This is ownership review of my Hyundai Grand i10. Covering buying and a little ownership. Right now the ODO meter reading is 3463 KMS. Please bare me as review will be longer.
The story began at the middle of year 2015 when We(me, mom, dad) finally decided to buy our first car.
The First qus.: Petrol or Diesel?? (I couldn’t sort it till now by the way), As per dad our car would be making hardly 500-700 KMS. monthly so Diesel was out of option but i was keen to diesel as i love the turbo kicks in and the way car behaves in open road so i was in plan of diesel.
Budget: I was assuming that dad will at least go till 8 to 8.5 lakhs but in conversation with our family friend they told them for about 5 to 5.5 lakhs, So it was fixed at 5.5 lakhs MAX.
Expectations from Car:
Me: Good in cabin feel, ABS
at least 2 airbags good interior space and a good AC & last it should have road presence as well as brand value, So sorry for DATSUN GO+
Dad: Should be people mover 5+, good mileage, Petrol and the list was long
MARUTI EECO: DAD was in love with her but me & sis was like EECO really for a family naah...!!!
HONDA MOBILIO: DAD was also in love with her but me, mom & sister didn't liked it so drooped it coz after all the car was coming for me...hehe
HYUNDAI I20 ELITE: I was literally FLAT on this car but as in our budget magna variant was fitting perfectly as ABS
and airbags were top in the list i have to drop the beast with hard heart.
MARUTI SUZUKI CELERIO: Dad and family uncle quite liked the car but the petrol top model ZXI(O) was costing around 6.45 Lakhs after discounts and i felt like 3 pot engine and that looks is not worth for our money 6.45 lakhs so i refused to get that car.
MARUTI SUZUKI SWIFT: I was fan of her since last decade, liked the car and mom also but dad don't want a swift as there are too many on road.
This dilemma of which car had ran about quite a few days and we've decided to buy the car in diwali. Dad was in training at Udaipur and uncle was on phone taking regular updates from me. I was stuck to elite i20 but the budget was also a concern. Once i got a call from uncle the conversation was as follows
Uncle: Hi dear how are you
Me: Fine uncle you say
U: i want to ask you something
M: Uncle i want i20 that's all why dad can't stretch the budget why should i compromise every time ?
U: Dear they have to stay in family and they have to bare the occasions like your marriage and also needed to be part of all the occasions financially.
U: What do you think about grand i10 it has all bells & whistles you want and ya mainly it is in our budget my colleague had just bought the sportz variant
M: Let me see uncle
U: Ok take a look and take a test drive and tell me
I was having a soft corner for grand i10 as my previous boss was having it. It was Diesel sports variant back in 2013. I've seen all the videos of grand i10 on youtube and after lots of research i settled down for Grand i10 Asta(O) petrol. I called up uncle and the conversation was as follows.
M: Hi Uncle How are you
U: Hey dear M fine you say
M: Hmm uncle i liked the grand i10's top most model Asta(O) & i want that
U: Why asta(O) and why not sportz...? sportz is having everything
M: Uncle Asta(O) is having ABS
, Airbag Diamond cut alloys key less entry and go with push button start it is having long list of features
U: What is the OTR....?
M: 6.8 Lakhs OTR without discounts
U: With Discounts..?
M: Around 6.20L
U: We want under 6L
M: Let me try with my friends i will get you back. can You plz talk to dad for this
Then very next day i visited the dealer Called Sharma Hyundai with my colleague & got the test drive & quotation. The car was butter smooth even after 25.5k on the ODO and the price in quotation after discounts was 6.2L. In the evening i talked to dad about that and they told me ok and hanged the call saying that we will talk about that in weekend. dad's training was still left for about 8 days and diwali was coming closer. On the weekend dad arrived home for 2 days and called up the dealers for final price at my home. Sharma Hyundai has given 6.18L Final with AHMADABAD registration (GJ01). The another dealer planet Hyundai had given 6.14L with AHMADABAD registration with freebies like matting, mud flaps. I asked dad to get the deal as its a good deal. But dad want more discount so i told Planet Hyundai to hold. Dad called their maternal uncle as their brother in law had good reputation at Gandhinagar's dealer Punjab Hyundai. With the name of them we got a deal of 6.09L with Gandhinagar registration(GJ18) with freebies like matting, mud flap, Fabric Seat cover & Car cover. Dad zeroed on that bill and paid booking amount of 25001/- for Hyundai Grand i10 ASTA(O) 1.2 pure white color with Punjab Hyundai Gandhinagar. Receipt Image below.
The name of sales executive was Mr. Viral Solanki who was kind enough that he bring the demo car to my place on booking date and promptly given long test drive. After that the delivery date was fixed to 9/11/2015 Dhanteras. The wait for first new car started it was hard to believe that our car is coming. The time from 28/10 to 8/11 was spent in payment formalities and loan procedure. We made down payment of 1.67L including booking amount and got loan from ICICI bank for remaining amount. I called uncle and said them the we've booked Asta(O) with 6.09L. now the long wait was started. Initially we want loan from SBI as it was Dad's salary account but later we swapped our decision to ICICI as it's branch was nearer to our place and approach from the staff was awesome so took loan from ICICI and it approved in no time.
THE D-DAY: The time for getting the delivery was fixed on 5 o'clock(mahurat and all). On the D-Day at around 1 o'clock i got a call from SA saying that he still not received the sanction letter from the bank and without it he won't be able to give the delivery. Now dad called the manager of the bank and told to dispatch the sanction letter to the dealer but he said that it is holiday so the guy who signs for final dispatch of letter is not available right now he will be available only after 3 o'clock . I was worried about the deliver as today was the last day otherwise the delivery will be only made after labh Pancham(7 days later). Suddenly dad got call from bank that your sanction letter is signed and the guy from the bank said that he will send the letter wherever we ask. So i asked dad to mail to my mail id and i will forward it to SA so that we could leave for the dealer as the dealer was 32 KMS. away from our place and we've to reach our 50 KMS. away village for pooja before dawn. After receiving the letter we (me,mom,dad,sis and our neighbor uncle) headed towards dealer in their SANTRO for delivery. On the way we took a copy of sanction letter from the bank. We reached to dealer at 3 o'clock. The car was ready at outside waiting for us but it was not washed properly. I asked the SA to wash it again, he said that sir there are too many deliveries for toady so we can't wash it properly, Bring sometime later we will wash it properly. We got 5 ltrs. of free petrol and all accessories but mudguards were not fitted due to no stock. dad's name was written on the wind screen and some pics of car in next post.
Posting few pics of the car Here
1. Yours truely with the car
2. From left to right mom, Sis & Me
3. After the fitment of HSRP from RTO Gandhinagar
Done the Puja at village and i took the driver seat drove her to home.
On the Next day early morning we visited Hanumanji Temple located 45 KMS. away from village called Dabhoda as it was Kali chaudas and i took the driver seat again
. On the return drive dad took the driver seat. We all enjoyed the short trip. It was diwali and we were about to stay at village for some days.