Grabbing over 50 percent of the market share in 2018, Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) continues to rule the Indian automotive market with its value for money cars. Besides new cars, you are more likely to find a buyer even for a used Maruti Suzuki car. That’s the brand value it carries.
Starting its innings with the people’s car, Maruti 800, the Japanese carmaker now produces cars of almost all sizes and shapes ranging from entry-level hatchbacks to full-size hatchbacks, compact sedans, mid-size sedans, crossovers, SUVs, MPVs, vans, and even a commercial mini-truck. Presently, it has 17 cars in its India portfolio with the Maruti Alto 800 being the most affordable one at Rs 2.53 lakh while the Maruti S-Cross is its most expensive product with prices starting at Rs 8.85 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, New Delhi). While there’s no cap on the price of Maruti Suzuki used cars as it depends on a lot of factors such as kilometers run, overall condition, model year, etc.
Quick Facts about Maruti Suzuki -
- In 1997, 8 out of every 10 vehicles sold in India were of Maruti
- In 2001, Maruti True Value was launched to help a user buy and sell used car beside cars from other brands.
- February 2014. The time when the iconic Maruti 800s production was stopped.
- While Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant is its biggest unit in India at present (has an annual capacity of producing 3 lakh units), the lately inaugurated production facility in Gujarat (February 2017) is set to topple it as the company eyes to expand its production to 4.50 lakh units a year. Currently, it churns out 2.50 lakh units a year.
- Initially, Daihatsu was the original choice for the joint venture but ultimately Suzuki managed to seal the deal.
Maruti Suzuki – Resale Value
Undoubtedly, it’s the Maruti Suzuki used cars that command a high resale value among all the other automakers in India. Since its cars are easy to maintain even in the long run, car owners who wish to sell second hand Maruti Suzuki cars are assured of a good value. In fact, among the biggest reasons for people opting for a Maruti car is its strong resale value.
And one of the reasons for its unprecedented resale value is that Maruti Suzuki has the widest service network among all the carmakers in the country. Overall, there are 3200 sales outlets and 3400 service stations of Maruti Suzuki pan India. It retails cars via two channels – Arena and Nexa. The Arena dealerships are home to budget cars of the Japanese carmaker such as Alto 800, Alto K10, Wagon R, Celerio, 2018 Swift, Dzire and Ertiga, whereas its premium dealerships, Nexa, sells Maruti Ignis, Baleno, Ciaz and the S-Cross.
With time if the parts of a Maruti Suzuki car start to malfunction or do not function at all the carmaker offers genuine parts via its MGP (Maruti Genuine Parts) initiative to keep the car in good shape. Customers can buy them through its counters, which can be used to repair or replace any part of a new or old Maruti Suzuki car even in the interior parts where its service centers are not present.
Maruti Suzuki History
Maruti came into existence 37 years ago when the license and joint venture agreement was pen down between Maruti Udyog Ltd and Suzuki in February 1981. The year 1983 became the landmark year when the automaker launched its first indigenous car – the Maruti 800 - in the Indian market. It went on a launching spree for the next two years introducing Maruti Van in 1984 and Maruti Gypsy in 1985.
With the company’s success in the new car market, the used car segment too boomed as people who could not afford new cars wanted to buy used cars and the number of such buyers kept on increasing at a decent pace.
With no competition whatsoever, Maruti Suzuki continued to flourish and has now gained an unprecedented edge in the Indian automotive market.
Maruti Suzuki - What Makes It Unique?
- Low Maintenance: Maruti Suzuki is a brand name which is synonymous with low maintenance, pocket-friendly cars, which is why there are a number of buyers looking for new as well as second hand Maruti Suzuki cars.
- High Mileage: It’s no secret that people love Maruti cars as they consume less fuel. With fuel prices going up, vehicles returning with high mileages are in demands. This explains Maruti’s success to an extent in the subcontinent.
- Resale Value: Maruti Suzuki cars are easily the best when it comes to the resale value. When you decide to sell an old Maruti car, we are sure you’ll have to decide among buyers whom to choose as they are always takers for the car with a Maruti Suzuki badge.
- Value for Money: Maruti Suzuki cars are available with competitive pricing and are value for money given their overall low maintenance, easy availability of parts and access to the company’s widespread network of dealerships across the country.
Current Maruti Suzuki Cars in India - Listing of Maruti Suzuki Cars
Here’s a list of cars sold under the Maruti Suzuki badge in India.
- Hatchbacks: Maruti Suzuki - Alto 800, Alto K10, WagonR, Celerio, CelerioX, Ignis, Swift
- Premium Hatchback: Maruti Suzuki - Baleno, Baleno RS
- Sedans: Maruti Suzuki - Dzire, Ciaz
- MUVs / SUVs: Maruti Suzuki - Vitara Brezza, Gypsy, Ertiga, S-Cross
- Vans: Omni, Eco
Sell Used Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
The per capita income of the Indian buyers have gone up and they are now changing cars more frequently which ultimately gives a push to cars in the second-hand market. The good thing about this change in the buying pattern is cars in the used car market now appear in a much better condition compared to the cars sold a decade back due to their low usage.
The demand for Maruti Suzuki pre-owned cars in India is ever growing. Whether it’s used Maruti Swift, used Maruti Suzuki Dzire, used Alto or a used Vitara Brezza, the cars are equally popular in second-hand markets just like they are in the new car segment.