two weeks
    still not succeeded. Whereas I sold margalla 95 couple of years ago with
    around 40k profit as compare to my purchase cost

  • pradotlc

    loss on sale?.. lol

    you guys ever heard of depreciation?… a car loses 10% of it’s value the moment it leaves the show room…

    I was in market and looked at some used cars and the price difference was minimal… it was just silly. So I booked a new one.

  • I am a Student

    I drove Mehran for 7 years and now for last 1.8 years i am driving a JDM Honda Life 2007 model and i have decided to say BYE BYE to suzuki forever (exceptions apart e.g using it as 2nd car etc.)

  • Ijlal Mujtaba

    bhai gari lete kiu ho. jungle mein rehty ho. adopt kro environment ko. CD70 lo aur zindagi sanwaar lo apni.

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