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Toyota Innova Sold on: 15 August 2014

I had really an awesome and wonderful introduction with TSM. It's assured that to sell a vehicle, I think this could be an appropriate place for anyone, I hope.

Praveen Manthiramoorthy
Maruti Ritz Bought on: 12 September 2014

Thanks for the Support Team TSM! I bought a silver Ritz petrol car and I am very happy by the way your Staff responded to me during the chain of communications and vehicle delivery. I am very happy with the performance of my ritz. I have started recommending my friends to TSM for used cars. Keep up the good work.

V. Leela Kumar
Maruti Swift Sold on: 22 October 2014

I had a very good experience selling my car through TSM. I researched the market for a month and this was the best offer I got. The transaction also happened very quickly. Thank you TSM!

Ford Figo Bought on: 10 November 2014

I purchased my car though TSM last month. I am happy that I got a car I liked and at a price I liked as well. Coming to TSM, I have slowly changed my mind set about buying used cars.

Hyundai Verna Sold on: 18 January 2015

My first conversation with TSM gave me the confidence that I am selling my car through a reputed source. They educated me on how to assess a used car and explained me on how they derived at a selling price. I can undoubtedly say that TSM is the place to go for trading used cars


We have dealt with TSM for over 18 years now. We have been trading in our cars for new or newer vehicles regularly over these years. It has been a completely hassle free experience. More importantly, the documentation is clear, clean and very legal.

Kishore S.N. Vice President. Triad Software Pvt. Ltd. Read More

23 April 2015

We have dealt with TSM for over 18 years now. We have been trading in our cars for new or newer vehicles regularly over these years. It has been a completely hassle free experience. More importantly, the documentation is clear, clean and very legal. The financial aspects have been clear and fair with no room for any niggling doubts.

The Sales and Marketing team has been very helpful in aiding us with the right choice for our requirements and budget. The S&M team have answered all our questions very patiently, with sincerity, during multiple visits before decision making. The customer service has been truly outstanding.

The cars purchased at TSM has given us a trouble-free performance throughout our usage over time.

Overall, we have had a great experience in all our transactions at TSM who have been a one-stop shop for all our automotive purchases.

Kishore S.N.
Vice President.
Triad Software Pvt. Ltd.

My association with TS Mahalingam and Sons is more than a decade. It has always been my 'one stop' solution for buying a used car. I have always found that TSM's advice is tailor made to your needs. Mr Ravishankar and his staff are always courteous, honest and support you far beyond the purchase.

Sasi Dr.V.Sripathi MS, MCh, FRACS Senior Consultant Pediatric Urologist and Robotic Surgeon Apollo Children's Hospital

I wish to share my experience and feeling in dealing with TSM. The team of persons make you comfortable and at ease during the transaction. One would feel at home. They prove to be responsible and that exhibits their TRUST in action.

Best wishes R Raman


Used car trade is a highly unorganised business in India and with the advent of scores of online portals to enable used car trade, the onus is on the buyer to make sure that the transaction is genuine. Stolen vehicles or scrap cars are routinely sold to unsuspecting buyers by unscrupulous dealers. So, is there a way to ensure that you are not being conned? Checking the documents of the car can give a lot of clarity about the origin and condition of the car. Here are some simple tips:

Check the Registration Certificate (RC)

The RC book is the most important that accompanies a vehicle. It certifies the owner that the car indeed belongs to him and also lists various details of the car. It is very important to have the RC in your car.  Driving a car without an RC book illegal in India. Here is a sample RC: Registration Certificate The above picture is a sample of the latest smart RC issued by the TN RTO. Older forms were in paper format but had the same details essentially. The RC carries the vehicle's engine number and chassis number. Make sure that this tallies with the number on the engine and chassis. Loan Lien - If a car has a loan against it, the RC will have an endorsement that hypothecates the car to the lender. Even if the loan has been paid off, unless proper documents of loan closure are submitted to the RTO, this endorsement will stay on the RC. If you buy a used-car with the loan lien endorsement, legally your car belongs to the lender. So make sure that there is no loan lien endorsement on the RC. Loan Endorsement on RC Duplicate Registration Certificate (DRC) - In the event of a loss of the original RC, the RTO issues a DRC to the owner of the car. If you notice that the used car that you are buying is a DRC, request to see the original invoice of the car. The invoice will serve as a counter verification for the DRC. It would certify that the DRC was not obtained by any fraudulent means. Duplicate Registration Certificate

Ask for the Original Manual

Most car owners keep the original manual that came with the car at the time of purchase. Even if the car has had more than one previous owner, the original manual should have changed hands along with the car. A well kept manual is indicative of careful maintenance of the car.

Ask for the Service History

If a car has had regular service done at the service station, then it is likely that a service history is available with the owner. But in many cases, this history is either unavailable or incompletely maintained. In such cases, look for a service station's sticker on the car. Calling up that service station with the car registration number might yield you the car's service history. This would also act as a counter check to the odometer reading on the car.

Check the Insurance Documents

See the car's insurance papers to make sure that there is no gap in the car's insurance. The insurance premium is at a considerable discount if there had been no previous claims on the car indicating a clean record.

Insist on a Duplicate Key

An original owner of the car would certainly posses a duplicate key that came with the car at the time of purchase. Most of the smart keys that accompany cars these days cannot be duplicated by ordinary locksmiths and only the car dealership can make one for you. At TSM, we diligently check for all these to make sure that we transact only with genuine buyers and sellers and the client walks away with a complete guarantee from us. We also ensure that the car has not been involved in major accidents or floods and the interior and exterior are in very good condition.      
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Tyre rotation is done to achieve even tread wear and long tread life. Rotation is necessary because of the uneven wear of each wheel on the vehicle. For example, front wheel drive vehicles place braking, steering and driving forces on the front axle tyres. Rear axle tyres only receive braking forces resulting in a much faster wear rate for the front axle tyres. Hence, tyre rotation becomes very important for optimum tyre life. [caption id="attachment_185" align="alignnone" width="800"]Tyre rotation important to even tread wear Tyre rotation important to even tread wear[/caption]
0 | 19.08.2016 09:44 AM | PRIYAPARTHA
Ok, so you want to buy a car - it's a serious decision that could come back to haunt you if you haven't asked yourselves the right questions before making it. Most people decide on a car based on a brand they like or the budget they have instead of selecting the right car that will suit their purpose and purse. Do you know the what, where, why, how of buying a car? Here is our guide to questions you must ask and answer before buying a car:

What kind of car?

Cars come in many sizes and shapes and before selecting one, you must first understand why you need the car and choose an appropriate model for it. If you will primarily use your car to drive within the city, and if you are a nuclear family, a hatchback or a compact sedan will be sufficient since they are easy to handle and easy to park in congested city traffic. On the other hand, if you have an extended family or you drive long distances on a regular basis, you might want to consider a more spacious MPV or a sturdy SUV. Read here for more details on how to select the right kind of car.

What variants/options do I need in the car?

Most cars offer several variants in each model - Petrol/Diesel and Manual/Automatic transmission being the ones to bear serious consideration. Diesel is cheaper than petrol but Diesel cars are more expensive at the time of buying the car. Maintenance cost is also higher and insurance will be costlier too owing to the higher price of the vehicle. It takes roughly about 4 years, given the current differential in petrol and diesel prices for an individual to break even with the Diesel variant. So, if the plan is to hold on to the car for a long period of time, Diesel will be worthwhile but if you are planning to trade your car every 2-3 years, petrol variant might be the more viable choice. However, if you are planning long trips with the car, then the fuel cost savings will be considerable to favour the Diesel variant. Read our blog on Manual Vs Automatic transmission cars to decide which will be the best option for you.

New or Used Car?

The advantages of buying a new car are plenty - manufacturer's warranty, smell of new leather (if you like that), mint condition are among those. But buying a second hand car has one great advantage - Cost. Did you know that your car depreciates in value by almost 10-15% as soon as you drive a new car off the dealership? By the end of one year, the car would have lost almost 20% of its value by depreciation. The rate of depreciation is slower for every subsequent year but by 5 years, the car’s value drops by over 60%. Read our blog post on depreciation here. If you or your company do not benefit by declaring depreciation on a balance sheet, the cost advantage of buying a used-car makes it a better choice. Buying a second hand car from a trusted source limits the risk of buying a lemon. Getting a used car that is only 2-3 years old will save you depreciation while still being in good condition.

Which Brand?

This is a tricky question - which brand of car do you choose, based on your answers to the first 3 questions? If one leaves the image and status value of brands aside and only focus on the merits of the car itself, it is an easier task to pick the right brand. The first criteria would be your budget. If you have decided to buy a sedan, you could buy a Maruti Swift D'zire for Rs 6 lakhs or a Toyota Camry for Rs 30 lakhs. So set your budget and then look for choices in that range. Next would be to see which brand, among your price range, offers the best service in your area. Availability of service and spare parts must be a consideration since these have a bearing on the maintenance of the car.

Where do I buy the car?

If you are buying a new car, the choice is easier - go to the authorised dealership of the brand of your choice and book the car. Here too, make sure that the dealership offers good financing plans, insurance and will complete the paperwork associated with all of this in a clean and swift manner. If you are thinking of a second hand car, then make sure you buy it from a trusted source. Used-car dealers come in all forms so be sure you pick ones that are reputed and trust-worthy. Fly by night operators may offer big discounts but they could be window dressing lemons. Look for dealerships that have been operating for a long time and offer you good options in insurance and financing. Cars listed online are not always what they claim to be and do not offer any add-on service like arranging finance or insurance. All the paper work is also your own responsibility, which can be time consuming.  
1 | 18.08.2016 10:13 AM | ADMIN