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Old 5th January 2015, 19:30   #1621
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Wow!
I sold my Dec 2012 Vista VX in June 2014 for 3 lakhs with just 18K kms on it. How did you manage to get such a high resale value?
Dealer offered 2.6. Full service history was available with TASS.
Sold through Quikr for 2.7.
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Cartoq sources report, via an exclusive scoop, that alloy wheels are no longer standard across the Zest range, and are now exclusive to the top variants only, starting from January 01st, 2015.

Also, Tata Motors has withdrawn the 333 Confidence Maintenance
Plan on the Zest as well.

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CarToq’s sources maintain that the alloy wheels are no longer standard on the Zest. Only the top end variants of the car get alloy wheels as standard kit from the January 1st, 2015.
Also, Tata Motors has withdrawn the 333 Confidence Maintenance Plan which entails a 3 year/45,000 kilometers free maintenance, 24X7 Roadside Assistance for 3 years and a 100,000 Kms warranty coverage for 3 years.
These plans are no longer free and the Zest buyer will have to fork out additional sums of money for them.
The rollback in excise duty cuts means that the price of the Zest could also see an increase shortly.
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Did the PDI of my vehicle today.

Initially I was told I can do the PDI at the showroom, but later I was informed that the PDI has to be done at the yard itself! The SA informed that he can arrange for a driver and a vehicle from the showroom. I accepted this offer.

On reaching the showroom this morning, I was surprised to find no parking space outside the showroom, but realized soon that it was because of the two BOLTs parked in the regular parking slot.

Reached the yard after 1hour 15 minutes drive and started the PDI. I made a few observations. I need assistance from members here to understnad if this is normal.

1. Paint chip-off in two areas - is this common?
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2. Severe scratches on mirror assembly inner cover.
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3. Left hand side door mis-alignment - why does this happen? I checked couple of other Zests parked in the yard and they did not seem to have this problem.
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Cartoq sources report, via an exclusive scoop, that alloy wheels are no longer standard across the Zest range, and are now exclusive to the top variants only, starting from January 01st, 2015.

Also, Tata Motors has withdrawn the 333 Confidence Maintenance
Plan on the Zest as well.



SOURCE - Cartoq
Have they raised prices now that the tax sops have been withdrawn? If not then they have to cut costs somehow.
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Issues do not look major, but check in detail

1) Paint chipping - touch up will solve the issue, but check whether any of those body parts are still touching with others during operation.

2) Severe scratches on mirror assembly inner cover - Ask them to change the cover. How come car interior part has hard water marks?

3) Left hand side door mis-alignment - Check for any sign of repair/paint job. Touch and feel the surface, open the door beading and check for signs of repair/paint work.
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1) Paint chipping - touch up will solve the issue, but check whether any of those body parts are still touching with others during operation..
Touch up has been promised, need to check the outcome before delivery. And, no parts are touching during operation - checked.

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2) Severe scratches on mirror assembly inner cover - Ask them to change the cover. How come car interior part has hard water marks?
Again, a replacement is promised. Need to confirm replacement before taking delivery. My guess on the water marks is that it is due to a hurried cleaning. The car has been in the yard for at least a month and must have had a thick layer of dust over it till this morning (as seen on other cars in the yard today). The wash job was a hurried one and they had not cleaned it properly. I am hoping it will be cleaned properly before the final delivery.

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3) Left hand side door mis-alignment - Check for any sign of repair/paint job. Touch and feel the surface, open the door beading and check for signs of repair/paint work.
Did try to check this with my limited knowledge. There were no signs of repair, paint etc. Will ask the showroom folks to remove the beading and check again before taking delivery.

Another observation was regarding the fuel tank lid. It doesn't fit correctly and seems to bulge out on one corner. On checking with the employees present there, I was told that this is how it is on all Zests. Did not get a chance to verify this on other cars.
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Have they raised prices now that the tax sops have been withdrawn? If not then they have to cut costs somehow.
A price hike has also been effected. The quantum of the price hike is yet to be officially announced, though.

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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, Hyundai Motor India Ltd, Honda Cars India Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd have increased prices by between Rs.6,000 and Rs.1.3 lakh, depending on the model.

A Tata Motors spokeswoman said the company had raised prices but did not provide the extent of the increase.
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In bangalore the concord SA confirmed yesterday that XT petrol is going to cost atleast 20k extra now. Also seems the 333 confidence maintenance plan will be withdrawn starting 1st of Feb. Bad news for those planning to buy Zest in new year :(
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Did the PDI of my vehicle today.

Initially I was told I can do the PDI at the showroom, but later I was informed that the PDI has to be done at the yard itself! The SA informed that he can arrange for a driver and a vehicle from the showroom. I accepted this offer.

On reaching the showroom this morning, I was surprised to find no parking space outside the showroom, but realized soon that it was because of the two BOLTs parked in the regular parking slot.

Reached the yard after 1hour 15 minutes drive and started the PDI. I made a few observations. I need assistance from members here to understnad if this is normal.

1. Paint chip-off in two areas - is this common?
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2. Severe scratches on mirror assembly inner cover.
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3. Left hand side door mis-alignment - why does this happen? I checked couple of other Zests parked in the yard and they did not seem to have this problem.

Don't accept the car and ask for another car to be assigned to you is the simple answer!
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I don't understand why they withdrew alloys on all variants. I thought this was a good, market changing move. Like when Bajaj started offering alloys on all pulsars as standard, the market had to adjust and everyone started offering. Same with Disk brakes and electric start in bikes.
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I would be happy if they introduce ABS and Airbags standard across all variants instead of alloy wheels.

ABS is already available in 4 out of 5 variants (ie. except base XE variant)
Dual airbags are available in 2 out of 5 variants now

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I definitely foresee discounts/offers in the region of around 20-25k on the Zest starting March atleast. Its difficult to sustain even the current sales figures of around 3000 per month with the price hike and withdrawal of features no matter how good the car is.
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I feel Tata should NOT withdraw the 333 Confidence Maintenance Plan. Tata does not score high in reliability perception and offering the maintenance plan as a standard package would have boosted buyer confidence in the product.

The removal of alloy wheels from lower variants can take care of the margins.

Also as many of the members have suggested, they should start make ABS+Airbags as standard for all versions.
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Booked the Beige RT XT on 31st Dec for the old price, From Concorde Prabhadevi.
Recommend the SA - Imran very helpful & patient.

I was busy the whole of December in a family wedding and as a result was unaware of the price hike & 333 offer being stopped.

Rushed on 31st only to find out that my first choice Red was not available only Beige was available.

Waiting for my loan to disburse.

I have a question
If for some unfortunate reason my car has issues and I want a replacement, And TATA agrees, will the new car fall under the increased Excise ?
The SA says no but wanted to confirm.

Also on making the down payment what documents should I receive?

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Don't accept the car and ask for another car to be assigned to you is the simple answer!
Too late for that now Vehicle is already registered in my name as of today. Will get delivery this Saturday. Hope they resolve all issues reported during PDI.
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