Some of you may recollect me posting around the forums here declaring that Im booking the Fludic Verna ( petrol ) in the first week of Dec. My initial choices as I started my car hunt were - Honda City,Verna,Fiesta,Scorpio,SX4 and Vento..all petrol ( except the Scorpio ofcourse ) since my running is minimal.
Long story short - the final shortlists were the city and the Verna. The Pro's and cons as I saw it :
City - Pro's : Amazing Engine, Kinda roomier, I prefer the looks, Best in class Fuel Efficiency and ofcourse the Honda snob value badge
Cons - Too few features, not real value for money for near 10L car.
Verna - Pro's : Packed with features, Decent City ride, Possibly lower cost of maintenence.
Cons - Bad fuel efficiency reports, Not as "fun to zip" as the city, reports of bad handling and wobbly suspension at high speed.
All in all - the Verna was winning the battle and to quote myself in one of my posts here - My chances of booking a Verna was 98% and city - 2%.
What happened next is a twist in the tale, right out of a Jeffery Archer novel or Bond Movie.
I was planning to book the Verna on Dec 3rd. On Dec 1st, out of curiosity, I called a Honda dealer whom I had spoke to just to check for any fresh Dec offers. I dont know what prompted me to do that when I had finalized the Verna.
The lady gave me a very cool offer - A VMT for 9.2 on road + Teflon + Antirust and a few internal knickknacks free. Whoa ! I did the math -
City + Tfelon + AR = 9.2
Verna SX ( my choice ) = 9.71 + 10k for Teflon + AR = 9.81
The car of my dreams was a car with the city's Cons as I listed above + Verna's features...and me gets a supercool idea
Let me go for the City and add a Caska headunit which gives me - Blutooth,Reverse Cam,DVD Player and lots more.What I have now is the hybrid car of my dreams .All that I am missing ( of what I wanted in the Verna ) is the Auto Foldable ORVMs, but thats not a big deal
So for the same price 9.2 + 52 ( Caska ) - I have a brand new City with almost all the feautres ported out of the Verna.
Just before booking the city, I arranged for test drive of both the city and the verna...back to back within 2 hours to really "FEEL" what car I'd enjoy driving more, as I did not want to buy a car just to save a few bucks or for a few flashy accessories. A lot of you might wonder why the hell I bought the 2011 model when the 2012 model has just launched today. Well coz I dont think I would have got the discount I got currently, for the 2012 model. Add to that, I also had my 7 year old car to exchange, and the exchange price would have dropped had it clocked 1 more month into 2012. The new City VMT has just a few cosmetic upgrades which Im not crazy about anyways - so Im not missing anything.
So then - Ladies and Gentlement. I am the proud owner of a New HONDA CITY VMT ( White )
with some cooooool toys packed in.Here is an early pic at the dealers' just before the delivery. More Pics to follow soon