Let’s say you want to buy a car and now you’re seeking for advice on what to get on the plethora of choices on the market, the first thing that you will be suggested is to get anything from Toyota. It’s safe to say that people blindly trust Toyota in Bangladesh, so much so that other brands remain as underdogs. Thus, in this article, we will explore the reasons why we should consider more options when looking out for a car beside your desired Toyota.
What is there to see exactly?
For the sake of relevancy, we are just going to discuss the Japanese market as they are the most common cars on the roads. Nowadays, the market has broadened so is the mindset of people when buying cars. People have been choosing Nissan, Honda, and Mitsubishi as their secondary choices but when the competition stakes up with what Toyota has to offer, it does make the head scratch. This by no means is hate towards Toyota, the company makes brilliant cars. But there are many vehicles to choose from this saturated space. An exemplar comparison is what competes with the Toyota Allion/Premio these days. There is the Axela from Mazda, the Lancer EX from Mitsubishi, and the Bluebird from Nissan. By no means, any of these cars offer less, and even on the other common segments too, the competition tends to get touch every year.
Why people tend to choose Toyota anyway?
There has always been a common misconception in Bangladesh that, when it comes to cars, anything other than a Toyota it’s not going to hold up. You will not get any spares, any support, the car will not hold up in value, it’s going to break any second you turn the key. If any customer with not a wide knowledge on the field hears that, clearly they would not want to take any chances as a vehicle purchase is not a seasonal thing. Another misapprehension is that spare parts for cars other than a Toyota are scarce. This is true to some degree but, spares get easy to acquire when a specific model of a car starts to get around more. It’s all about supply and demand at the end of the day.
The current situation
In recent years, the Bangladeshi market can be seen to be less saturated as more cars from different brands started to appear on the road. The Nissan X Trail is currently dominating the compact SUV segment; the Honda Civic Sedan has been providing a tough competition to the Allion/Premio side of things. The most important aspect to take into account is that cars from different brands in Bangladesh are generally cheaper than the amount any Toyota costs and when it comes to resale value, X trails and Civics are still going strong in the second-hand market.
Verdict; is taking anything other than a Toyota a wise choice?
Absolutely. In some cases, a lot of brands have been offering more than Toyota in recent models for cheaper. Toyota though will still have an untouchable reputation when it comes to cars in Bangladesh for many years to come but, the market has been getting more flexible as time goes by. Explore everything the market has to offer when buying a car but then if you settle on a Toyota after everything, the choice is yours.