PART XXIV: MY ALBUS GETS ALLOYS!
I thought, one day I would make my ALBUS to get alloys. But I never thought that would happen so fast and, that too unexpectedly & so inexpensively!
I started exploring for good alloy wheel for my ANHC. I noted one deal @ Snap deal (Rs.16000/-) for a beautiful X2 brand alloy that is specific for ANHC model. The ‘minus’ I felt that it was only four in one set, 2009 design and the width 5’j as against 5.5 j , as specified by Honda. If one break accidently, I have to replace the full set. I dropped the idea. Decided to go with only Honda original for safety & warranty issues.
I analyzed through Olx.in, could find one at Bangalore- 5 spokes Honda Jazz 15’ gun metal color for Rs.15000/- , can fit to ANHC. I rejected, though I called the seller and checked. The reason, the color is dark gun metal and the advertisement misguides that Jazz 2013 model. We know that all Jazz cars were sold out during 2012 by Honda.
Another advertisement at Kochi Olx for 5 spokes Honda was appeared to be good. Contacted & he quoted his final price @ Rs.13500/- But, understood that he is not keen in responding and disappointed me twice by making my friend at Kochi to wait. He was telling that no one would give for the price he had offered ie. Rs.13500 for four nos. 5 spokes Honda alloys. He also said that he had paid Rs.2500/- alone for the center Honda emblem stickers. But made us to wait again. I have decided to ignore this person.
My conscious mind told me that why not I should check up with the Dealers @ Chennai as I felt Honda might offer some good discounts as the present design of alloys are going to be phased out.
I thought that the 10 spokes alloys came with ANHC VMT model is beyond my reach. So I called Sundaram Honda
, Chennai. Unusually the accessories dept. in charge told me ‘why do you want to settle down with 2009 model 5 spokes alloys? ; now Honda offers great discount for 10 spokes alloys which would be around Rs.3000/- per wheel ’
My God, is it true? Can I get so cheap the Accord car type alloys, which was costing once a bomb ie. Rs. 40000/-& more? Am I in a dream world? … My mind started thinking.
I checked up with my dealer Olympia Honda
and understood that no such deal available and there each wheel costs Rs.8500/-
I tried Capital Honda
and I was told that such deal is not for every dealer and it costs there Rs.6500/ per wheel and, they were very keen about my visit.
I checked up with the famous Magnum Honda
, Bangalore and I was informed that this Honda offer was true but was available for one day only. They told me that they would consider my request and can offer Rs.4500/- per wheel.
So I understood that there is a deal, let me see whether I would be lucky enough? Next day I called my friend who has a good rapport with Sundaram Honda to check up with their GM. It was confirmed and they requested me to send the car that day itself.
I sent my car through their driver and I was really restless about what I was doing as I was not still able believe the price of Rs.3500 /- per wheel approx. including fitting. Indeed I was praying that it should not be a bomb after everything done.
After 5 hours, the Manager called me and told me that the bill was Rs.14936/- for 5 wheels which includes the cost of center Honda sticker, new chrome nuts, tube mouth wheel rim modification, wheel balancing, weights and alignment services.
The car was delivered to me with a special touch and extra ordinary care. They repacked my old wheel set along with chrome nuts & returned.
Am I lucky? May be, but it occurs rarely to me.
1. Made by X2 Brand, India, replica of Honda’s ‘ Y ’ spokes, hyper silver type released in other countries during 2008/09. Honda released for 16 inch. This is 15 inch but width is 5j and not 5.5j.
2. Honda 5 spokes type dull finish released in India & other countries during 2009 to 2012
3. Modulo type available on order with Dealers, expensive, around Rs. 10000 each.
4. Honda 7x2 spokes- Available with some Indian dealer @ Rs.8500 each.
My ALBUS, 5x2 spokes, almost similar to No.4 , introduced by Honda India for the face lifted ANHC 2012/13 in higher end version like VMT. Originally priced for Rs.10000 - 6500/- and now discounted to Rs. 2500/- each, for a limited time.
On my careful analysis, they are not appeared to be factory second. However, they are neither shiny like hyper silver coated nor dull, but exactly as offered in VMT version. But the coat is not very strong. They will be excellent for good roads.May chip out by stone damage in very bad roads.
Is it common for all the alloys?