Fast forward 2 weeks, and chanced upon a VW Polo parked near my office, gleaming Red color, and the first reaction was WOW!! not a bad car. But again, I had read reviews which said that there was a left side pulling to the car, and engine noise was like that of a Diesel car etc etc. Thought about it for a while, then decided on going for a Test Drive on a Sunday, so that I can get ample time for the test drive and any questions thereafter.
Put up a request on the VW website for a test drive and as mentioned on the website got a call within 10 mins asking me where do I want a test drive and from which showroom. After giving all the required details, waited for someone to call from the VW Whitefield showroom, and waited, and waited for some more time, and kept on waiting.
. Called the showroom after three days and gave them a piece of my mind to them. They told I can come to the showroom anytime and take a test drive. Decided on Sunday and told them about it.
Sunday came, late wake up call by Girlfriend. Was not at all in the mood to go anywhere leave alone a test drive. Thought and thought, and after a long time thinking, decided on going in for a test drive. Quickly got ready and went. I was introduced to one Mr Chetan, who was too eager to show me around the showroom, rather than the car. After looking around the showroom(not much to see though) finally we went for the test drive. Test drive reviews next for the VW Polo.
5 - Volkswagen Polo
- The car that I took for a test drive was the highline model of the Polo. Sat inside the ruff and tuff German car and liked it.(But my heart was still on the I20, if not for the bad attitude of the staff). Started thinking to myself, "hmmm nice interiors, naah but not as good as the I20. Wow!! the gear knob looks stylist, wonder if I can get that done on the I20. But those staff were not so polite. Wow, the controls are on the other side, hmmm not bad macha" My thoughts were disturbed by the over eager Chetan who asked if I was looking to buy any other cars outside the VW. (Surprised) "how does he know that I was thinking about it in my mind" I told him frankly yes, the Hyundai I20. Surprisingly he told that I20 is a good car, but not as sturdy as the Polo. Although there is a Turbo lag but the riding comfort is much better in Polo than the I20 which I felt almost the same. In the mean time, I started the engine and the car came to life like a gruelling machine. And that's when it all started. That same feeling. Yes, I am in love again. :). Came out on the outer ring road and since there was a construction going on the service road, I had a chance to test the shock absorbers which I felt was really good. Believe me, I could not feel that I was going on a pot hole or anything, inside the captains control room(the drivers side, as I like to put forth). Really impressed with those, tried revving the car, and the car roared for more, swiftly taking me forward. The steering is butter smooth and so are the gear shifting. Went around the showroom on the outer ring road till KR Puram station and came back to the showroom. Really impressed with all the features and the good nature of Chetan, tried to picture myself sitting in the Polo and driving it. "Hmmmm, I do look good driving the Polo. oh I did not try the horn. let me try it once" pressed the horn, that's when all the devils from above(or below) came and whispered, "go for it brother. Its perfect for you. (never thought devils can be so subtle
Once in the showroom, spoke to the Finance guy (Mr. Prashant) and told him clearly that I am not ready to pay anything more that 1L as down payment and the rest can be put on the loan. And that's when everyone looked up on me and gave me a shocker. Here's the conversation with Mr Prashant(Finance) Rajeev
: Prashant, I am happy with the car, but not ready to pay anything above 1L as down payment. Can you do something about it? Prashant
: (Looking up) Sir, the minimum DP is around 1.5L. Rajeev
: That's not feasible, I am sure you can do something about it. (Since I myself heading the Finance of a private company, knew couple of jargons here and there and impressed them, or so what I thought. Gave them a calculation of my own and put it in front of him.) Prashant
:Sir, let me see what can be done. (He called up someone, bank I guess and in the mean called up my parents and told them about my decision. Dad as always, your money, your life, your decisions. Mom as always, be careful) Prashant
: Sir I ll give you the best deal(I was ready for another shocker). You pay only INR 70,000 as DP(surprised) and the rest loan. Rajeev
: (Obviously shocked and surprised) are you sure you told 70,000 as DP?? Prashant
: Yes sir. We will be taking loan from SBI for a period of 5 or 7 years as per your wish. Rajeev
: (time to give them another shocker) ok that sounds good. But the fact is that I just shifted jobs and its been just 3 months. So do you think that SBI would give me a loan for the period of 7 years, just in case I am going for it. Prashant
: Don't worry at all sir, I will arrange the loan for you from SBI itself @ 10.75% for a period of 7 years. Rajeev
: (Elated obviously, still trying to hide my obvious excitement) Perfect that works out for me, how much booking amount should I pay Prashant
: Sir INR 50,000 and once the formalities like address verification is done, we will proceed with the other formalities. Rajeev
: (What, INR 50,0000 booking amount) Ok, do you accept cards? or should I pay by cash Prashant
: Sir, cards are accepted but 2% surcharge would be applicable. Rajeev
: (Starts calculating the numbers) no worries, you can swipe my card.
In comes Chetan (SA) Chetan
: Now lets decide the color and the variant of the Polo sir. Rajeev
: (thinks to himself, color, Red?? or White??) Base model (Trendline). Color Red (Considering Girlfriend as well) Chetan
: Sir Red color for trendline would take around 1 and half months to come. Rajeev
: (obviously not ready to wait any longer, its like now or never)Ok I will take the white (buhahahahaha Girlfriend :0 Rajeev: 1000000) Chetan
: Done sir, there is a white Polo in our godown nearby, if you would like to inpect it you can do that. And since there is an offer running, we will be giving you INR 15,000 worth accessories free, 2 years AMC free and Free insurance) Rajeev
: Ok that sounds good.
Shook hands with everyone, including the guard outside(Cannot figure out why) and went home happy and content.
Called up my girl and told her my decision and the color. Surprise surprise, even she was happy with the car and the color. But after every conversation, "but red looks classy, but again, its your car, so you decide" (Frustrated). Told her I am going with white and she was happy that finally I made up my mind on something.
Fast forward, a week later, SBI people came over for the address verification and some 1 hour later left. Prashant(Finance) called up and told that I had to come to the bank for some more signing and other formalities on Tuesday, Monday being Bank holiday. Tuesday came and I was inside the bank at dot 10 AM. (I was ready to get delayed considering the government bank and stuff like that. But again, shocker, everything was done in 45 mins and I was really happy with what transpired). Went to the showroom and paid the rest INR 20,000 and left to work eagerly waiting to get my hands on my new German Beauty (nicknamed F-16).
Guys tell me one thing, when you are waiting so eagerly for something, does the time pass by like slower than that of a snail? Or is it just me.
Finally, 25th August(Saturday), wished my parents on their anniversary and went to the showroom. And there it was, my F-16 screaming "take me home Love". Went inside the showroom and started filling up some documents and signing on like papers and papers together,which seemed to be endless. Then Chetan(SA) took me outside for my much needed nirvana(read smoke) and then handed over the keys to my newly acquired possession. He started explaining me the details of the car and also gave a bouquet and a box of chocolates.The meter showed 9 KMS(surprised) I, on the other hand, gave him a Parker pen, a book and a box of sweets to be distributed to everyone.
Finally, got hold of my F-16 and went to the nearest petrol pump and filled her up. Went straight to the temple and after a pooja, picked up my girl and happily cruised on the Mysore road.
To this day, I have clocked 350 KMS on my Polo and everyday I wake up looking forward to drive her around the city. Accessories Fitted
Reverse Parking Sensor(Body colored)
To All, I have not taken any pictures because of absence of a good camera But I promise that I will be taking couple of pictures and uploading it. I just have once photo of mine with my F-16 which I am uploading it. Next section will be about the initial driving experience. I am just waiting for the pictures and then I can pen down my thoughts about the driving experience as well.Apologies for not clicking any photos.
Hope you enjoyed the review as much as I love driving the German Beauty around