A Skoda Octavia vRS is for sale and Iâ€™m tempted to buy it in Jaipur. The car is a 2006 model and has clocked 69,000km. I have always liked the Octavia more than the Laura for its tank-like build. The sheer thrill of driving this car is unmatched by the latter too. The car is available for RsÂ 3.50 lakh. Is it worth the money? Are spares easily available as I intend to keep it for a long time? Anything else I need to know?
Vijay Aditya Singh
The first generation Skoda Octavia vRS is a cult car. The resale value reduces every year so there are quite a few tempting deals in the market. However, post purchase, you will have to spend quite a bit on maintenance and replacement of parts. Most used Octavia vRSâ€™ need a clutch replacement and that doesnâ€™t come cheap. The driveshaft, suspension and power steering rack are expensive to replace too. Spares arenâ€™t easily available but if you look around, there are a few importers who can procure OEM parts. RsÂ 3.5 lakh is more than the market value, you could probably negotiate further.