My first post in this forum
. All the information posted regarding the Honda Brio has been very useful for me so far. I feel very proud that I have booked my first car, an Alabaster Silver Honda Brio EX MT last week, and scheduled to get the delivery next week.
The on-road price in Mumbai for this model is 5.19 lakh. I was getting a good discount on this price, almost around 30k (10k loyalty bonus has i have a honda bike + 14k insurance free + 5k corporate discount). With some more bargaining the salesperson offered a further discount of around 5k-7k, and just then he told me that he had one Dec 2012 model in stock and he was ready to give a further discount (20-25k) on that. On consulting with my friends, who advised me that the Dec 2012 model will be as good as any 2013 model (except that the resale value could be a little less), I decided to go for this model which was in Silver colour (incidentally this was one of the colours i liked)
After some further bargaining, the final price offered by the dealer was around 4.6 lakhs, with mats, teflon and engine coating as free accessories. This was a good offer as compared to some other quotes which i had got from other showrooms and hence i decided to go ahead and book the car.
The additional accesories provided by the showroom are too highly priced, and I am interested in getting quite a few of those fitted on my new car but not from the showroom. The rates outside are almost half of what the dealer is offering. Following are the accessories I am interested in:
1. Keyless entry
2. Reverse parking sensors
3. Anti rust coating
4. Floor lamination
5. Seat Covers
6. Rear Speakers
7. Parcel tray
8. Wheel Caps
9. Door and bumper protectors.
10. Body Cover
Now my concern is, will fitting accessories like Keyless entry, Parking sensors, speakers void the warranty of my car? I have heard mixed opinions about this, with the car accessories shop owners saying it doesnt void the warranty since they dont cut any original wires provided by Honda. But then I am sure if I ask the showroom guys about it they are going to scare me with warranty issues if done from outside and ask me to purchase these from them. But then I met one of my friends who owns a Brio too and he got Keyless entry fitted from the showroom of Minda brand and they charged him almost 6000, whereas the same brand outside is costing me around 2500-3000. So how is it that when the showroom guys fit it the warranty is not void, but if we do it from outside, it gets voided? I feel this is sheer blackmail on the part of the showroom guys, anyways will try to speak to them and convince them about this. But what do i do if they still try to scare me with warranty issues if done from outside?
Also, The same friend also advised me to go for 0-dep insurance since it is my first car and I do not know to drive a car properly (Planning to enroll into a course or appoint a driver to train me on the car in the first few days). What i would like to know is what exactly is this 0-dep and how is it beneficial over normal insurance since the cost is around 3k more.
The last help I request from you guys: what are the few basic checks that i need to do when I get the delivery of my car / or before getting the delivery of the car? The excitement on the delivery date is such that many times we end up missing a few things. So would really appreciate any help on this. Thanks in advance