Its been a long time I was away from this community due to job responsibilities, however I still remember my promise of updating you all with my initial ownership experience. Here I go... Buying experience:
I initially booked my vehicle with Singh Motors however that became a sour experience and I canceled my booking with them with a loss of Rs.5000. Then I booked the car with Pashankar Auto and my experience with them was much better.It seemed like they wanted to do the business unlike Singh Motors. After a lot of back and forth I finally got my Chevy BEAT 1.2 LT (Super Red)
delivered on 16th Nov'11 from Pashankar Auto, Satara Road, Pune.
I was new to driving four wheelers but still with only 10 Kms (
) of driving I could say that it has got good power and takes on pretty well even at 3rd gear. Price info:
Ex Showroom - Rs. 421701 (445701-24000)
Cash & Corp. Discount - Rs. 24000 (21000 + 3000)
RTO - Rs.36199
Insurance - Rs. 11829
OTR - Rs.469729
Free Accessories - None Car accessorized as below:
1. Security System (Autocop GMKE 5170) - Rs.5800
2. Mud flap & Matting - Rs.1000
3. Car perfume - Rs.250
4. Car cover - Rs.1054
5. OSRVM Indicator - Rs.3950 (not yet installed, would be installed in 2-3
All the above accessories were bargained for a price of Rs.10180 (including installation, taxes, VAT, card swiping charges). Short term experience:
Now that I have driven the car for more than 1200 Kms myself I could say that it has performed very well. The engine is perky and city driving is very comfortable. You get very good power at 2nd and 3rd gear which is very helpful for congested city roads. Though I have got limited opportunity to test it on highway but I am very much impressed with the performance.
Now coming to the interior space I could say its sufficiently spaced for 3 normal sized persons at the rear seat. Leg room for front and rear is also satisfactory and I didn't found any problem in that. The only place where I feel the need of space is the boot area, it is a bit cramped but one can live with it.
Auto AC is wonderfully cool. This seemed to be the best feature. Also to mention the interior dash light scheme (Ice blue color) looks very cool and has attracted many of my friends. I have also noticed that the quality of interiors is very good.
The engine is still in the Running in period but still I am satisfied with the mileage which is around 15 Kms. Though it is very early to conclude about its FE. Pros:
- Great looks
- Good performance
- Auto AC is a great feature
- Leg space (front and rear) is sufficient for average person
- FE seems to be good for the given engine performance.
- In built music system is good for normal listening though you would feel
like upgrading it. Cons:
- Crampy boot space
- Limited visibility due to high dashboard and wider B pillar (might sound subjective)
Overall I feel this is a very good option for anyone who is seeking a hatchback which is value for money and great looks
Feel free to PM me in case you have question.