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Old 10th July 2009, 09:33   #1
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Hi,

I had owned a Tata Indica Xeta GLS, 15000 Kms done mostly in City (Bangalore)

I was not happy with the performance of the vehicle and the service offered by service stations. Had tried Prerana, Manipal, Concorde and Green Tracks.

Decided to go in for a change. My criteria were,

1. NO Tata Vehicle or Tata Service Done vehicles (Read Fiat, I love Ferrari and Fiat Engines).
2. Budget of 5-7 on road. - Not willing to extend my budget.
3. Good After Sales Service.
4. Low Maintenance - not too huge.
5. Not too bothered of Fuel Efficiency, however if it fetches a good FE will still grab it.
6. Should not feel sluggish when the A/C is turned on.
7. No criteria of Hatchback or Sedan. Just that I had a Hatchback, was not very keen on Hatch.
8. Gasoline or Diesel or LPG was never really a question.

I looked at,
1. Hyundai i20
2. Hyundia Accent / ECO
3. Swift Dzire Diesel
4. Aveo
5. Ford Ikon Diesel

i20
Ruled out by Wife, she did not like it. Since it carried the same i10 engine, i felt its sluggish.

Hyundai Accent/ECO
Was hot favorite considering the smooth ride. Wife felt the back seats are not comfortable and I thought it would be soon be phased out. Plus it was more than 8 years old vehicle on Road and considering the fact that I wanted to keep this for next 4-5 years did not make sense.

Aveo.
Was offered a 2008 Model with close to 90,000 Discount on base model. Did not consider this with fading number of Service centers in Bangalore. Though a new one Kropex is opened up @ Hosur Road.

Ikon Diesel
Felt the vehicle is good, however lack of basic features (like the Boot Opener, Remote Central locking), fear of costly maintenance (though assured by the Sales executive its no longer a costly affair) and delay on part of dealer in responding made me not to buy the vehicle.

DZire
Yes and no, yes and no and went on. But finally Bought it. Bought a DZire VDi. It was a diesel because of,
1. Loved the Drive
2. No Petrol engine for Test Drive. How can someone drive a petrol swift and come to conclusion of how it feels in DZire? I do understand that. I understand the wheelbase is the same, but the body weight, aerodynamics will still play a part I belive.
3. Good mileage
4. Neighborhood service center.

I shall post my dealer experience and buying experience sooner.

Thanks
Deepak
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Old 10th July 2009, 09:48   #2
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Congratulations on your wise purchase.
what was your colour choice?
how much did you pay for insurance?
please post some pics of the car
how much was the extended warranty for? did you opt for it?
Me too thinking of getting the Dzire vdi after a lot of considerations of other cars. Still looking out lets see!
All the best with your car
cheers!
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Well, Guys here we go.

Booked my Dzire VDi in Bangalore on Tuesday (30th June, 09). After much of negotiation with the dealers for the waiting period, getting the Vehicle in 6-7 Days :-)

None of the dealers where ready to give me the delivery of Vehicle in 2 months time saying minimum waiting period is 2-3 months, because of Maruti Factory's Annual Close down etc etc.After the initial discussions, I figured out that its not possible to get the vehicle in 2-3 weeks. Hence there was a point where I thought I shall go with either Hyundai Accent LPG or Ford Ikon Diesel.Then I thought, Ok let me try something. I started calling the 3 dealers in span of 20 minutes called all three dealers.

To Biaml Auto Agency: Pratham Motors is giving the car in 4 weeks time, but not of my color choice. I shall give you three color choices (Azure Grey, Silky Silver and Metallic Beige) let me know what you can do.

To Pratham Motors: Biaml Auto Agency is giving me in 3 weeks time but color is Silver, which I dont want. So let me know if you can get me Beige.

To Kalyani Motors: I want Azure Grey, let me know if you can give in 3 weeks time. Pratham Motors has agreed to give me Beige in 3 weeks flat.

Please note, none of the dealers had confirmed this. But I just tried doing a trick or two. Wife and Me were keen on Beige

Astonishingly get the first call from Biaml Auto Agency in 40 minutes of me calling him. Says, if you want Black or White I can get you immediately. I asked him to give me 2 hrs time, i shall call him back.

Kalyani Motors did not call back. So dropped him from my list.

It was close to 90 minutes since Biaml Auto Agency had called me. Thought, if I give a call back to Pratham Motors or Kalyani Motors they might just figure out that I am desperate. So held my nerves, started discussing with wife on possible color. Wife was keen on Beige but said can settle for White. We were working on possible white, to add more spice to this I called Pratham Motors and said I am getting the color of my choice from dealer so Thank you for all efforts. He says, please give me 10 minutes time, hia manager is working on possibilities and will revert. So I said to myself, I shall wait, you never know I might get beige.

After 20 minutes Pratham Motors calls and says, Bingo...I can get you Beige in 2 weeks :-) I was jumping in Joy, but controlled my emotions and said I shall confirm. I asked him time of 30 minutes time.

Meanwhile, after the call had prepared a cheque for booking the vehicle in Pratham Motors name. Called Pratham Motors after 40 minutes and said. Ok I shall book, but need to commit on papers confirming the delivery date.
He said, he cannot do this. If at all other customers get to know, I (Executive) will be in soup. So i said aright, but i need it in less than 2 weeks. He confirmed and asked me for booking amount.

I went there next day Wednesday and paid him 10,000/- he said minimum booking amount is 50,000. After much arguing he accepted 10,000 and said to arrange for difference amount.

I started working on the finance options, and bingo got the finance from HDFC in 2 days.

Meanwhile no update from Executive in last 2 days, just to check I called him to check on Vehicle (2nd Day at 7 PM Friday). He said, there is one vehicle but since my Finance was not ready he is alloting it to different customer. I said hold on, its ready dont worry! I can arrange for the banker to send you the cheque.

He was like, wonderful sir then I shall ensure this vehicle is for you.

Saturday morning (10am) called the banker to pay the cheque and went to showroom by 11 am. Made the difference payment.

Vehicle will be sent for registration on Monday and I should have the vehicle on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Finally so happy that my trick worked out.

There was a small variation now, the dealer said possible to send the vehicle for registration only on Monday (6th July). There was lot of discussions as to why so late..etc etc, but still did not want to argue with him for a long and I was anyways travelling. So I told him I shall take delivery on 8th July (7th July I was coming back to Bangalore). He said fine.

Got my Vehicle Delivery on 8th July

Thanks
Deepak
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@schitre05, insurance cost was 14196, this includes the NCB.
NCB i was not even aware of what it is, Big thanks to TBHP. I saved about 3900/-.

New insurance in Bangalore is about 181xx/-

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@schitre05, oops sorry I forgot about the Extended Warranty. I opted for 3rd year extended warranty (3 yr/60000 kms) and it cost me 2395/-

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thanks for the update!
good choice of colour and cool tricks played.
These dealers really take carbuyers for a ride.
2-3 months wait came down to 2 weeks and you got it within that time too.
Congrats and keep on writing the experience with your new car.
Only if it came with an abs i would not have to look for anywhere else for my car! the zdi is too off my budget.
cheers! and happy motoring!
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Thumbs up Congrats dude

That was a cool trick man.......

I too helped a friend buy a Dzire Vdi in a single day and got the color of his choice as well (white) from Mandovi Motors as I knew a few people there.

Please keep us posted with a lot of pics about your accessories and the initial driving experience as I m closely following the Dzire threads in the hope of buying one soon but my love for the Octavia (used of course, cant afford a new one) just doesnt die or diminish....
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@devdath, I have added few accessories on the car.
1. Sun Film
2. Door Garnish (Only for style)
3. Pioneer Tweeters
4. Steering Grip
5. USB FM Transmitter (Which helps me play songs from USB)
6. Will be getting the Reverse Parking Sensors Installed sooner in a day or two.
7. I did not get the Teflon and Under body chaises coating - Teflon no, under body might get it done during the First Service.

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Hey Guru's,

I wanted to check with you all guys, if there is any run in period required for the engine to settle down?
I am currently driving it between 50-80 Kmph and sometimes the Power Boost takes me past 100 Kmph :-)

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keep the rpms at around 2000-2500.try and drive at varied speeds at varied rpms.avoid going beyond 100kmph.avoid driving at lesser speeds in higher gears.avoid sudden braking and pedal to metal driving atleast for first 1000kms.
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@devdath, I have added few accessories on the car.
1. Sun Film
2. Door Garnish (Only for style)what is this
3. Pioneer Tweeters
4. Steering Grip
5. USB FM Transmitter (Which helps me play songs from USB)
6. Will be getting the Reverse Parking Sensors Installed sooner in a day or two.How are these and how much did thy cost
7. I did not get the Teflon and Under body chaises coating - Teflon no, under body might get it done during the First Service.

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Car looks nice in beige too. my queries in bold.
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deepak, congrats on your vdi, looks good in that colour.till you complete 1000kms, make sure you drive around 2000 to 2500rpm and keep the speed variable and dont drive on one constant speed for long period.Keep updating andmore pics please.
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Car looks nice in beige too. my queries in bold.
Door Garnish, please check the picture attached. I have something similar but "Swift" embossed on it. This cost me 450/-

Reverse parking sensors cost me 2900/- including labour charges with 4 sensors. Though i did not get the color of Beige I had to settle for Black.

I even got a Exhaust cap fitted. Its in oval shape. Check the picture attached. This cost me 550/-
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yeah that garnish comes stock on jazz now, good though why didnt you got coloured your reverse camera, and which brand did you opted for.
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yea right, Jazz has it by default now.
i dont remember the brand for parking sensors.
I will be getting it painted pretty soon.
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