UPDATE Car Delivered!
Today was the D-Day. Had sleepless nights dreaming about the new car which was about to enter our lives. The time has come to put an end to the car research process, and it ended with the New Baleno.
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members for your suggestions, advice and tips. Without all this mnowledge and feedback from TAIgers, I would not have been able to come to a conclusion so soon.
The delivery was promised pretty early at 11 AM, but we were sure that the car won't be ready by that time and decided to deach by 1 PM (without informing the RM about this). When RM called us in the morning, we told him that we would reach on time. Our earlier Maruti (Dzire) was delivered 4 hours late than the promised time, and we had to wait for that long in the customer lounge. Current experience was no different, we got a call from RM at 11.45 AM that there will be a slight delay as they were looking into the problems pointed during PDI. We said that we had left our place and would reach at 12.15 PM and wanted no more excuses. He said that he will try his best. We got another call from RM that the car was ready before *12.15 PM* (lie) and he was waiting for us. We reached by 1 PM and met him. Dad paid the balance amount and did the remaining paperwork while I inspected the car once again. Everything was fine. To clear my doubts revarding HU, I checked with a new 8GB pendrive and it worked. Point to note is that the earlier pendrive had some PDF files also and this one had only music files. Asked the cleaner guy to remove the ribbon and all the polythene covers from inside the car, which he did readily. Everything was going really well.
Finally took the delivery at 1.45 PM after a quick demo of all features by the RM. Delivery ceremony (that is what a showroom girl was saying) was lightning fast and we left the dealership by 2 PM after a good explanation of all documents by the RM. Overall experience at NEXA was nothing that special, but nothing to be sad about. Their attitude and arrangment was more upmarket than a regular Maruti dealership, and that is where it actually scores. The experience was more "Toyota'ish" than Maruti, with VW kind of professionalism.
Filled 5L of petrol from a nearby bunk, as the car had almost half tank of fuel already. Remembered well in time to get the air pressure lowered to recommended levels (from 45 Psi). Got a quick Pooja done at a temple and took the car to a relative's place in Faridabad. Then went to get remaining accessories done. Started at 4 PM to Haldwani (Uttarakhand) and will reach by 11.30 PM.
Initial Impressions of the car were very good. It has a distinct aura to it, different from any other Maruti that we had owned. It showed that Maruti has improved and is not limited to producing budget cars anymore. The highlights were the projector headlamps, 7" head unit and the instrument cluster. All these made us feel that we were indeed in an 8 Lac rupee Maruti car. For the reliability and resale value it offers, Baleno feels totally worth the price paid.
Odometer reading was 51 kms during delivery. Took the car to nearby accessory shop (500m from NEXA) for accessories and reached relative's place with odometer at 53 kms. Started off to Haldwani and will be covering ~370 kms on the odometer at the end.
Problems reported during PDI were solved and underbody antirust + paint protection treatment applied before delivery. I got PPF done and couldn't resist an ICE upgrade also. While the film was being applied, I did some calculations and thought it would be alright to get some 15-16k worth of ICE thrown in. One more thing, got the mudflaps included in freebies through some contacts. Also picked up a local mobile charger from a red signal.
I am yet to order Collinite 845 and had to stick the God idol on the dashboard.
Below is a detailed summary and price break-up : Car Bought
- Maruti Suzuki Baleno Variant
- Alpha Petrol Colour
- Metallic Premium Silver Date of booking
- 8 December 2015 Date of delivery
- 27 December 2015 Dealer
- NEXA Faridabad Dealership Rating
- 8 out of 10 Price break-up Ex Showroom Price
- Rs. 701685 Insurance
- Rs. 25962 Registration (Dehradun)
- Rs. 36084 My NEXA
- Rs. 1150 On-Road Price
- Rs. 764881 Discounts
- Rs. 15000 Freebies
- Floor Mats (Carpet type), Mudflaps Paint Protection & Underbody Antirust
- Rs. 7850 Extended Warranty
- Rs. 10060 Total Price
: Rs. 767791 Aftermarket Accessories
Body Cover - Rs. 1000
Fire Extinguisher - Rs. 260
Air freshener - Rs. 140
Dashboard Idol - Rs. 200
PPF - Rs. 660
Collinite 845 - Rs. 1859
Transparent Mats - Rs. 608
Mobile Charger - Rs. 70
ICE Upgrade (Rs. 14600)
Polk DB6501 Component Speakers (Stock speakers were Nippon) - Rs. 7200
Dampmat (5 Sheets of 4 Sq Ft.) - Rs. 5900
Couplers, Connectors, Spacers - Rs 1500 Accessories Cost
- Rs. 19397 Total Amount Spent - Rs. 787188 Pending Work :
Gear Lock - Rs. 2550
Body coloured Door Beading - Rs. 3150
Horn Upgrade - Rs. 2000 (Assumed)
Magnetic Curtains - Rs. 2000 Initial Budget Set
- Rs. 800000 Amount Spent
- Rs. 787188 Amount for Pending Work
- Rs. 9700 Total
- Rs. 796888
Still under budget. Yay!
An ownership review will come soon, with detailed driving impressions and updates. I will post more tommorow about the drive as I have driven only around 100 kms and was typing this rest of the time. PS.
Pictures will come when I reach Haldwani, i.e. by 11.30 PM.