Got wet in the rain of Fluidics!!! | Clocked 45,000 kms | SOLD
Yes guys you read it right. Its raining fluids everywhere so that made us wet too. Now letís start the story.
Well it all started around June 2011 or so. Our 2008 DZIre VDi was and is still running strong and was about to complete three years with us. So we have a mindset like buy new car, take a loan for three year, after completing the loan, we sell it and buy another one. Simply because we donít want to end up spending money in engine overhauling etc and all after say 100k kms. In around three years our running was around 66k kms. So for a 66k kms old diesel car we can expect good price rather than using it for above 95k kms and then selling it.
So, back again to the topic. One fine day Dad asked me:
Dad: DZireís loan will be cleared in a couple of months. What do you think?
I: So what, we will keep the car and what?
Dad: I mean till what time will we keep the car?
I: At least till the time it doesnít starts giving troubles. Anyhow we have extended warranty for 4years in all. So whatís the problem?
Dad: Okay as you say. BTW
which one should we buy if we had to?
I: No I donít want to sell this car.
Dad: Okay as u wish.
Again few weeks passed.
One day while going to office we were constantly behind a Purple Fluidic. I was glued to that car did not overtake and was just behind that car admiring. Dad was next to me.
Dad: Which car is this?
Dad: Obviously I can read it. I mean is this the new one?
I: Yes. Itís the Fluidic model.
Dad: When did it launched.
I: A month back or so.
Dad: So whatís the report?
I: Nothing much; 20k cars booked within a span of few days. Six months waiting, awesome mileage. Overall a good package.
I Over took the car.
I: Shouldnít we buy this one.
Dad: Nah. Its kissing the road. Not enough ground clearance. What will happen if we load the boot with our goods? (Ours is a business of Automobile spare parts and accessories, so we have to frequently get the car loaded with those stuff; sometimes even on the rear seats too to go for nearby deliveries!) Itís not for we people.
I: I donít think so.
Dad: I am again saying we should buy a DZire again.
I: No. Not at all.
One day we were returning early from office and decided to check out the Fluidic. So went to the showroom. Saw the car. Already liked it and then stated loving it. Took the brouchers and the price list. Drove back home dreaming about it. That night checked out the feature list and the variants and made my mind if we will buy this one it would be 1.6base .
Few days later while driving to office.
I: Donít you think we should buy a second car instead of changing the car?
Dad: So which one?
Dad: Ya we should check out some swifts in good conditions used for not more than a year. What say?
I: Yes will do only if you allow me it to be the personal car rather than making it also a work horse.
Dad: Done. We will see.
Did some research. There there were hardly any Swift Diesels in the second hand market. Those which were there were badly abused and the prices were insane.
Dad: Better we pay few thousands extra and buy a new one.
I: New swift is coming.
Dad: Thatís great. We will buy that for sure.
Then the swift launched. Checked out the car. The only model which I found sensible was the ZDi; which was crossing the 7L mark.
Dad: Why to buy a hatch back when you can get sedan for the same price. (DZire VDi)
I: No. No DZire again.
Meanwhile while Dadís friend brought the i20 CRDi since there were strikes at the plan that waiting was never ending. Also one of his colleague brought POLO TDi base model for his son who has booked the new swift and canceled it because of waiting. So two more options for dad.
Dad: What do you say?
I: Polo TDi base model.
Few days passed. Had cousin sisterís wedding in November. All were busy. The DZire was loyal doing its duty at work and at the preparations at the wedding too. The wedding day arriver. Everything went right with Godís grace. Also the DZireís loan was completed. The car was Free!!!
Life was back to routine. Paid attention to the ODO. It was 69k.
Also the second car chapter was closed. Simply because
- Me and my dad together go to the office.
- Only one car can be used at a time.
- Didnít have our own parking. The car used to be parked on the road side wherever we get space. So how will we handle a second car.
- Seeing another car parked; people/relatives may asks for keys to go here and there. Canít say No to anyone. Better not have one.
Again days passed. 71k on odo.
I: I think we should change the car.
Dad: You say so. So which one?
Dad: No. Not at all. You know our background of business. The car is used as a TATA 407. What will happen to that car? Also does it makes any sense in buying a 10lac car and using it as a work horse? We generally travel on bad roads in garage lines etc.
I: So what? I am the one who takes all the care and drive. You should not bother all this now. You just sit next to me and relax. You have done enough of hard work. Also the roads in which we use to travel are getting better. There are very few areas which are pathetic but we can drive there with caution!
No more discussions.
That night during dinner.
Dad: So which model/variant are you considering?
I: 1.6 base.
Dad: How much does it costs.
I: Around 9-9.5lac. Not more than 10L
Dad: Donít you think it is much costlier.
I: So what? DZire ZDi costs around 8L or so. So its 2L more. You get 1.6; reverse sensors, airbags, disc breakes,etc, etc.. Also if you pay 2lac more, it will sell 2lac costlier ater 3 years. Gave enough excuses to pull him toward this car.
Lil bro: Yes Dad. This cars looks good. We will buy this one only. What do you say mom?
Mom: Donít drag me in all this. I donít know anything about cars, so better keep me away from it.
Hmm. So donít I have any other choices?
I: No. If you wanna change the car, then it will be Fluidic or elso keep this car. It is running good. I have no problem at all.
So days passed. Dad asked few of his colleges and relatives about Verna. All gave a thumbs up. Got a green signal.
On 13th Jan, It was Lohri. So all the family members were gathered.
Uncle: So whats up with the new car huh?
Dad: Verna Fluidic. It has six months waiting. Have to book it. And your nephew is saying he wants this car only. How will we handle this 10lac car, We donít even have a proper parking, etc..
Suddenly Grandma appeared form nowhere in the discussion: If he wants it get him. He will take care of it. Nways he only takes care of all the current rides in our house. No one else even clean a seat of their rides. So what are you waiting for? Today is a good day. Go now and book it. Get him what he wants.
Dad: Now come on. Get ready.
Jumped up and got ready. Took moms signature on the cheque and we were on our way to book Fluidic Verna 1.6 CRDi.
Went to meet one of my Dadís friend who has influences in most of the showrooms. Told him the whole scenario. He told that he can get us the car a couple of months before the quoted six months. Just go to ABC showroom; meet Mr. XYZ and give him the reference.
So headed towards ABC showroom..While going to the showroom.
Dad: Which is the model above 1.6?
Dad: Whats the price difference?
I: Donít know. Didnít even bother to check out because you wanted me to be in the budget.
Dad: If that one is VFM
then shouldnít we will buy that one.
I: We will see.
Reached the showroom.
Was welcomed by the receptionist. Told her that we wanted to meet Mr. XYZ. So she asked whatís the work, have you met him before, etc.. Then we gave him the reference of the person and we were able to meet him. Actually he was the Head of the sales executive team, who generally does not interact with the customers directly. Met this guy. Gave him the reference.
Now he showed the boucher and the price list. Checked out the price difference and it was around 58-60k.
In which we get;
- 5pcs 16Ē alloys
- 5pcs 195/55/16 tyres.
- Reverse camera
- Automatic foldable mirrors.
- Cooled glove box.
- Supervision cluster.
- Adjustable rear headrest
- Electrochromic Inside rearview mirror
- Dual airbags.
Which I felt was doing justice for the price difference of 60k.
Discussed this with Dad and he said as you wish. No problem with 60k.
It took me a Good 1hr to decide whether 1.6base or 1.6SX.
I asked for a TD and the vehicle was arranged within 5minutes and it was a SX. The driver who accompanied us was a dumb I must say. Actually I acted like that I donít know any features about the car and so and that guy was not interested in showing me the features and all. Thatís another along story to be discussed about that. Nwayz was impressed with the car. It was a short TD for about 4kms or so.
Reached back to the showroom and made my mind for the SX and booked one paying the booking amount of 75k. In short went to the showroom to book a 1.6base and came back booking a 1.6 SX!
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