Tried various dealers in Chennai, asked every dealer three questions:
1. Break up of OTR (especially registration charges)
2. Can i take insurance outside?
3. Can i do RTO registration myself?
Cars India (Valasaravakkam) -> The SA attended us was OK, he was kind of open about things. But he inflated all the charges and then "just like that" gave discount (he even included 3rd year extended warranty into registration charges by default). He wasn't transparent as he was pretending to be! Didn't feel comfortable
Vishnu cars (Pallavaram) -> We went around 7 and one guy turned up after a while, couldn't answer the questions. Only accounts team knows registration charge break up sir. That was the last conversation i remember
Popular motors (Pallikaranai) -> Same as above, went around 7 asked for a test drive because i seriously wanted to drive it when it is dark to assess manuverability. the car was available when we were discussing, once completed - "Sir people took it to yard". Heck he didn't even care about my request. Left looking at the attitude, anyways response given for all the questions - NO
ABT (Guindy) - Greeted well, promptly attended but the SA wasn't very proactive. To my surprise for all the "questions" response was "OK" and gave the OTR break up as it is. Came back telling them will confirm later. Went again after one week (Dec 2) and it was as usual late and asked for a drive when it was dark, with no hesitation went for a drive. This time the TL attended as the SA wasn't available. First time in my experience, a manager was better than a subordinate
. Bargaining initiated and at the end paid booking advance (Rs.5000) for "Dusky brown without alloys". Was told cancellation charge is 250rs, i think other dealers were quoting different cancellation charges (e.g. 2000rs)!
One thing which i didnt like in ABT is they weren't proactive (i had to call up everytime for status). Nevertheless, it's "India", one shouldn't expect something out-of-the-box but the buying experience was very transparent and trust worthy, definitely would recommend this place! At least comparatively they are better dealer in my experience.
Was promised to deliver it by last week of December. Two weeks later was told without alloys is not possible, the lot came from Maruti doesnt have without alloys. If wanted that badly have to wait for Jan'14 and advised price may go up. Asked for a discount on alloys and got it. Confirmed Dusky brown with alloys finally, had to wait for another two weeks and finally arrived on Jan 4. Did a PDI with TAI
check list and found everything to be OK, except i didn't drive. Gave a GO AHEAD! Got the vehicle delivered on 9 Dec. Accessories:
1. Reverse parking sensor/camera (MGA)
2. Door beeding (MGA)
Still to be done (not MGA),
1. Seat covers
2. Floor mat
3. Headlight / Horn upgrade
Planning to get it done in Car sense (Alanthur, near airport) today. Will do it and post feedback, pictures to follow. Thanks for reading guys!