The buying Process
The first car we have is the Honda City type 2 1.3Ltrs 2000 year model. and it servers us happily for around 2.5 years, although I know it can easily go for many more years but dad thinks that it's time for a new car. So in the month of April we started our hunt for the new car. As our running is not more than 100 KM per month we are considered only petrol cars.
1. Honda Amaze
One morning we went into the Honda's showroom (Arya Honda, Mumbai) to chicken for Amaze. The experience with the dealership is very nice. They promptly attain us, SA provides all the details regarding car and also offer TD for the car. Since its Honda's most anticipated car for the year he quoted maximum 1 month of waiting period for the top variant for manual transmission. I drove the vehicle it feels nice to drive, the response from the engine is also very good but somehow I feel its not that much powerful as my type 2, the reason is oblivious which is the small engine of Amaze as compare to city. The rear legroom is also fine for us with considerable boot space. Collected the finance quote, brouchers, pricelist and left the showroom. Nothing decided yet, as other contenders were yet to be driven.
2. Hyundai Fluidic Verna
One of my friend have Verna so many times I drove the car. The looks are impressive to anyone but not for me. Offence to the other members, I preferred simple lines over those fluidc lines. Car have many features as like any other Hyundai car but the suspension of the car is too soft and create the effect like boat which i hated. and rear comfort is also not that much as we get in our City so verna goes out of the list meanwhile got the call from Honda regarding Amaze, we told them we yet finalize our design.
3. Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
After some initial research on internet landed up in Maruti’s dealership for Ertiga. Saw demo car. Looks are nice and it’s hard to believe that the dimensions of the car are identical to City. Rejected due to small petrol engine and when 3rd row is folded down it limits the legroom of the 2nd row.
4. Honda City
After driving City type 2 for almost two and half years we know many of the things of the city although we are considering 3rd generation, the basic DNA is same. So headed back towards Honda showroom and ask for the City, SA provides some information regarding the features, offers going on and about the finance options. He also offers TD, we drove the vehicle and its final that we are going for the city only. Booking & Delivery Experience
After a week of TD we went to showroom to book a car, as dad don’t like to temper with any of the system we preferred top variant. By paying initial 1 Lakh we booked Carnelian Red Pearl V MT 18th August 2013. SA quotes about 8,9 days for all the finance and registration procedure. So decides to take the deliver on 28th. The booking experience is very nice the staff of Arya Honda is treated to their customers as like family members and provides all necessary help.
Meanwhile sold type 2 on OLX where I got much better deal compare to Honda Auto terrace. It’s very sad moment for me to say bye to my type 2.
We choose SBI for finance and the service is very impressive, they have disbursed loan amount within four days after initial application.
SA is in continues with in touch with all the detailed progress report on the car. I have told him that will come in the evening to get the delivery of the car at around 7 PM. On the D day we landed up in the showroom with our two friends, by the time we reach at the showroom it’s almost dark and it is not possible to down any kind of PDI on car’s body works and car is at service center only getting TLC. (The space of the showroom is not very big as all the people expect and they have service center located around 10KM far from showroom). So I asked SA that I want to do PDI at the service center only where I can see the car perfectly under proper lights he promptly agreed and take us at the service center by TD car. After all the PDI done we got the delivery of the car at around 9 PM.
The total OTR price for the car is 10,58,000 with free insurance and 10,000 cash discount. Freebies offered:
1.Floor and trunk mat
2.Car body cover
5.Engine light Accessories picked up from the local accessory shop:
1.Car seat cover (Artificial leather) Upgrades Planned:
1.Philips X-Treme Vision Headlight Bulbs
2.CASKA digital set Likes in the car
(Overall including interiors, exteriors and performance):
•Linear power delivery
•Spot on steering response
•Silk smooth engine, sometimes I end up cranking an on engine
•Acres of space for back benchers too, comfort for third person due to almost flat floor
•Love the Arrow Shot Design, u can’t say that this design is existed from last 5 years
•Increased ground clearance, means no more scrapping from below
•Comfort is unmatched
•Air-condition is very powerful
•Cruise Control is Boon to use (In city also)
•3 Step door open and close
•ICE is too good as OEM
•Uncompromising Safety Features (Airbags, ABS
), G-Con, etc. What’s missed & disliked:
•Auto folding mirrors (Jazz and now even the Amaze have them)
•Doors don’t auto lock
•ACC and Bluetooth Audio System
•Doesn’t give average fuel consumption on main Odometer
•Weak headlights, weak horn
•Spare wheel is not an alloy
•Blue illumination for the speedometer console, however Orange illumination for the centre console. Average getting:
In high traffic condition 10.8 to 11.5 (100% AC on)
On highway, yet to be tested but on short run I got around 14 to 16.
Thanks for reading, your inputs would be highly appreciated, as this is the first time I am posting on the forum. It would also definitely help me improve my writing style.
Here are the some pictures of my car while taking the delivery.
Sorry for the clarity as its night time.