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Old 28th August 2012, 11:11   #3181
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Took a trip to Ooty from Chennai via Bangalore over the weekend. Took the Masinagudi route to Ooty, it was a handful driving in the hairpin (36) bends with the XUV.
Had taken my spanner set & other tools in-case of any vehicle trouble, but XUV did not offer any chance of using it, thankfully.
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I did the same trip... but from hyderabad. Took the Bangalore->Hosur->Salem->Coimbatore route though. Almost 3000 kms travelled. And absolutely yumm. I realized the potential this vehicle has over long distances. Its a damned good at coast-to-coast type of cruising at very high speeds without breaking a sweat.
Great to hear that you enjoyed the long rides without any issues! Gives me a lot of confidence as I await delivery of the W8 (expected in the first week of october).. please post your travelogues as well.
Sorry, for being OT, but a bunch of us are planning a trip from Hyderabad to Goa sometime in November. Can someone point me to some tips on driving on our Highways and some do's and don't?
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Sorry, for being OT, but a bunch of us are planning a trip from Hyderabad to Goa sometime in November. Can someone point me to some tips on driving on our Highways and some do's and don't?
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A few snaps from my recent trip to Ooty.
Rocking.. Loved the close up shot of the lights.. looks really ferocious.
THe silver color really stands out in that background.

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Great to hear that you enjoyed the long rides without any issues! Gives me a lot of confidence as I await delivery of the W8 (expected in the first week of october).. please post your travelogues as well.
Sorry, for being OT, but a bunch of us are planning a trip from Hyderabad to Goa sometime in November. Can someone point me to some tips on driving on our Highways and some do's and don't?
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I as well as fellow moderator mobike008 have done Hyderabad-Goa several times in the past. Look for threads and there are umpteen numbers of them there in the section.
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Hi Guys

I had booked my XUV ( W6, Moondust Silver) mode on Jun 10th.

Out of the blue - I Got a call from the dealer today saying my booking has been allotted and it will be available by Sep 1st week ... but he has an even faster offer...

He claims, he has a W8 Moondust silver in the stock yard and the person who booked it is not ready to take delivery now, so he is willing to allott it to me. He also claimed that there is a planned 15K price hike from Sep 1st.

He also claims, the vehicle allotted was a W8 ( for Sep 1st week delivery) .. On probing further, he got back saying there was some confusion with allotment and therefore they ended up allotting a W8 instead of W6

He says if I want W6 - I will get it based on the original estimated delivery period - which was October.

That leaves me with two options -
1. I go for the W8 in the same color I wanted or
2. wait for my original choice of W6 till october.

With the planned price hike - the difference between w6 and w8 comes to about 1.55L -> And from the day I booked the W6, I have been in double mind about the W8 some time even thinking about canceling and rebooking !


Asked the dealer for more details - got the VIN of the vehicle and it decodes as Aug 2012. The dealer claims it is only 3 days old in his yard. Also have it on email that the price hike is set from Sep 1st.

If I have to go ahead - then I need to pay the money and invoice it before Aug 31st to save the price hike.

What do you guys think ? - Is this a regular dealer behavior to move cancelled bookings or does it sound very fishy ?

Help !

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Hi Guys

I had booked my XUV ( W6, Moondust Silver) mode on Jun 10th.

Out of the blue - I Got a call from the dealer today saying my booking has been allotted and it will be available by Sep 1st week ... but he has an even faster offer...

He claims, he has a W8 Moondust silver in the stock yard and the person who booked it is not ready to take delivery now, so he is willing to allott it to me. He also claimed that there is a planned 15K price hike from Sep 1st.

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What do you guys think ? - Is this a regular dealer behavior to move cancelled bookings or does it sound very fishy ?

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If the dealer is not asking for a premium for the W8, and if it is indeed a Aug'12 manufactured vehicle, in my opinion, you can consider going for it.

At the same time, the dealer claiming confusion about w6 v/s w8, seems like a ploy for you to opt for the W8 that they have in stock. The general behaviour of the dealer would be to take advantage of a cancellation and make some quick money by way of a premium. So kind of confusing why the dealer is not taking that route.
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I had booked my XUV ( W6, Moondust Silver) mode on Jun 10th

What do you guys think ? - Is this a regular dealer behavior to move cancelled bookings or does it sound very fishy ?

Help !

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There is noting fishy about the dealers behavior. Many a times they get extra stock / cancellations etc. just make sure you do the PDI rather thoroughly.
If your budget permits go for w8 its safety feature additions are alone enough to justify the price difference. More features the better
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... but he has an even faster offer...

... He also claimed that there is a planned 15K price hike from Sep 1st.

With the planned price hike - the difference between w6 and w8 comes to about 1.55L -> ...

...does it sound very fishy ?
Nothing fishy in that. And the VIN decodes to Aug'12 right? But the question is whether you want to pay an additional 15K or 155K! Go thru those reasons why you opted for a W6 in the first place. If those conditions hold good even as of now, please stick on.

I for one am not sure I want to buy a variant with all the more electronic gadgets, from Mahindra yet! But your money, your preference, your call!

Edit:: If they have a W6 also in the yard [preferably silver], please go check both back to back and understand the difference and does W8 sound sensible to you!

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Yes I also think there's nothing fishy about the whole thing. If you have the budget, I think you should go for the W8. Its definitely worth the upgrade.
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When you booked the XUV you agreed upon a price. My understanding is that M&M should honor that price at the time of delivery. In this case even if the price goes up in September you should still get it at old price if they deliver after September. Isnt that right? Only if registration charges/road taxes go up we will have to bear that differential. Thats my understanding
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When you booked the XUV you agreed upon a price. My understanding is that M&M should honor that price at the time of delivery. In this case even if the price goes up in September you should still get it at old price if they deliver after September. Isnt that right? Only if registration charges/road taxes go up we will have to bear that differential. Thats my understanding
Unfortunately that's not how it works. There is a difference between "booking" a vehicle and "buying" a vehicle. When booking, it is not known when exactly would the vehicle be delivered, it might as well be 6 months down the line. Therefore the booking papers clearly mention that the price would be as prevalent at the time of delivery. When the vehicle is "invoiced" that's the time, you are actually "buying" the vehicle and that happens closer to the delivery when the VIN and chasis no. is availlable.

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...My understanding is that M&M should honor that price at the time of delivery. In this case even if the price goes up in September you should still get it at old price if they deliver after September...
Not always! This happens ONLY when the dealer gives a price protection. Else the consumer needs to pay the price of the car at the time of booking. Also please note that the dealers will NEVER bother to give price protection on models which have backlogs. And not only M&M, all manufacturers do this!

To solve this problem, M&M had introduced the booking cut off once a 3 month production worth orders were secured.
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When you booked the XUV you agreed upon a price. My understanding is that M&M should honor that price at the time of delivery. In this case even if the price goes up in September you should still get it at old price if they deliver after September. Isnt that right? Only if registration charges/road taxes go up we will have to bear that differential. Thats my understanding
I would imagine that the above is true only if you have paid the amount in full at the time of booking isnt it? Or at least paid some additional amount that goes towards price protection.

Otherwise since there could be considerable time between booking and delivery there can be many factors that could raise the price, typically a rise in the input prices of raw mats.
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When you booked the XUV you agreed upon a price. My understanding is that M&M should honor that price at the time of delivery. In this case even if the price goes up in September you should still get it at old price if they deliver after September. Isnt that right? Only if registration charges/road taxes go up we will have to bear that differential. Thats my understanding
Just check the fine print of the order taking form (OTF) that you fill up while booking the car. It says that there will be no escalation in the cost of car except the govt duties. I remember that aspect when I booked it in Jan this year. So in my opinion M&M will not hike the cost of car for current set of bookings.
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