Dear all, i would like to share with you all, my experience of buying " My first car"
well, after getting married the biker within you generally takes a big Slumber sleep. in my cases he is still sleeping.
after being a proud owner of 2 royal enfields, a yezdi, a tvs star city. a 26 year old vespa 150vbb and a Limited edition pulsar 220 ( Sport orange). i feel a bit weird today. as to where has the biker within me gone??
i guess. the classy corporate job, a wife. some responsibilities. do tone you down. The needle now stands still in green line. when at a time it use to keep sliding only between the redline rpm marks.
weekend rides within smoky mountains, snake like ghats and straight lonely highways are replaced by visits to reliance fresh, big bazaar, the grocery store and in law's house.
Anyways. so i finally decided to buy my first car.
First constraint Budget.!!!
EMI's were already flowing and flying. EVERYWHERE!!! max i could afford was an emi of 4000rs & the limit for a down payment was around 30-35k.
The options finally left was a TATA NANO. with a downpayment of 28k and monthly emi of around 5k.
me and my wife. were ok with the decision but somehow the petrol devil in me was constantly poking me hard.
devil: " is this all that you want to drive???? a NANO?????!!!!"
me : so what??? the nano is a good car!! decent legroom, looks cute and is fuel efficient
devil: you know that you will never be happy with that 36 or something odd bhp
me: its ok. i dont want to race or drift. i am not in fast and furious
devil : but you would love to do it right. just imagine zooming off from a signal touching 160kmph on the expressway. imagine imagine. feel it. Like you use to do and feel. when you worked with BMW in mumbai. remember.
me : (sigh). i wish.
devil : hmm. see i know you so well. i'll tell you secret. why don't you buy a bigger, faster and coller (but a little older) used car
me. thinking a smile. a big smile. YESS!!
and thats how i decided. that lemme hunt for one.
so the hunt started "olx.in" "carwale" etc etc.
BUT the prices which people quoted here were unrealistic!!!
So i started visiting used car dealers around my home and on the way to my office..
finally one evening. i just stopped at one dealer ( JEJI SINGH - Pune wanorie). to see what he had.
INFACT I HAD GONE THERE WITH MY FRIEND "TRAPEZIO" ( MEMBER OF THIS WEBSITE) TO BUY A SMALL USED CAR FOR HIM!!!. ( HE FINALLY BOUGHT A BRAND NEW HYUNDAI EON)
i saw this baleno. quite scartched though and checked the car out
the interiors were pretty decent. the engine was super crispy. took her out for a test ride. loved the response and suspension, an excellent music system was already present( a sony Xplod with 4 speakers) so with a big smile i came back and gave a thumps up to jeji.
he said 1 lakh will be final!!! not a paisa less.
finally i bought the car for 85k!!!!
My wife loved the car, the moment we went for a drive.
drove the car still driving it and i fall in love with it more and deeper every time i drive her.
named my car : Bu jin ( in japanese for - a warrior's spirit )
got the following work done:
- engine oil change (total quartz)
- Air filter change (suzuki)
- Oil filter change (SGP)
- new lower arms ( imported from thailand)
- steering rod (MGP)
- ball joints (MGP)
- got my brake discs repolished
- Brake pads scrubbed and de carboned
- clutch setting done
total cost 7800 rs
Bujin is now ready. smooth as silk, seamless power delivery, crisp performance. a delight to drive
i realise now. that instead of going in for a compromised new car. if one does enough r&d, search, use contacts, one can get a brilliant deal in form of a used car.
obviously. the headaches in a new car are lesser but a careful used car purchase is surely worth it.
now i have a 94 bhp, 1600cc iconic, luxurious performance sedan in just 93,000 rs thats lesser than the new pulsar 200!!! shocking right???
Find attached the pics of my "Bujin"
Future jobs i am planning to do:
a complete body refurbish + same colour paint job + wheel rim black matte paint - cost 17000/-
under body sport green neon light effect - cost 2500/-
Sport exhausts - cost 4.5 to 6 k /-
Total cost - additional 25 k
i.e. i'll be having a sexy sorts sedan. again at around a complete investment of rs 1.20 lakhs. still yippie!!!