friends. First I owe thank to you all for helping me to decide new car Punto, esp thank to RAJ as his thread created my interest towrads Punto. I have already shared my experience of First car
That time @2006 I was not having knowledge of CAR, for me Car was just a machine which runs on 4 wheel, very simple and staright- If not Maruti then TATA. Time groomed me a lot and I started looking out for the car which helps me to save fuel, although Xeta was still giving 14-16 KMPL, but this time it was decided that it has to be a diesel car. Search Started
First Step was asking near dear and neighbours for suggestion- Swift and Indica Vista was 2 cars to be decided on. Few of them suggested Ritz and few Polo. But as thread title suggesting Look was the prime concern for me. Here I will quote again that In this era of high competition no car make can offord to use 1950s technology
. So for me all car are technologically are on same platform. Before Going to Showroom
Ritz-I drove Ritz Diesel of my collegue ( Only 3500 Kms old). Sitting was good feels like specious car from inside and also interior looks strong. I Started engine Reved but alas Diesel engine noise was much inside the cabin further looked out for RPM meter it was somewhere else, which I used to think as Clock earlier. It was okish drive.
Swift- Ride was bit better ( Only 11000 kms old). But look was pretty common every 3-4 car on road out of 10 its Swift. Boot space was also nt impressive. Pickup was as good as Ritz.
Indica Vista- Same old Dashboard with niggling and Sppedmeter is on center. This is bit awakward for me. Initial Pickup was good and GC was not an issue. But since I drove Indica for last 5 years so it was decided this time It will nt be Indica ( I got Fedup with people on road who think that White Indica must be a Taxi and ask for lift).
Since these were the cars which are in my vicinity so I could take a ride of it. Now the time was to visit showroom for TD . Showroom Visit
1. Maruti-Suzuki Showroom
- At 10 AM I reached at showroom. At counter a lady asked me for purpose and finally she took me to a Sales Guy. SE was very polite to communicate me that Swift is the best ever car till date in India in segment and to own this Best you have to wait for min 4 months. Opps no way man If I need a car and I am spending money I need it right now. He replied with smile that It will nt be possible. Further I asked SE- why he thinks that swift is BEST car available. He again Smiled and said its nt me but the numbers speaks. I asked which Engine technology in Diesel Maruti uses, he replied its FIAT. I said to the confident and politely arrogant SE that people purchasing Swift nt becoz of the Dashboard and Interiors or Seat (Which is possibly fitted and provided by Maruti ) rather its engine and Service. So for me there was no point for further discussion on swift.
2. Polo- Very neat and clean feeling when I entered in WV showroom. The concern SE came to me and asked for the requirement and after small talk he took me to a white POLO base version. It was pretty good looking car and interiors were also very impressive. The Boot space was really big for the hatchback. He offered me for TD , it was okay till I switched the engine and in first and second try it did nt start, I looked at SE he was felling embarrassed ( Pl mark this line as further this will be again referred). Bonnet opened and after few minutes the show room manager came and arranged another Car for TD. The ride was okay and with 4th gear speed reached to 60 kmph. Suspension and inside cabin feel was very comfortable. After 5 kms drive I was back to showroom. As my budget allowed me to settle with its base version so took quotation for the same and zeroed on POLO. I again looked at White POLO and I fell in love and got excited that Wow its my Car in real sense (While having first car I was not in sense that Time I needed a machine with 4 wheels and looks as a car and it was Xeta).After coming from POLO show-room I called up wife to inform the same that this time its POLO White.
3. Honda- The SE came and when I asked for Hatchback Diesel , within few minutes I was out of Honda Show-room. Although he tried his best to educate me that Hoe petrol engine needs low maintenance and its longevity but all fall in deaf ear. I was also laughing at me for my sheer ignorance.
4. TATA- Adjacent to Honda it was TATA show-room. Now a days you can locate TATA show-room from satellite view also ( NANO stk are visible from the moon also) . Reached at entry Gate the Guard was busy with some other personal work. I just guided myself inside showroom. Lots of noises after few minutes of standing and staring position a girl came and asked for the visit purpose. Within few minutes both SE Indica and Fiat were with me. I was leat interested in Indica as I drove Indica for more than 5 years. So Punto was the choice. I asked for TD for Punto Diesel. The SE told me politely to wait for some time. After half hour he did nt turn up then I went outside to pass the time. After some time SE came and said that I can nt have TD today as the TD Car has met with an accident. So better come any other day and also asked for my phone number so that he can arrange TD for me ( I am sorry no offence to anyone but here comes the Difference POLO people arranged another vehicle for TD and that time POLO SE was embarrassed and here In TATA all been communicated with bland face).
5. How Punto was finalised
In between, since POLO was finalized I already started loan process for POLO. While going for Bank for process I got call from Fiat Guy that he has 90 Hp Punto for TD. Since Bank was then crowded I asked Fiat SE to come with his Punto. Within half hour I got call from him for the location , I reached to destined place. It was White Punto was looking stunning. I started engine first gear short .. second gear okay..disappointed and within fraction of second the thought emanated from mind – Log sahi kehte hain ye bekaar gaadi hai ( People are right when they say that its not worth to own this car ) looked at SE disdainfully and pressed the clutch for third gear, to my surprise the Punto was clearing all last 2 gear pick up backlog. I pressed the clutch and engine response was impressive. The Cabin was calm and I could hardly feel that engine is on and revving high, whereas POLO and Ritz one can hear engine noise at speed. The SE asked me to take it to 100+ but since I never use to drive beyond 80-90, so came back within 20 minutes of drive. The I got call from Sale guy from Bank to furnish the required Document for POLO, which I asked him to hold for few days. Same day I visited TATA show-room and see Punto In flesh. It was White and If Looks could Kill- Its Punto boss no one else.. Cont.