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Old 14th August 2016, 18:50   #1
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Default What future plans with your cars / bikes?

Notice the ‘with your cars/bikes’ in the topic heading and not ‘for your car

I know this sounds like a weird title for a thread, but hear me out on what I actually mean.

We are all automotive enthusiasts, we love our rides like they are actual humans. We talk to them, we treat them like a family member, we sob and cry when things go wrong with them, we even schedule our life around when she’ll be the most comfortable being driven. Common, if only we could add her name in the ration card, we would have done that too by now.

Like when we get married, we plan things like our honeymoon, the places we will visit in the next few years, kids, finance, house buying etc etc. Similarly, what kind of future plans do you have with your ride? No this is not a tuning related question, this is more of a future related question with things like:
  1. Will you take her wherever you move?
  2. How long do you plan to keep her?
  3. What if you move to another country?
  4. What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?
  5. What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc
  6. What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?

    Please add more questions like these and answer them too. Let me start with mine
  1. Will you take her wherever you move?
    I will take her wherever in this country I move

  2. What if you move out of the country?
    Since I plan to move out of India in say 2 years to Canada or Australia, I have already planned to get my Swift Diesel shipped there, there is no question about that. If that country does not accept my Swift Diesel due to some regulations, that country is out. Yes, that’s how it will roll for me.

  3. How long do you plan to keep her?
    I plan to keep her forever.

  4. What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?
    I am not married as of yet, but liking my Swift has to be part of the whole relationship. Yes we can buy other cars too, but the Swift has to be there and I hope she is liked and treated like a family member by my other half too.

  5. What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc?
    If you had a girlfriend/wife and Katrina Kaif came along and asked you out, would you breakup with your current girlfriend/wife? I guess that answers it for me atleast. I will keep her and save up for the next thing I want even if it means waiting some more time for money to rain. Selling/Exchanging is not an option.

  6. What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?
    Not applicable for me since I won’t be India for that long but if it does come down to it, I will move to a state where she is legal.


  7. Now for the theme of the topic, What plans do I have with her?
    Since I have always loved cars the obvious choice when it came to my education was Automotive Engineering too and Coventry University perfectly suited the bill with the modules, added an MBA in Engineering Management too after that at the same University since the MBA too had all the course content which hinted towards the Automotive field since our Uni is known for its Automotive centric education. Mahindra and Product Planning was my aim after getting back to India, but sadly Mahindra does not recognise passion, nor education and truly works like old school babu’s, gladly my current company does and even though I had no knowledge of the media streaming box field 9 months back, all they cared about was the passion I had for the Automotive field and they said the same would rub on this project too when I got down to it, exactly what happened.

    Anyway, Now for the question, Well it’s a long list, I want to click pictures of my other half and my car on road trips wherever we go, since this is the car my dad brought me and since mom dad and me have been for maximum road trips in this, when I am in some other country, this car will make me feel like they are always there. I know it will be mighty expensive to ship this considering the value of shipping will be more than the value of the car, but hey, somethings are just not counted in $, they work in times spent together/years kind of calculation.I want to ride across from Canada to the US in this if I shift to Canada, travel around Australia if I shift there, make my kids experience the car daddy grew up in, relieve old memories with my parents when they do shift to the country I move to, call some of my friends from India to wherever I am and go on road trip like old times. I guess, I ll stop now because this will go on.

Well, let me just close this with a picture of her which I had clicked in Leh.

What future plans with your cars / bikes?-swift.jpg



Please add your answers to the questions I have listed and if you can think of new questions to add, please add so. Let's just make this a fun exercise. I am sure lot many of you have planned stuff in your life intertwined with your car/bike. Add a picture of your ride too so that it gives a perspective to the reader about your story.

Let the show of love begin.

Mods: I hope this is the right section for such a thread.
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Old 15th August 2016, 12:26   #2
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Very unique thread, thanks for sharing! Chipping in with my 2 paisa:

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Will you take her wherever you move?
Love my place & location. Was born here, will die here.

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How long do you plan to keep her?
Jeep: Undecided

Sunny: At least until she is 8 - 10 years old

530d: At least until she is 8 - 10 years old

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What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?
Not realistic in our country as automotive penetration levels are abysmally low (30 cars / 1000 citizens compared to 800 / 1000 citizens in some developed countries). Even if it comes, will be restricted to a handful of crazy cities.

In the unlikely event that Bombay passes such a rule, I will transfer their registration to a holiday home that I have in a semi-rural part of India.

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Now for the theme of the topic, What plans do I have with her?
Jeep: Continue driving

Sunny: Continue beating

530d: Have been on ~12 highway trips so far, yet Mumbai-Goa by road has somehow remained elusive. Hope to solve that this year.

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Old 15th August 2016, 13:50   #3
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Well, a very nice thread that only we car-crazy people can relate to, to the common masses, this thread will probably look unreal or over-dramatic even Thank you for bringing this up.

My responses for the questions -

Will you take her wherever you move?
I took my car to Coimbatore to register it ( Just to get my favourite 'TN-37' on the number plate ) and the car is currently in Ahmedabad... Moved from Chennai, along with me. So yes I think I have answered it.

How long do you plan to keep her?
Yes, I do intend to keep it forever.

What if you move to another country?
Not thought about this, as I have no plans to move abroad.

What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?
I am already married, and she was not given any options to dislike my car.

What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc
I have to admit that I had a mild thought like that when Abarth was about to be launched, but quickly got back to my senses the immediate next time I took my 1.6S for a drive.

What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?
Mine is a petrol car, but still yes this fear is definitely there, and I guess I would have to visit few Government offices, get few documents, and probably they would allow. As a last resort, a change of heart to meet the prevalent emission norms.
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Interesting thread, here are my takes:

Will you take her wherever you move?

- Well, I don't plan on moving; and if I do - who doesn't love a good road trip?

How long do you plan to keep her?

- As long as she can be used as a reliable daily driver and doesn't spend more time cozying up to the mechanics.
- Or if the needs and requirements change and we are forced to look at another vehicle while she is running strong

What if you move to another country?

- Not happening

What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?

- Don't think it is a problem at the moment, and there are always workarounds.

What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc

- I don't think I would be in the market unless I need to change her for one of the reasons mentioned above, or she is a nights and weekends ride - in which case, the criteria is completely different.

What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?

- I don't see this happening to our vehicles, but if it does, there is no option but to comply with the rules.
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Awesome thread !
My current car is a Swift petrol, am posting with reference to that.

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Will you take her wherever you move?
Yes, its essential. And there is no reason why not to do so.

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What if you move out of the country?
Well, sell it off. Else let parents use it till they are in India. This is a bugging question to be honest. We have Innova, Swift and Wagon R.

Innova : will be sold after dad retires. Its doing 1000 kms. a month now, and then it would barely see 300 kms. a month. Dad is planning to shift to A'bad or our native place. Our home in Native place is a large plot but the entrance lane is so narrow, Innova cannot get into compound. Cant park it outside either, it blocks lane and chances of damage via tractors, carts, etc. No need for such a large vehicle then. Might get Ertiga or Vitara Brezza.

Wagon R : will be with me till/if I leave this country. It has factory fitted CNG, is damn cheap to run and maintain. Plus the ingress-egress ease, narrow body which helps in city, its too hard to ignore for a small city getting overtly congested.

Swift : will be too small for parents. My parents would stay with grand parents in A'bad. Will be sold off if I move out.

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How long do you plan to keep her?
If I stay in India, Swift will be my set of wheels till its over 1.5 lakh kms. or 15 years.

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What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?
Not yet married. Dont know if thats gonna happen in future or not. So its out of question. And its my car, so I will have a complete ruling over it. Have poured in my hard earned money.

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What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc?
In case of such financial scenario, will sell it off. I have to be practical at the end of the day.

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What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?
Register it at native Village though its in Gujarat. Thing is, such rule wont be directly hit at villages. Problem should be solved.

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Now for the theme of the topic, What plans do I have with her?
Enjoy the drive as long as I can. Nobody knows whats there in future.

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Will you take her wherever you move?
As long as it is in india, yes. In case you're wondering, I will never move to bangalore
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How long do you plan to keep her?
Original plan was 8 years. It's around 10 now. I'll keep it around as long as
1. Not more than two breakdowns within 6 months ( have not had any so far)
2. Cost of ownership(repair costs etc ) does not exceed a cost of ownership (emi + depreciation etc) of a figo Diesel
3.No New functional requirements (need 7 seats etc)
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What if you move to another country?
Will stay with my parents or one of my friends. I'm keeping this car around because I'm hoping to go abroad sooner than later, and it doesnt make sense to buy a new car and pay EMI's while it lies idle at home
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What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?
Got married recently, and wife does not have a problem. Future girlfriends - will have to take a call. Past girlfriends have fond memories and still ask me about it!
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What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc
I have not seen such a car yet. I'd rather donate it to my parents than sell it off.
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What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?
Move to another state! Kerala has already introduced a ban on 15+ year old diesels, so I am already thinking of prolonging my stay outside kerala !
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This thread shows how much you love your car, and there are a number of enthusiasts keep their cars close to the hearts.
The questions need a lot of thought to answer. More than thought, the answer has to come from heart. There are some psychological exercises which require one to use their non-dominant hand to write the answer to some deep questions, so the answers come directly from sub-conscious mind.
Here, since I am typing - I don't know whether I am being truthful, and I might behave very differently, even if same scenarios occur!
  1. Will you take her wherever you move? -- Yes. As long as I am within the country, I plan to take her wherever I move.
  2. How long do you plan to keep her? -- 50000 kms is what I have set as a limit until when I would drive her exclusively. By this, what I means is, I have no plans to buy another car before she crosses 50K. After buying another car also, I intend to keep her as long as I can take good care of her.
  3. What if you move to another country? -- If I happen to move on a long term, I will sell the car, as she would just gather rust. I have no idea to ship cars to different countries.
  4. What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car? -- Not applicable, she likes the car as much as I do
  5. What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc -- Now that you have introduced me to such a possibility, I need to keep some cash ready, instead of being in a situation to sell her because of such reasons!
  6. What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered? -- Government rules are to be followed, but mine being a Tier-II city, it will take some time before such rules hit my city.
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At the time of purchasing, every single car I've owned seemed like a perfect car to me, with no real drawbacks. But then my requirements have changed with time, and with it, the cars have too. In the future too, I can see myself giving up an existing car and purchasing something new.

I don't love my car in particular because I own it, and have spent X years or XXXXX kms in it. I pretty much love all cars and the driving pleasure cars offer.

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Have a 3 year old Vespa. Going strong. I think the more I ride, the more I save (money wise) . Primary use of Vespa is to use instead of autos for short distances. So far done 16k kms. Plan to keep for a long time.

Earlier Punto was kept for almost 7 years. Not much kms done, but plan to change that with our new Punto. So far my plan is one trip a month to a new place. Can be a short day trip or a weekend or even a weeklong. So far I've done 3k kms and that's way faster than our old Punto. It's a car you drive to have fun and not just commute.

Don't plan to sell Vespa at all, and plan to keep the car for atleast 6-8 years or even more.
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With increasing liabilities of personal life and for my dependents, I plan to drop 2-wheeler commuting fully and shift completely to cars.

The way we have increasing number of maniacs on road day after day, I always feel to be living on the mercy of others while commuting by a 2 wheeler. Yes, we are not immune to this being in a car but we are exponentially safe than being on a 2 wheeler.

I witness at least 5-6 accidents every week in my limited commute of 10 kms each day, out of which 99% involve 2 wheelers. Some get up themselves, some are lifted by others out of which some are carried eventually to a hospital. A sight as such is enough to make a sane rider jittery. And then I wonder how thick skinned and moronic people are they who still prefer to ride rash, disobey traffic rules and act (over)smart.
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At the time of purchasing, every single car I've owned seemed like a perfect car to me, with no real drawbacks. But then my requirements have changed with time, and with it, the cars have too. In the future too, I can see myself giving up an existing car and purchasing something new.

I don't love my car in particular because I own it, and have spent X years or XXXXX kms in it. I pretty much love all cars and the driving pleasure cars offer.
Echo smartcat's comments. I dont really feel emotionally attached to my cars/bikes or any other electronic gadget to hang on to it forever. The only reason I own a particular model of a car/bike is that it fits my requirements at that given point of time. And among the choices I have, I go with what my heart wants. Then as long as it continues to meet my requirements, I will take good care of it and enjoy it to the max. But if my requirements change (could be triggered by any of the reasons mentioned), I will have no hesitation in letting it go.

There are a lot of cars out there that I love. If it were feasible, I would get a new one every year.

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Interesting/fun thread. Like most of us, I am also very attached to my Bikes and Cars. Here is my response to your questions.
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Will you take her wherever you move?
Absolutely. Infant the best part of the day is when I ride the bike/drive the car to and from the office.
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How long do you plan to keep her?
I am never going to sell my first bike and car. Since I have bought the car and bike I dreamt of when I was little, it just brings out the child in me everytime I drive it and plasters a stupid grin on my face. If it remains in good condition, I will probably going to pass to my kids, hoping that they share the same passion for bikes and car as me.
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What if you move to another country?
Never going to happen. I was born here and will die here.
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What if your wife/girlfriend does not like your car?
I am not married so that question is out of the way and liking my car and bike would be one of prerequisites if she wants to spend her life with me.
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What if some lucrative car comes along and you have to sell this ride because you need the money to buy that new car/no parking space etc
Like I said, selling is out of the picture, probably gift it to parents or kids. I love my car and bike I will find a way to keep them with me. Always!
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What if the government introduces some rule in your state and your ride is at the fear of being deregistered?
We have residentship of four states (Two of them are Tier-II cities) so that is not going to be an issue.
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