So it was 2011 January, And after a long straggle we (me and my wife) able to find my a common place where we can rest our gypsy life,
She was shifted to Hyderabad, and I finally able make a job change to Hyderabad and finally was looking for getting out of the Google video chat services (Seriously our love life is mostly depended on Google chat and Video chat services.. So guys who ever make this service, a sincere thank you from us)
So, in April, just after 10 days of moving in Hyderabad, on a lazy Saturday, we are passing a maruti showroom with our grocery bags, and I said Can’t we buy a car? So we drop the grocery bags in home and drop in to that showroom. (Varun Motor) Showroom Experience
So we walked in and a smiling SA join us... and.. and... Started asking questions!!! I never know that before buying a car you have pass an eligibility test. None of my friends warned me about that!!! So after failing the test (like budget, which car I am looking, petrol/ diesel), he offer us coffee and started asking some normal question (like what I am going to do with Car?) I laughed and came out of the “I don’t anything” customer to a TAI
I give the problem.. my budget is upto 10 big bucks and my not so much running means petrol is fine, but I need a car with high resale value, because I don’t know how many years I am going to stay in Hyderabad and I don’t want to lose money in resale. SA literally sigh a relief (i saw sweaty forehead in him.. poor chap) and take me to SX4(which has worst resale amongst maruti), so to cut short, I asked for Alto(old) key and check the display car, also checked the K10 there, asked for price list and leave the place. Used car dealer
So came back home and thought why not take the resale value to our side and buy a used car which has worst resale.. So after some google search we found a really high tech used car dealer (Dr. Car), a quick call set up appointment at 4 o clock. This time I don’t play stated my requirement in their language, I asked for sedan within 3-4L price range, So the SA started show fiestas/ Ikon and a vernas and 2 Aveo. I test drove 1 fiesta, 1 Aveo and leave the place impressed. My wife was impressed with the Aveo’s interior and almost want to finalized the Aveo LS there (07 Aveo with 40K KM asking price was 3.8), I said we should check some other place also if I could find a better deal. But we seal that our first car should be aveo. Finally a private seller
So next day being Sunday, I again sought help from google, and pinpoint a Aveo on sale by the owner himself (on a popular online car site), contacted with him and after some mail exchange I have 2 picture of the car and a meeting appointment on 5 o clock. Checked the car, 4.5 yr old car with 53K odo, Tyre are on last leg and that’s it. Car is good, and got the surprise when owner say the asking price (he say 2.8, wow that’s less than a new alto), so ask for the service history and a test drive on a letter day.
So on the second test drive (I took my office cab drive with me) and a full service history on chevy service centre computer (they let you check the history, but wont let you take a printout.. wired policy), I shook the hand with the gentleman with a final price set at 2.65. we decide to meet on my home on Sunday( just a week after I started looking for Car.. Quick right ),
I make a arrangement of a ‘dalal’ to on that who took all the document related things, I paid him by online transfer and volla.. I am a now a own a car.
So those who have able to read through this ultra long post, a small visual treat here. Check out the car on my first day of ownership.
Us with the Car
All power windows control. Good after 4 yr of use
revered reverse gear. Good bits
Price – I got the car less than money of a new Alto, it is cheaper than the same age swift/dezire and fiesta. That a tremendous bang of bucks
Interior – Well a lot of said about it and believe me, its best interior in the segment. It can be compatible with entry D segment.
All the basic is present – you get rack and pinion steering wheel, seat height adjustment, nice big analog RPM meter, Engine temp meter and a very useful watch integrated in Dash. No cost cutting here, ( I don’t like when manufacture deleting basic erigomic and driver assistant feature and give fuzzy MID/ Alloys. Sure MID is great to have, but not at the expense of RPM meter/or driver seat height adjustment) This is base variant I am talking about, Even Honda city doesn’t have all of this in all variant.
Space – You have space everywhere, leg space is not a problem in front or back seat, boot is big enough for a budget sedan. Bad parts
Engine – Engine is powerful, but way above rev range, its pathetic in lower range. Its a great cruiser, but a bad choice for drag race. You will loose everytime with a swift/santro.
Parking – At 4.3 meter it is a big car, and with a big boot which you can’t see from driver position, it is a bit tricky to park, I have install a parking sensors for that
No MID – Well I don’t expect one though, just mentioned because a I lot of cars coming with this.
No safety – My car doesn’t have abs
/ airbags. My next car will surely have those.
and the question “Kinta deti hain” – I am getting 11 – 12 in city (I drive in choke a block traffic ) and get 15 in highway run (with AC)
I brought the car at 53,1xx km (on 30th April,11) and now it is 673xx km. Will update my centre experience and long term costs in next post