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Small cars dominates the market

Although the domestic automobile market has been experiencing fluctuation for the last few years, hatchbacks as compared to any other segment of four-wheeler have dominated the market. The constant introduction of a wide range of entry-level hatchbacks that best suits the budgets of many consumers has been the key factor behind the increasing popularity of these vehicles. Moreover, the small size of the car appeals to many, as it is easier to drive to narrow and crowded traffic of Kathmandu.  In the meantime, fuel efficiency and low maintenance cost are the other attractive features of the cars. Eyeing the increasing demand for hatchbacks major automobile dealers Hyundai, MarutiSuzuki, Ford, Volkaswagen, Skoda, Honda and Tata  have focused on the four-wheelers under this segment. As a result, today, hatchback covers the maximum market share of over 70 per cent of the entire four-wheeler market. It has  succeeded to dominate the domestic automobile market all because of their affordability, convenience, and fuel efficiency. Eon, Santro, i10 and i20 are four hatchbacks from Hyundai stable in the domestic market.  Skoda is currently selling three variants of its Fabia cars: Fabia Active Plus, Ambition Plus and Elegance.  Honda is currently selling Honda Brio and Jazz in the hatchback segment.  Tata is currently selling Nano, Indica and vista in the hatchback segments.

Hyundai Santro

Hyundai Santro

Beside the fierce competition in car market, hatchbacks are gaining popularity. It is less expensive to buy, more economical to maintain, easy to drive on crowded streets of Kathmandu and take less parking space. With many, more such advantages it has emerged as the most sought after the automobiles in the domestic four-wheel market. In the backdrop of this economic revolution, hatchbacks have become common sights in our city streets nowadays.  It has been leading the Nepali automotive market primarily due to their lower price tags compared to sedans and SUVs. Increasingly, newer and smaller hatchbacks are entering Nepali market with lower price tags and this has been the key factor in driving up their sales. The engine capacity and dimension of hatchbacks are lesser compared to that of sedans and SUVs, thereby, enabling the manufacturers to offer the cars at comparatively.  The availability of hatchbacks at lower prices, starting from Rs 8,58,000, has contributed to the popularity of this segment. Due to the cheaper price, individuals earning a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 and above can easily own a hatchback.


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Buying Used car vs New one

There is a growing trend in the market with a higher interest in used vehicles.  An increasing number of buyers prefer looking at used cars. The latest development has led to a new industry for these hands me down vehicles. Most of us would like to buy that new shiny car but owing to the financial restrictions and other factors, we end up looking at these used cars. There are of course pros and cons of buying a used car or a new one. Naturally, there are some upsides of buying a brand new car but there are a great number of advantages of buying a used car too.

When buying used cars, you know you would have to go through a full gamut (range, scale, scope) of checks and inspections. However, if you end up getting a great model, it is all worth in the end. Buying used car doesn’t mean that you will be getting a shabby looking vehicle guzzling up that gas? There are plenty of awesome used models in the TQM Vehicle Stock that are almost as good as new. Only, you should know how to look and where to look. In addition, buying used cars does not mean that you have to compromise on the quality and give up with amenities like warranty and servicing.

Some tips to keep in mind when looking at used cars

Look closely at your needs

Take into consideration factors like how often and where you are going to drive the car. You also need to keep in mind about the number of occupants in the car. Look for a model based on these needs.

What is your budget?

Now that you are sure of your needs; you need to pay attention to the budget. Every customer will have different needs and budget for the second hand car.

Put aside some money

You may need to spend some money on immediate upgrades or repairs like getting new tyres. You need to add these expenses too in the budget.

Survey the Market

Always do some research in the market for the second hand cars? Now that you have a budget and are sure of the model you want, you can look for these cars specially and see where you can get the best deals. With a little homework, you can sure get the best value for your money.

Check vehicle stock at TQM (www.tqmbazaar.com, www.tqmjapan.com and www.tqmnepal.com)

It is essential to deal with an honest car dealer. Read reviews and get feedback. Ask your friends and family members and soon you will have some good names on your list. Check out smaller car dealers as well as private owners. With private owners, one can sometimes get some good discounts and great deals. You will never regret if you buy used cars from TQM. Just try it once.


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Driving and Cell phones

Cell phones play an integral role in our life. However, the convenience they offer must be judged against the hazards they pose. However, a major question is how relevant is to use while driving. Though people are aware of the fact that using cell phone while driving is fatal they cannot stop themselves. If their cell phone rings, they get distracted this may cause serious accident and in some case death too.

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Distracted Driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. The types of distractions include, using a cell phone, eating and drinking, talking to passengers, reading, texting, adjusting a CD player. Cell phone distractions are becoming common all over the world.  Mainly there are two dangers associated with driving and cell phone use. One is texting takes the driver’s attention away from driving more frequently and for longer periods than other distractions. Another is younger, inexperienced drivers may be at a highest risk because they have the highest proportion of distraction related fatal crashes.

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mobile phone use
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There has been a long debate that whether it is good to use a cell phone while driving or not. Supporters of restrictions on driving while using a cell phone say that the distractions associated with cell phone use while driving are far greater than other distractions. Opponents of cell phone restrictions say drivers should be educated about the effects of all driver distractions.   The number of cell phone related accidents is on the rise. With more and more research indicating a positive correlation between cell phone use and car accidents, it is important to do what you can to be as safe as possible while driving. While the best way to reduce cell phone related car accidents is to simply not talk on a cell phone while driving, if you find you must make a call while behind the wheel you need to follow some of the rules. Like the use of hands free device such as headset or system that is directly built in your car. These devices are particularly effective if they completely voice activated allowing drivers to keep hands on the wheel while talking on a mobile.

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Photo Source: Google

Likewise, if you have to make a call while driving, do not look down to punch in phone number. Also, do not send text message or browse internet as this can impair your ability to drive safely endangering your life and the lives of those you share the road with. Cell phones are particularly dangerous when drivers look away from the road to dial a phone number or read a text message. Similarly, avoid emotional conversations. Drivers can become so emotionally involved in a conversation that they may be less aware of their surroundings and be unable to react quickly. Apart from these, if it is necessary that you take a phone call while you are on the road, it is a good idea to pull off the road to engage in the conversation. Pulling off to a safe area will allow you to focus on the conversation and not risk getting distracted while driving.  The most important thing is only use your phone when it is necessary and limit the phone calls you have while driving.

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Although the domestic automobile market has been experiencing fluctuation for the last few years, hatchbacks as compared to any other segment of four-wheelers have dominated the market. The constant introduction of a wide range of entry-level hatchbacks that best suits the budgets of many consumers has been the key factor behind the increasing popularity of these vehicles. Moreover, the small size of the car appeals to many, as it is easier to drive to narrow and crowded traffic of Kathmandu.  In the meantime, fuel efficiency and low maintenance cost are the other attractive features of the cars. Eyeing the increasing demand for hatchbacks major automobile dealers Hyundai, MarutiSuzuki, Ford, Volkaswagen, Skoda, Honda and Tata  have focused on the four-wheelers under this segment. As a result, today, hatchback covers the maximum market share of over 70 per cent of the entire four-wheeler market. It has  succeeded to dominate the domestic automobile market all because of their affordability, convenience, and fuel efficiency. Eon, Santro, i10 and i20 are four hatchbacks from Hyundai stable in the domestic market.  Skoda is currently selling three variants of its Fabia cars: Fabia Active Plus, Ambition Plus and Elegance.  Honda is currently selling Honda Brio and Jazz in the hatchback segment.  Tata is currently selling Nano, Indica and vista in the hatchback segments.

Beside the fierce competition in car market, hatchbacks are gaining popularity. It is less expensive to buy, more economical to maintain, easy to drive on crowded streets of Kathmandu and take less parking space. With many, more such advantages it has emerged as the most sought after the automobiles in the domestic four-wheel market. In the backdrop of this economic revolution, hatchbacks have become common sights in our city streets nowadays.  It has been leading the Nepali automotive market primarily due to their lower price tags compared to sedans and SUVs. Increasingly, newer and smaller hatchbacks are entering Nepali market with lower price tags and this has been the key factor in driving up their sales. The engine capacity and dimension of hatchbacks are lesser compared to that of sedans and SUVs, thereby, enabling the manufacturers to offer the cars at comparatively.  The availability of hatchbacks at lower prices, starting from Rs 8,58,000, has contributed to the popularity of this segment. Due to the cheaper price, individuals earning a monthly salary of Rs 30,000 and above can easily own a hatchback. Image
Hyundai Santro
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Poor Public transportation of Nepal

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If you possess a vehicle in Nepal people see it as one of the standard measure of success. People who don’t have any means of transport aspire for bicycles and motorbikes while those with motorbikes dream of owning cars. Besides this, vehicle has become the social prestige too. One question may arise that how relevant is it to give emphasis to private vehicles when entire country still lacks a proper public transport system. Article on Public transport of Nepal If we look at capital and its major cities, we can see large number of private vehicles and day by day, it is increasing too. Amidst this, public transport system have pitiful plight. Public transports are the easiest means of transport for the common people. Due to low cost it is affordable and relevant for common people. In Nepal government has operated a Sajha Yatayat and Trolley bus was established through Chinese assistance. Though it got tremendous response from the people, it can’t operate longer. After shut down of this transport, a couple of attempts has been made to resume this service. However, Sajha Yatayat resumed its service on April 14, 2013. As it has introduced certain norms and has set some rules, the people are optimistic that it will help solve problems related to public transport, which includes doing away with the monopoly of a few public transport entrepreneurs. The Sajha has introduced the system of queuing, transfer ticket, stopping only at specific stops and so on.
Nepal transporters have also been raising the fares periodically and for this not only the price of petroleum products are to be blamed. The syndicate system that is in force does not permit for the charging of fair fares that should be determined scientifically. This has also made the transport sector inefficient. Supreme Court of Nepal has imposed the ban to any form of syndicate in the transport sector in practice this has not been implemented. There is a syndicate in this sector, which allows the transporters a monopoly as regards freight costs and public vehicle fares. The transporters are taking this as a grant and the law is doing nothing about it, but merely allowing this unethical practice that has been outlawed. This is injustice to the people and the traders. Equally worrisome is that such a syndicate run transport system leaves transport fares highly volatile. In such condition, people are forced to think that they are living in a country where no government prevails.
Public transport is mainly for the low standard and mid standard people who rely on it for their daily means of transport. Likewise, students depend on public transport too. If manage it properly and run regularly, it is one of the easiest and cheapest means of transport. Nowadays public transport is more of a business from which the owners can make hefty profit more than a public service run at nominal cost. Nepal Government has done little to make transport fare affordable to all sections of society. Similarly, government is not taking public transport issues seriously for the elderly, disabled and the young. The need for a government-run and regulated transportation system is evident. Perhaps that would also go some way towards assuring female passengers, who are routinely harassed in public vehicles, that the government takes their safety seriously. Relying on taxis is a luxury that only a select few can afford, and even then, the safety of passengers is not guaranteed. It is high time the government created an alternative solution that could guarantee quality transport to people at a low cost. Good governance, strict rules and regulations is must to give continuity for the public transport of Nepal. Likewise, private sectors and stakeholders must awake and contribute themselves to make public transport system cheapest and safest mode of transport.


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Go Hybrid save environment

Hybrid cars have been rapidly gaining popularity nowadays. Due to the growing fuel crisis and climate change, carmakers are shifting focus to these hybrid electric vehicles and most countries encourage and provide tax rebate on these vehicles. A hybrid car is one that uses more a gasoline engine and an electric motor, each of which can propel it.But, when it comes to Nepal the promotion of Hybrid vehicle is disappointing. Nepal is nowhere on track to encourage these environment friendly and fuel – efficient cars. It seems Nepal does not realize the importance of hybrid cars. As a result, there is no difference between the import duties on hybrid cars and the normal cars. The government imposes hefty 240 percent import duty on automobile imports, which is one of the highest in the world. It is unfortunate to say that the same tax structures in impose on hybrid cars ,while even neighboring countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and India offer incentives thorough tax rebates on such cars.
Toyota and Honda have one hybrid car each in the domestic market Prius and Insight respectively. However, these cars will never get the opportunity to prove themselves because of taxes and a government that refuses to see the logic. Both offer quiet, comfortable rides, with the added feel-good bonus. The two may be hybrids with motor-assisted charging, but are vastly different in size, fuel efficiency, controls and, of course, price. Nearly 9,000 cars, SUVs, and jeeps are sold in Nepal every year. The country spends Rs 75 billion a year importing diesel and petrol from India. Cutting petrol and diesel consumption by improving vehicle efficiency by just 10 per cent would save the country Rs 7.5 billion a year. Unless hybrids are made affordable, our petroleum consumption will continue to grow.
The hybrid cars are much more suitable for a country like Nepal. The government should impose a nominal import duty of 20 per cent on the hybrid cars so that people are encouraged to shift to hybrid cars as it helps control fuel consumption and preserve the environment. Although the government is aware about the essence of hybrid cars, it is still not in the mood to consider it as a better option than other cars. It seems government still considers automobile as a luxury commodity rather than a necessity.
The future of automotive market is in hybrid cars, as these cars are efficient in terms of environmental conservation and fuel consumption control. The government needs to provide some sort of tax rebate on hybrid cars and review the existing taxation on the import of auto
mobiles as well. Long-term returns to the country should also be considered as such vehicles are environment friendly and could save the country’s foreign exchange spent on import of fuel. However, some sort of feasibility study is needed to be done before launching the car in the country.


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Used Vehicle Third Party Inspection Service at TQM

You have done your research, identified the vehicle that meets your requirement and verified the documents. As a used vehicle buyer, though you are excited to find a vehicle that meets your requirement, you are still concerned about its overall reliability and safety. As a buyer, through your buying process, you have easy access to information like make, engine, model, type ; however with the information available you may find it difficult to evaluate the fitness of the vehicle . So if you are wandering TQM is here so help you.
Why choose TQM?
TQM is playing the role of facilitator and working as a “third party inspection” . It is mediator between the dealer (first party) and buyer or customer (second party) for over a year. As a third party TQM is doing best to carry out inspection with fair and independent. However, as like any other third party inspector, TQM will not take any responsibility or liabilities if there is any mistake and missing during inspection.
How can TQM help you?
TQM has adopted this `third party inspection` in package which is quite new and useful concept to fulfill gap between buyer and seller. TQM understands your concern and the need for an objective evaluation backed by quantitative outputs. To address the specific challenges and requirements of Japanese used vehicle, TQM has designed and developed a state-of-the-art “third party inspection” managed by highly trained experts in the field. Professional, highly trained and trustworthy staffs from TQM deliver solutions that safeguard your benefits and make mobility safer. Experienced trainers from Japan, who not only extend technical knowledge, train these staffs. Moreover, any other appointed personal can act as third party inspector.
Used Vehicle Inspection Service at TQM
`Inspection is not means of any guarantee, it is just description of present situation of unit at the time of inspection`. There are 3 stages of inspection. 1. Self-Dealer Inspection
2. Pre-shipment Inspection
3. Post-shipment Inspection
Self-Dealer Inspection is initial stage where inspection is carried out by Dealers or sellers themselves.
Re -inspection and verification of Self-Dealer inspection can be done before confirming the units.
Pre-shipment inspection is second stage of inspection, which is carried out after confirmed units but before the shipment. Buyer or customer can claim or negotiate through TQM if there is any unverified report or defect compare with first stage report. However, TQM can re-inspect the vehicles and verified Self-Dealer Inspection report as per second party requirement.
Finally, Post-shipment Inspection is last stage of inspection in order to verify whether there is any damage or loss during the shipment.
Additional fees may be charged for any kind of third party inspection. It will differ as per type of vehicles, location and situation.
How will you benefit ?
• Make your decision with impartial information – TQM is a trusted, neutral and independent company service
• Accurate inspection – conducted with technologically advanced equipment by well trained staffs
• Objective evaluation – with value extended against each parameter, to assist you to evaluate the fitness of the vehicle
• Systematic evaluations – with a pre-defined inspection process, each test is performed according to requirements.
• Receive your user – friendly reports that ensure real time transfer of data and speedy report generation.