The Dzire pit stop: My VDI Date: 20/01/2010
“Trrrnnnn” ....phat. “Trrrnnn”.... phat. “Guuiinn”. Finally, the mosquito manages to do what the alarm clock failed to do; to wake me up. As I lay still on my bed, I hear a faint voice growing incredulously loud, laden with expletives. My daily dose of Ekta Kappor serial, albeit timing is not fixed. Instead of Saas-Bahu, this is daughter-in-law VS the daughter. Man what a way to start the day!! . I sit up and my half open eyes scan the room, resting upon the wall clock hung at the far end of the room. With a bit difficulty I focus my eyes; the clock reads ten minutes to nine. Shoot, late again. I drag my self out of the bed and enter the living room. I wade across the room and throw myself on the sofa, pull the paper towards me and pretend to read, expecting a nice tell off from dad for getting up late. Finally after a few minutes of silence which seemed like an eternity, he spoke.
“You are late, as usual. Do you realize you are to be in your uncle’s house by now?” Uncle’s house? Heck, I missed my first hour of class and here my dad is talking about me being at my uncle’s place.
“What for? I have a class to attend; I have already missed my 1st hour”, I ask with a vacant expression. “Did you forget? “, he quips; taunt and tease evident in his tone.
I am even more bewildered, I try racking my brains. Nothing hits me; few moments pass in silence, I only hear the clattering of vessels from the kitchen and a distant faint bark of some stray dog. I stare at the wall expecting some thing to materialize on its own. The wall remains as blank as ever. Finally, I look at my father; there is almost a non existent smile on his face. As I get back to the paper, I notice a brown envelope in between the sheets, with a small red Suzuki logo on it. (Guess he has slipped them in between the sheets when I was staring at the wall). It strikes me then, I was supposed to go and make the remaining payment (The Car was booked on Nov 26th. Model: VDI
), and I was to be at my uncle’s place by half past nine.
It’s almost eleven by the time I reach his house.
“What took you so long?”
“I woke up late.”
“How late? I told you to be here by 9:30”
“I woke up late, because I slept late, went to bed by 4am.”
“You never learn, do you? “
“Was watching a movie”, I lie sheepishly. All I did the entire night was text away to glory. He He.
“Whatever”, he says as he picks the house key and his bag, “let’s go, we are already running late.”
A few ‘short’ errands of his ate away most of the afternoon and we finally reach the showroom by 4pm. Whoever said it was recession should have seen the showroom. It was like a fish market, bustling with activity. Half a dozen SX4, a couple of other models all waiting to be delivered, parked one beside the other. As I climb the flight of stairs and enter the foyer, A silver A-star greets us.
I enter the showroom, a salesman comes forward, “Good day sir, how can I help you?”
“Good day, thank you very much, just looking”,
As I scan through the sea of people, I locate my uncle’s friend (thanks to him, we are skipping the queue and getting an allotment right away.). He has spoken to the manager and says we can get an allotment right away.
After making the payment, we sit there and wait. The sales person, Miss Asha returns, “Sir your car will be delivered within 10 days.”
“We have spoken to the GM; he said we will be allotted a car right away.”
“Sir, the cars available in the stockyard is all 2009 models and BS3. The 2010 make with BS4 is in transit, it will take 10 days to reach, we will allot one as soon as it arrives here.”
A call to GM confirms the same; get quotes from the accessories department and leave the premises.
‘I have waited for 3 months; another 10 days make no difference ’, I try to console my self. That is hardly any convincing. Deep down I know, with the delay in delivery all my trip plans too go for a toss. With a heavy heart, I retrace my steps back home.
Special thanks to these guys who have been instrumental in guiding me through the buying, who have answered my queries patiently, dispelled the apprehension about the various accessories. And also the various persons from TAI
, to name a few, RSM,cooldhaya,illango,aditya,350Z. And many others who have guided me. Thanks a ton guys. Your inputs have been invaluable for me.
Quotes from dealer
- Buy back of JK Tornado @ 1300/ tire.
- Bridgestone/ Michelin @ 14000 for 5 tires.
- Xenos reverse sensors @ 4750 for 4 sensors and mirror display
- Under Chassis coating @2600 with 5 year warrant from MGA
- Ride On slime for tires @ 2800
- Sun films Llumar @ 2500
Infra Kool @ 3000
Confirmed from dushmish and f1fan that Under Chassis coating and slime is waste of vitamin M. Also quote for tires and sun films are too expensive. I decided to buy nothing from MGA. Date: 30/01/2010
Called up the dealer, was told that the car is in transit, will be informed once it lands in the yard. Date: 01/02/2010
Got a call and was informed that the car has arrived. Told them I would come the next day and check out the car and make the remaining payment (around 35K). Date: 02/02/2010
Reached the showroom by 2 pm. Made the payment and told them would hand over form 20 only after I inspect the car. Was taken to the terrace where the car was parked. Man, what a eyesore!!. It was completely covered in dirt.. The doors were ajar and music was being played at full blast. As I approached the car, my heart skipped a beat, what I saw made my blood boil. A service guy was having a gala time inside. One foot on the door trims, other on the seat, carelessly fiddling with stereo controls. He was in no hurry to get up, its only after Miss Asha told them we wanted to check the car did he get up. With an unapologetic look he vanished. As I inspected the car, I couldn’t help but curse the typical callous attitude of us, Indians. When it’s not yours, show complete disregard. Made a quick inspection for scratches, visible damages. Found nothing and was satisfied. Checked the odo reading, it read 19 km. Checked the VIN, the car was indeed Jan 2010 manufactured. Was completely satisfied, handed over form 20.
Next, the inevitable question was finally popped.
“Sir, what accessories have you planned? We will get them fixed before delivery.”
“I haven’t planned anything. Probably will get them during first service”.
“Sir, if you have got a better quote from outside, let me know. I will try to work out a better deal for you”.
I was stunned, I couldn’t believe that she saw my lie right through. Inexperience coming into play I guess. I have never been good at working around people.
“Yes, have got better quotes from outside. I find your prices to be ridiculously higher by at least 25-30%. “
“Please give me the quotes sir; I will talk to my manager and work out the best possible deal from our side.”
I was expecting this, truth be told, I had not visited any shop outside. Got the quotes from elsewhere by reading their posts. I deducted 200-300 from these quotes and told them I am getting Yokohama at 2700/ tire, Xenos at 3400 for the set.
The drive back home was pathetic, crawling traffic coupled with air pollution and heat made me wish that my car was delivered at that instant. Couldn’t go to JC road due to some commitments, hence asked a friend to visit the shops and enquire about the tire rates. Got a call from my friend a couple of hours later. Buy back of JK tornado @ 1400/tire. New Yokos @ 2900/tire. Date: 03/02/2010.
Got a call from the dealer with the best offer that he could give:
-Tire buy back @ 1300 apiece and new Yokos @ 3000/tire including labour.
-No change in parking sensors quote.
Have decided to get everything from outside. Date: 04/02/2010. The D-day.
We reached the showroom by quarter to eleven, half an hour late than intended. Did the PDI, was satisfied; completed all the formalities, took the delivery by quarter to one. Straight away drove to the tire dealer from whom I had got the quotes and got the lousy JK Tornados swapped for Yokohama A-drives. Upsized to ZDI profile.
After lunch, we went to Rajajinagar to get the accessories fitted, despite my disapproval. I wanted to go to JC road Mistake no 1
. Lesson’s learnt
- go to a place where wide choice is available no matter how far.
Visited couple of shops on West of Chord Road near Varier bakery and finally settled for Sun Car Decors. Quotes from the shop
Gar Ware Ice Shield : 900 bucks for windows and rear.
Gar Ware Cool Vision : 1800 for front wind shield
Seat Covers : 4800 bucks for the set.
Negotiated for 2800 for the sun films, and 4000 for the seat cover. Mistake no 2
. Lesson’s learnt
- Day light is your best friend. Always go early morning, an hour or so after shop opens. Never go late afternoon as I did.
Though they started work by 4pm, it was well over 8 pm by the time they finished their work. Though the work seemed decent, the flaws were visible only next morning. I couldn’t help but blame my stupidity. Lots of bubbles in sun films, though very tiny and noticeable only to a hawk eye. Nevertheless I am dissatisfied with the job. Seat cover job is good though.
Accessory shop recommended? No.