Used Car Buying Guide: Pre-owned Honda City - All You Need To Know
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Used Car Buying Guide: Pre-owned Honda City – All You Need To Know

A four-wheeler is more of a necessity rather than a luxury, especially in the times of the new normal. So, when you are buying one, many factors need to be considered, such as your need, budget, usage, maintenance cost, mileage, and other things. While there is an option to buy a new car, if you are open to buying used cars, you will find some lucrative opportunities in the market.

Are you already in search of a drive for yourself or your friends and family? What would be a better option other than an elite and well-maintained Honda City? A steering wheel already steered by someone else can be a tricky choice, but if you know the inside-out of used cars, you will know the exact condition of the vehicle you are looking at. But for those of you who are new to the world of cars, don’t worry! You could buy a used Honda City from CARS24. All our cars undergo a 200 point technical inspection to ensure our customers know the exact condition of the car they are buying.

Honda City

This car has been in the game for a long time, for almost 20+ years, and it has grown every year. In the Indian market, this car is selling like hotcakes as everyone wants one. This beauty defines class, luxury, and comfort on four wheels. Since its launch in 1981, this one has been trending, and there is no looking back. It won’t be wrong to say that the City was one of the favourite cars for petrolheads when it arrived and it still is!

First Generation Honda City


If you’re wondering how we can be so sure, we need to tell you some stats. As soon as the Honda City was launched in India in 1998, people were drooling over it, and the sales were outreaching the sky. Hence, 25% of the global sales of Honda City were made solely in India.

In recent times, even the used Honda City are being sold in huge numbers. The credit goes to the credible motor and the well-made structure by the Japanese automaker.

Today, we help you look at aspects that you should be looking at while buying a used Honda City. But before that, let’s look at the key points that make Honda City a superior choice over others.

Second Generation Honda City

Why should you consider Honda City as an option?

Space: All generations of Honda City offer comfortable seating, headroom, legroom and ample boot space. Presently, it is over 50-mm wider than it was before. The wheelbase is still similar to its previous generation, but the change in space has given a reason to buy this beauty.

Features: The Honda City is not the one that is over-flooded with features; it has kept things sophisticated and classy over the year. The 2020 City comes with a 7-inch wide touchscreen infotainment system, Alexa Connectivity, LaneWatch camera, and whatnot, Honda City is without a doubt, the ultimate favourite.

Efficiency: Performance has been an essential point when it comes to buying a car. That’s what we can trust. Honda City was the first Indian car that crossed the 100 Bhp mark from the factory. The Gen-1 Honda City Vtec is still sought after by enthusiast; it’s also of choice of racing teams in India for circuit, drag and rally racing.

The current Honda City is offered in two engine options – a 1.5 liter i-Vtec petrol and 1.5 liter i-Dtec diesel. The car comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox, and the petrol engine has an additional option of CVT (Automatic). If you land this one in your hands, make sure you are kind to it, and it will be fuel-efficient to you.

Third Generation Honda City

Ride quality: If we are here giving you reasons for buying a used Honda City, we should mention the reason why you are going to buy it. The manufacturers have nailed the aspect, and you will know what we are saying when you test drive one.

These reasons are just an overview of how your life would look with a Honda City. However, there are way more additional reasons to add it in your hood. The current Honda City prices start at Rs. 10,89,900 (ex-showroom) while good used ones are available from 1 Lakh onwards depending on the model. But when buying a pre-owned, less than 5 years old cars are preferred by buyers, and a 2015 Honda City is available for around 4 to 5 Lakhs.

The Honda City is an easy-to-drive, has a perfect balance of features, comfort, and class. The peppy engine, light controls, spacious boot, fancy sunroof, and other features make this car top notch.

What should you look for while buying a used Honda City?

If you are buying a pre-owned Honda City from CARS24, you can ignore the below points as our cars are checked by experts; every flaw and imperfection is mentioned on a detailed inspection report so that you can be 100 per cent sure of the car’s condition. For the rest, while buying a used City from local dealers, classifieds or private sellers, make sure you check these before completing your purchase.

Check out: Used Honda City’s to buy in Delhi-NCR

Fourth Generation Honda City

1. Underbody damage

We know the condition of roads in our country, and the underbody of cars can be easily damaged if they have had a tough hit. Even on usual speed breakers, the mudguards can suffer damage and tyres can be scraped off. The 165 mm of the underbody of a generously performing car can have a bad patch because it can be difficult to lower the speed when needed. Also, late action can take a toll. Look southwards so that you are not duped with a faulty underbody.

Malfunctioned infotainment system

The newer models of 2017 have this issue. The 7-inch wide touch screen of the infotainment system had major software issues. The beautiful look of the dashboard can be blinding, but there are issues like slow loading of GPS maps, and long boot system, incapacity to read a USB. The software update resolved the problems, but some owners are still very much unaware of the fact that there are such glitches in the software. Before you get this one, check it properly and then dive.


When the topic of discussion is the car that is known for its outright performance, then there is a chance that the car experiences sudden twitching while speeding the car. The reasons behind this issue are a ton, but some of them are due to faulty wheel alignment or broken steering rack or steering column joint. Make sure you take a good drive of the car to make the final decision.

Faulty alternator belt

It is a common issue in the 4th and 5th generations of Honda City’s. While driving, you will hear a sudden grinding sound, and this sound is somewhat like a scraping sound against the parts of the engine. All of this just because of a malfunctioning alternator belt. The alternator belt is connected to various parts present in the car, such as the alternator, power steering pump, AC compressor pump, etc. Hence, this sound is audible. The alternator belt should be checked before you sign the documents.


Now that we mentioned the documents, we must ask you to check them. When we are talking about the most desirable car in the market, it is obvious that it is a favourite for thieves. Hence, it is important to go through the documents carefully and look out for any fraud mistakes in the RC card or papers. Go deep and do your research because Honda City has a special corner, even in the hearts of fraudsters. Go through the challan history on government websites because it is an easy task to obtain forged documents.

Fifth Generation Honda City


The 1.5-iVTEC engine is reliable and keeps you out of trouble. If the owner has maintained their City properly with timely servicing, you may be assured that there won’t be any major issues until a minimum usage of 200,000 kms. If you are buying an older version and you are unsure of the engine, you may look out for whining sounds. If you find problems, you will have to replace the timing belt, or there must be an issue with crankshaft bearing. Also, if synthetic oil has been used on the engine, you won’t face any major issues.


There are manual and automatic versions of Honda City available in the market. The gearbox in the manual version has a smooth-shifting gear level and a light clutch. However, check the clutch plates and look out for any defect that may force you to change them. Also, check if there is any stiffness while changing the gears and if the gears are slotting in well.


Type 3 model of Honda City and even the older versions have suspension issues. Most of these issues are due to rubber bush components that are hardened over the years. If the car has not been used regularly, these components become brittle, and the suspension setup becomes noisy. And if you are on the unlevelled roads, this noise may increase further. If you have not checked them, the entire suspension replacement will cost you around Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 depending on the model.

Tyres and brakes

Handling of the car can be seen from the tyres and the brake of the vehicle. Honda City has wider and more efficient tyres that offer great grip. Poor handling can take a toll on the tyres. If you know your game, you will be able to find out faults in the brakes. The brakes are sharp, and it tends to lock up its front tyres.

Converted cars

If you are looking at a Honda City that has been converted into CNG, we are here to warn you. It is because Honda City is not compatible with such conversions, and it results in excessive wear and tear of the vehicle, also loss of power in some cases.

Try: Used Honda City to buy in Bengaluru

Other components

Take a look at the headlamp and the tail because the older version’s components are hard to find in the market. If you are taking Type 3 and 4, then the components will be available easily but the OEM headlights (Stanley) is not available in most service centres and it might cost you a fortune but there are others brands like Depo – that costs around Rs. 7000 for a pair of headlights and about Rs.3000 for the taillights.

It is not that easy to find a genuine seller or buyer in the market. Hence, you may look out at Honda City options at CARS24 as you can rely on us when it comes to price, condition, ownership transfer (RC Transfer) and other paperwork.

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