Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


View Poll Results: Wating period is
Marketting Gimmick 42 59.15%
Shows that car is really selling like hot cakes 29 40.85%
Voters: 71. You may not vote on this poll

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11th September 2005, 03:02   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
BUSA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,130
Thanked: 10 Times
Thumbs down Whats up with this so called "Waiting period"

Many car company play say that the car is soo much in demand that you will have to book it right away i.e today to get it As Soon As Possible(ASAP), but what do you guys think is it true or is it lies.

Consider this, Honda City (New) has wating of 4 months, but the truth is not that the car is too much in demand(it is in demand) but not as much as the company claims it it. The Real truth being they have poor Capacity to produce Citys that why less stock more wating time.

Scorpio CRDe too has a waiting period for what i dont know??

If a car is a high tech one say a Merc i can understand the wating, since the sale capacity doesnot match the production.

Also Maruti Suzuki Swift has wating of 6 months . YUP, you heard it 6 months. But that does not mean the car is superb. The car is good i agree, but not that practical(comparing to swift) However Maruti produces only 5000units per month so with 30,000 bookings swift is 6 months away. They can ramp up capacity but why they dont, God Only knows.

In this age of automotive where competition is so much people cant wait so long for a car. I have heard many people turning to Getz due to the large wating the Swift has. This way Maruti is losing customers as well and increasing RIVAL sales.

So guys what do you think about this wating period and stuff.

Last edited by BUSA : 11th September 2005 at 03:04.
BUSA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 03:08   #2
BANNED
 
dadudeonfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: mumbai - bandra
Posts: 367
Thanked: Once
Default

showing that many people are buying it and booking the car asap...the waiting period is not going to increase now....coz people are thinking of other cars now...and company's even saying six month so that people who really want swift will pay some extra to get the car asap...like some car dealer offered us swift before the official launch date asking for 20,000 bucks more
dadudeonfire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 03:22   #3
BANNED
 
mclaren1885's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Bangalore (the city of modded cars) !!
Posts: 4,821
Thanked: 28 Times
Infractions: 0/1 (10)
Default

well its just a gimmick to create a scarcity,boost up the reputation of the product to an extent thats not worth,create a hyper hype and make a few extra bucks..but i think MUL is overdoing it with the swift and in the longer run could affect the company badly..
mclaren1885 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 03:50   #4
BANNED
 
dadudeonfire's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: mumbai - bandra
Posts: 367
Thanked: Once
Default

arre dude wait and watch..after 3-4 months...there will be no waiting period for swift
dadudeonfire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 11:25   #5
BHPian
 
Hackett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 103
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

very true..
As per MUL minimum waiting period for Swift ZXi is 6 months and VXi also in similar time range.
Hackett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 11:28   #6
BHPian
 
Hackett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 103
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

Just to add something off topic ..
One of my friend has decided to go for Santro now and wait till mid 2006 to buy a seden ( then available newer models) The Santro will be used as short use car later.
Hackett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 14:28   #7
Senior - BHPian
 
Deeps's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Delhi/Noida
Posts: 1,090
Thanked: 67 Times
Default

Lets, take the case of the swift. I highly doubt that its a marketing gimmick simply because many potential buyers (members of this forum too) have cancelled their order due to the 6 month waiting period. Why would MUL want to deliberately lead people to buy the GEtz/Santro etc. instead of their swift?
Deeps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 16:05   #8
BHPian
 
Hackett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 103
Thanked: 3 Times
Default

feel its marketing over kill. First they were not sure , how market will respond to Swift.
Second , they didn't launch it with few thousand stock in hand.

Third , our Indian mentality is run where everyone is running, very few chooses to question or deviate. That's the reason, in today's world we are still ready to wait for a car for 6months or more.( In certain cases after paying the full amount).

Fourth the previous generations hardship ( one use to wait for 8-10 years for a scooter delivery) adaptation is yet to wean away.

Last edited by Revvmaster : 12th September 2005 at 10:53.
Hackett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 17:07   #9
BHPian
 
amitverma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New Delhi
Posts: 346
Thanked: 0 Times
Default

there is nothing like creating a scarcity thing in Maruti Swift's case.
its just that the car is based upon a completely new platform and the mfg. capacity at maruti's plant are not adequate for the swift.
why are u guys forgetting that maruti aint selling the swift only in India.
there is m800, alto, zen, wagonR, esteem, and balenos. they are manufacturing the highest no. of cars in India.
obv it would take time for maruti to increase their manufacturing capacity. since maruti has already planned 5 more models on the swift platform, i am pretty sure that after an year or so, their swift prod capacity would be increased to abt 2-3 folds the current one.
amitverma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2005, 21:20   #10
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Sahil's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,202
Thanked: 2,094 Times
Default

Its a simple law of economics - Demand does not meet Supply!
It does mean that the car is selling well but it also reflects that the company was foolish not to tackle such antisipated issues.
Sahil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12th September 2005, 10:14   #11
BHPian
 
GTO - Touring's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 713
Thanked: 13 Times
Default

Quote:
Its a simple law of economics - Demand does not meet Supply!
Umm, Actually its supply being unable to meet the demand.

Its hardly a marketing gimmick, and no one is going to make a paying customer run away to someone else with ready goods. Do you know how many potential customers the NHC and Swift have lost due to waiting periods. In addition and according to the JD Quality survey, long waiting periods were the no.1 source of dissatisfaction for customers.

Quote:
Scorpio CRDe too has a waiting period for what i dont know??
Incorrect. I was at the showroom yesterday and Scorpios are available within 4 - 5 days. In mumbai atleast.

GTO
GTO - Touring is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th July 2007, 15:36   #12
Team-BHP Support
 
Rtech's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bombay
Posts: 5,769
Thanked: 212 Times
Default

Thought I'd bring this thread back to life. Seems that maruti still have not been able to meet the demand for the Swift. I believe the waiting period for a Swift is still about 2-4 months depending on the colour, variant and options. This is unacceptable. The swift is no longer a new car in the market. Isn't it about time Maruti got their act together and provide these cars withing a reasonable time frame?
Rtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th July 2007, 15:47   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
msdivy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,445
Thanked: 837 Times
Default

I would say poor planning - under estimation.
msdivy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th July 2007, 15:48   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: mumbai
Posts: 1,108
Thanked: 87 Times
Default

Fiats in the '60s had a waiting period of 5+ years!!
In the '70s 3+ years
Even today some premium cars have a waiting period of 1 year[ they offcourse call it made to order!
So I guess for a good car like the Swift which is successfull and a good car and is selling well in Europe too, the waiting of 2 months is not bad.
scooby05 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18th July 2007, 16:02   #15
Team-BHP Support
 
Samurai's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: B'lore-Manipal
Posts: 22,381
Thanked: 14,301 Times
Default

Bajaj Chetak had a waiting period of 10+ years, that takes the cake. In the present time Gurkha has a waiting period that is practically never ending. People are still waiting after 8 months.

My uncle used to describe the car buying process in the early 70s in our area. You had to use influence to secure an ambassador booking, and then constantly prod the dealer for the next 6 months to two years, or use further influence to get a car assigned to you. Those were scary days.

It is not marketing gimmick. Those days and these days, it is basically demand outstripping supply. Some manufacturers increase their capacity, but some just want to manage with existing capacity.
Samurai is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bangalore Maruti Dealers and VDI waiting period. Ajaybiz Indian Car Dealerships 24 9th September 2012 07:54
Safari GX 4x4 Mineral Red - Booked and waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting... HappyWheels Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 166 9th August 2009 11:54
Honda Dio - 2 Month waiting period! techn0l0gist Motorbikes 32 8th June 2009 10:45
Waiting period for Swift Petrol in Bangalore sivadas The Indian Car Scene 56 7th August 2007 13:42


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 20:01.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks