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Old 13th January 2010, 11:17   #1
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Hello guys,

I am thinking of buying the Skoda Laura 1.8 Tsi in Pune. Which dealer is better in terms of integrity, technical competence, service setup, everything?

Also, how to verify the month and year of manufacture of the new Laura?

Appreciate all the help!
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Anybody there?
Last time when I was in the market for a used Tucson, team-bhp experienced a glitch and I could not create a new thread...this time I can, but no advice is forthcoming!

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First of all, are you sure you want to buy a Skoda?? Please go through all the Skoda Ownership threads in Team Bhp.
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Better be with Pashankar i.e. Europa Auto.

Read recent buying experience from pune here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/test-d...-tsi-back.html (Bought New laura1.8TSi breakdown within 8 days from delivery! EDIT: Got TSi back!)

I am sure 'Asset Auto' would not have handled this kind of situation that well.
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Wow!! a Team-BHPian is actually buying an expensive Skoda?? All the best and I wish you best of luck for a trouble free, dealer woe free and a happy motoring.
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Went to Europa Motors (Pashankar) to check out their servicing center (workshop, bays, paitshop, body shop, etc). This is supposed to be a better dealer than Asset Auto I am told...however,their service center area is just average size. I am used to Honda and Hyundai service over last 5 years and Deccan Honda, Kothari Hyundai and Sanjay Hyundai - they all have huge and well equipped service centers. If Europa (Pashankar) is the latest Skoda dealer/service center, then Skoda has a long way to go I must say :-(

However,I am told the other dealer (Asset auto) has even more disappoining service setup...

Can some existing Skoda owners in Pune throw some light on the service center experience at both these dealers?


BTW, whole last week, Europa guys followed up with me to get the booking done and when I really visited the showroom yesterday, they said Laura Tsi is out of stock!!!

I really miss the transparency and pleasant experiences I had at the Honda and Hyundai dealerships...

In fact I visited Pashankar's GM dealership en route to check the Cruze and I liked the clean and friendly behaviour of the sales guys. They took me to their stock yard so that I could have a look at Cruze AT (their Cruze AT demo car was outfor a TD).

Why? Skoda why?
Why so suspicious in your overall business?

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anand - europa is your best bet. Stay away from Asset.

I repeat the same question : You sure you want to go for Laura ?
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However,I am told the other dealer (Asset auto) has even more disappoining service setup...

I really miss the transparency and pleasant experiences I had at the Honda and Hyundai dealerships...
Negative experiences even before you buy the car and you still want to go in for a Skoda Laura? Comon Anand, logic and the tons of feedback on TBHP should suggest otherwise. I would recommend a VW Jetta instead if you wish to experience that solid build quality.

One of my colleagues bought a Laura TSI. Oh that car is good no doubt. He's aware of the issues with after sales and service but went in for the car none the less. I await his feedback post the 1st free service.

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Amogh and R2D2,

Thanks for the inputs.
Yes, even I am tilting towards Europa.

Well, that 1.8Tsi engine is awesome. The problem is the company and dealer ethics as we have been hearing on TBHP:-(

BTW, VW does not offer that 1.8Tsi engine and the Audi A4 is simply out of reach for me. Which other car has such a punchy engine (I had great expectations from Honda, but they seem to make car engines just like motorcycle engines...you have to rev high to extract power which is disappointing...the civic i test drove - just does not pull and revving it beyond 5000/6000 RPM in Pune is not practical at all...)?

I know, I know :-)

Friends, save me from commiting this mistake.
I am trying hard to convince myself - I am even looking for a used Octy RS (or the lower trim Octy 1.8Tpi). They go for 4/5 lakhs for 2004/5 models...even 50,000 rupees of critical service to get them back in nice health will save me a huge money...the problem is not many are available...

Cheers,

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why are you not considering an used Honda Accord V6 ?
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why are you not considering an used Honda Accord V6 ?
CHecked that out at a couple of used car dealerships.

They all cautioned me that Accord V6 3.0L comes only with AT and gives 4/5 kmpl. That would be just too expensive for me. And I can not buy a car only for a short pleasure drive on a Sunday morning :-)
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I am trying hard to convince myself - I am even looking for a used Octy RS (or the lower trim Octy 1.8Tpi). They go for 4/5 lakhs for 2004/5 models...even 50,000 rupees of critical service to get them back in nice health will save me a huge money...the problem is not many are available...
do you want to check out N_C's Octy vRS if it's still available?

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do you want to check out N_C's Octy vRS if it's still available?

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Hey Sukiwa,

Thanks for this. I will check this out right away.
Cheers,
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Hi Anand,
So which car you brought finally? I'm also from Pune and interested to know the feedback for Europa Auto. Please update here if you already started new ownership thread, it will be helpful for the same reasons you started it!
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Hi,

Yes, I bought the Laura Tsi - from Europa in Feb 2010.
The reason I chose Europa was - their TD cars are MH12 registered, while TD cars of Asset Auto are NL (Nagaland) registered - as far as I could search, I did not find any Skoda dealership in Nagaland...so I was a bit doubtful in dealing with them.

Also Europa showroom in Wakad has good ambience while Asset on Bhandarkar Road is too congested...

Europa offered me good discount @85K.

Ironically, I got my first service done from Asset Auto (Wagholi workshop). I had been to Europa a couple of times in last one year for rear parking sensor and some rattling related issue and I saw their service scene was pretty chaotic. They were behaving as if they did not have time for anything in the world. Also, they told me first service for Laura Tsi would cost around 7500, while Asset guys told me it costs around 5000!

The Asset workshop in Wagholi is huge, and they did a very good job with the first service - very tidy, efficient, clean and professional. They worked on all the door panel rattles and took two days but fixed almost all of it - took countless trials on bad roads around Wagholi and did not cut any corners.

I will start my own ownership thread - now that I have stories to tell .

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