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What to look for while buying a used Volkswagen Ameo diesel car

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A used Ameo that has covered less than 25,000 kilometres commands a rather premium sum of ₹6 lakh to ₹6.5 lakh

Solid build, feature-rich and nice-to-drive are the highlights of the VW Ameo. Launched in 2016, this sub-four-metre sedan is based on the Polo hatchback, but has a bit more practicality with the extra boot. A used Ameo that has covered less than 25,000km still commands a rather premium sum of ₹6 lakh to ₹6.5 lakh. But the main reason for the Ameo’s appeal is the solid build quality. In a market full of light fuel-efficient cars, this one focuses more on the build and it shows.

Buyer, beware…
  • AC vents: These are notoriously famous for breaking easily, and while they are a cheap fix, it’s always better to check them. Apart from this, have a look at the other switches and buttons as well.
  • Clutch: For cars that have covered over 40,000km, check the condition of the clutch. The clutch is an expensive part and moreover a heavy or hard clutch means difficulty driving in the city.
  • EGR valve: Look for loss in power while driving, or if the car in question is struggling on start-up. It could be a faulty EGR valve, which is a known issue on diesel Ameos and is an expensive fix costing ₹45,000.
  • How much to spend
  • ₹6-6.5 lakh
  • Even for a high-mileage car, asking prices hover around ₹6 lakh, and while that’s steep, bear in mind these are the top spec Highline trims that have a lengthy features list.

We recommend the diesel engine as it is a lot punchier and better to drive. The 110hp engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The maintenance cost is considerably higher than its rivals and spares are expensive as well. A basic service will cost anywhere between ₹12,000 and ₹14,000 and replacement parts like bumpers or mirrors cost ₹3,000 and ₹2,000 respectively.

What to look for while buying a used Volkswagen Ameo diesel car

So if you are looking for a used Ameo, first have a good look around the exterior and the underbelly of the car. If there is damage, replacing parts isn’t exactly cheap. Get inside and have a look at the AC vents which tend to break easily. Next, are the power window switches and the knob for the mirror adjust. These too tend to fail over time and are a relatively cheap fix. Then, look for any warning signs on the instrument cluster. Parts like the ABS sensor and crank sensor are expensive, so it’s best to rectify the warning light before proceeding.

Then there is the EGR valve, which is known to fail, like on the Polo. A new one costs ₹45,000 and you can identify a faulty valve if the car is struggling with power and has difficulty starting. Then, there is the clutch which again is pricey, and for cars that have covered over 30,000km, it gets quite hard and heavy to use. Insuring a three-year-old Ameo diesel will cost anywhere between ₹15,000 to ₹17,000. Running costs are on the cheaper side, with the Ameo averaging a healthy 15kpl, with a good mix of city and highway driving.

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