Its been around a year I was thinking to get a new car. We already have a car Maruti 800 (its My father’s) which is around 10 years old and its in great shape & condition. We use this car very less the existing one did 25k km in 10 years so you can guess. Whenever we do long drives or weekend trips we took my uncles new car XUV5OO, as its big and lots of space, we all family member can travel together. So this way our existing car have more less use. I knew if I buy a new car, this will have less use too but I just wanted my own car, my 1st car, a stylish great looking car. My only requirement was a great looking car, inside and outside. Sedan is always my dream car, I love it. Selecting the car:
At the start my 1st like was Ford Fiesta, but later I didn’t like its interior and after sometime when I saw Verna I liked its everything. Verna was at top in my list for its looks but still I looked for alternatives, if anything more better. I knew its issues and problems. Time passed but no new model launched, only Chevrolet Sail but its not that good also it has a Hatchback version.
Its something like I don’t like or try to avoid a Sedans which have a Hatchback versions. Like Swift, Vento, Sail and many more. What happens if you see a car from front angle you wont get it it’s a sedan or a hatchback. Its like most of the sedan car except premiums, all have a Hatchback version. Only the exception was Verna in a base segment sedan car. However i20 is something like its Hatchback version but still it looks different from frontend. So it was perfect for me.
As an alternative I checked Vento in a VW fair near to my home. I have so less time due to my work that all the research I did ONLY over internet. And only I check these two cars physically. So I took a Vento TD and it was great confident while driving, but after a little time I did Verna TD and I was having difficulties to drive it, so I took TD again and 2nd time it was better. Like all knows the rear view and window height is very high and it gives poor outside view while driving. Buying experience:
I could go for Vento, it has mouthwatering discounts, I could save at least 50k. Both of these car had almost same price. But later had to reject Vento ONLY because it has no door lock in any window except driver side and other few reasons. Then I check with two well known Hyundai Dealer in my City Kolkata. My 1st choice was Mukesh Hyundai which is near to my home 10-15km away and I took both TD with them. The 1st sales guy from them wasn’t good, didn’t explained anything. So while taking 2nd TD I explained everything why I need a 2nd TD and I really want to go with them for booking as its near to my home and I have less time for these. But the 2nd sales guy was almost same. No discounts that is fine but he even told me that there have no way I can see or PDI the car before sent it for Registration. I clearly said without this I cant take the car. I know this automobile industry very well. But on the same day got a call from the 1st guy and got very miss behave, rude taking etc. all these because I didn’t booked the car yet. It was out or my expectation and I gave him a strong reply.
On the same day another sales guy came from a Very old dealer Bengal Hyundai and its 30km away from my home. The guy came with a finance guy. The sales guy was decent and he said no problem with PDi the car before reg and I was ready to booking but I was confused about White and Silver color, the guy took us to a nearest service station and show a Silver one we all like that and I immediately booked the car, my choice was white earlier but then change my mind as white is very common.
The overall buying experience was good at Bengal Hyundai Parkstreet, The sales guy was very friendly and I was very polite with him. I told him at my age (29) there have very less people who can buy a premium car by their own earned money so I’ve lots of expectation with this car and he understands that.
I had only three conditions:
1) my car should be a recent manufactured dated car.
2) I will PDI the car before sent it for registration. As after registration I cant do anything if any issue appear.
3) the car shouldn’t use for any display and the sales guy kept his promises and delivered in schedule (7th October). Mine is 1st Aug 2013 Production.
The car had 37km in ODO while taking delivery and I didn't bother with that. I was happy to see that the ODO wasn’t disconnected and the car wasn’t driven after I PDI as I checked the ODO reading also the car isn’t polished at the showroom before delivery, which is a good sign, just wet cloth wipe and all that shine. But two thing disappoint me:
I had already approved loan from Magma finance at very reasonable rate of interest with bonus from BankBazar. The Kotak finance guy from showroom quoted slight less than that at the time of booking. It has processing fees but it has one good feature is if I foreclose after 2.5yr there will be no charge where Magma has 5% flat. So I decided to go for that but at the time of final signing while making the final payment at the showroom, the finance guy said the interest rate will be .26% extra due to RBI bla bla rules and its looks like the sales guy also involves as he was trying to convince me, it was just like a cheating at the end moment as people are eager to take the delivery fast. I had a talk with the finance guy just a day before but he didn’t told me anything. But I know these tricks and clearly said I’ve another car and no hurry for a new car, I will only take the loan as per the quotation you gave and I’ve another approved loan ready so no worries. Then he did some phone call and agreed. Another one is the sales guy said the registration will be done before delivery but that missed, I’ve to take the car one day to RTO to show the car. Except these everything went through fine, and I’m really happy for the car.
Another good thing is the showroom guy gave a free floor mats which he promised earlier and the mat quality is very good, it’s a carpet like material which has Verna written not just a plastic one.
Also before delivery I made a list or required docs and etc from this discussion New Car Delivery Documents Check
but during the delivery I didn’t get the Owner’s Manual the sales guy said I will get it when the original Reg number will be ready. So that I cant go through the manual and few hidden/detailed features. My question is:
the turning mirror is automated fold but once by mistake I folded one from outside by hand, does that damage anything?
The car was neat and clean during delivery, just like a recent assembled one. But while taking home it was heavily raining and lots of traffic, the car is little dirty now and so far I couldn’t gave her a bath. I left my camera at car outside and it was heavily raining also we’re very late so had no enough time for snaps. Still attaching few bellow. Thanks Accessories fitted:
Only mud flap
and Brought a full body cover from showroom which cost Rs, 1550 don’t know its reasonable or not. I also checked seat cover at there, I know at showroom these cost higher but check the quality of seat cover. It was leather like seat cover and these were from 6.5k to 9.5k. All quality looks good. Probably I will get the seat cover next week but I will check another shop in market.