It just happened to me like a rain shower in summer, I mean I'm surprised that I bought a family car against SUV!
Yes friends I'm taking about New Ertiga ZDI. My deep Nerves :
It's all started from the TV ad called "WILD", A parrot, A SUV Jump and a legendary TAG line "Make your own Road" all made me fall in love with the beast called THE SAFARI. My Good Luck! I started with the beast thanks to my DAD for very 1st car SAFARI.
My 1st ever drive SAFARI completed 13 years clocked 1.5lac plus KM now and still roars like a LION and no problem till date. some how we feel we should not use it for long drives anymore so we started searching for the successor of my beast. Options:
- Replace with AN SUV: Always STORME comes 1st in our family list
- Replace with an Hatch:tried Ritz, Swift, I20, Figo, Vista D90 No hatch impressed my Mom.
- Replace with something like Innova: We listed ARIA And Innova, my wife and dad rejected Innova for its Taxi image I couldnt help Innova anymore, ARIA was impressive to all but I was not ready to buy PURE variant since I dont like low end cars except "STORME LX".
At this point Ertiga was rejected only because we had no good knowledge about the car, we had the feeling that ertiga is too small to be a 7 seater MPV. How it is started:
- Replace with urban SUV: Duster was rejected long ago since it is stretched to STORME's territory when the price is concerned, EcoSport is finally launched but I was not ready to wait in queue.
My friend forced me to check Ertiga with whole family and I finally agreed and decided to take test drive with every member of my family. Kalyani Motors:
I decided to visit Kalyani motors for TD, to my surprise i had my college senior in the sales dept of kalyani and he assigned a sales person called deepa to attend us.
Deepa is very aggressive in marketing the things and customer satisfaction so she offered me a very long TD may be 4 times longer TD than usual one. initial impression was very cool about Ertiga even the people in the car were happy for the space and comfort( detailed review will be following in next post). STILL I couldn't stop thinking about NEW BEAST:
I again visited Concord mysore road where I met Balaji he is very good and very informative about the beast. he also offered me around 20km TD of STORME and my Mom was extremely joyful and she asked me to go for it. Now trade offs:
Ok, now my family is completely agreed to STORME and its my chance to trade off my requirements, budget and usage between a family car and a family love.
One of the tough challenge I ever faced in my life but I have to thing practically at this situation. there are so many things:
- Govt is riding a horse and fuel prices are going up like a spider man
- Now my monthly spending on diesel is gone up to 10k
- I dont want to take car loan more that 4lac
So I froze my heart and decided to book Ertiga and never deleted STORME/SAFARI, Booking Day:
I went to deepa again to book Ertiga, I was not sure about the colors and I asked deepa to show cars in flush.
Deepa took me, my family and my friends to Stockyard near mysore road in Ertiga demo vehicle Attachment 108597
I picked Gray Ertiga against dusky brown. Spending:
Attachment 108605 Note detailed info will be followed in later posts Pre-delivery stuffs:
- Car Price OTR: 10.8 lac with steel rim
I had only one demand that the vehicle as to be very new, I asked kalyani to not register my car until I check car and its VIN. I visited kalyani a day before my car delivery and I was very happy that the vehicle is very brand new and out from factory only 25 days(out of 25, 13 were transit days) before my car delivery date. I checked odometer reading it was just 15km, WOW WOW
I was very happy and thanked each and everyone at kalyani especially deepa and asked her to go ahead and register. Attachment 108614 A Big Day:
I had no sleep I woke-up very early and made a list of PDI and out to take delivery along with my friends, I asked my family to start once I'm done with PDI. everything was smooth except my name printing in the invoice doc and extended warranty. I asked them to correct it and give new invoice.
We had some good time at kalyani office we had taken loads of picture but those pics are missing in the laptop I'm using right now but I'll upload them later. Attachment 108615Attachment 108616
Kalyani gave me some gifts and I gave some gift to deepa and shankar who were there till my vehicle got delivered. Pooja:
Kalyani has some good culture while delivering the vehicle they arrange pooja and other stuffs to make your work easy. few pictures of vehicle pooja. I wanted my parents to handover the keys: 1st Drive:
It was an awesome feeling to grab the keys and ignite the vehicle for 1st move over 4 nimbus Now enjoy few pics of my Ertiga:
Start with Agraja Ganesha some more Pics: My Joystick: Few random clicks: 1st 100km: Please Stay Tuned for:
- More about drive experience
- Must have electronics and where to buy
Its been a week I got my Dolphin, she clocked 750 KM till now, No major issues so far except clutch pedal release issue.
Mileage(FE so far): Avg 17kmpl
Thanks for reading, please put up more discussion on electronics like Bluetooth, sensors, GPS etc for ertiga here.