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Old 9th February 2010, 14:44   #1
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Default New Honda Civic VMT - Polished metal metallic - Initial ownership experience

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Year 2006 - CIVIC came to India
Saw it for the first time in 2006 and fell in love with the looks of the car.............
Even today also, a civic on the road catches my attention although i am in it myself,,,,,,
Wanted to buy a new car in 2006 but couldnot afford CIVIC then,,,,,,
took a decision to wait for a appropriate time and time came in on Feb 6, Saturday,2010...............
Although was perpared to buy in Nov/Dec 2009, i thought of waiting for a 2010 model.

Although heart and mind was always on CIVIC, wanted to check out other competitive cars in same segment, took TD of Laura TSI, Jetta 1.9TDI, Chevy Cruze and offcourse Corolla Altis..................did not find any of these as exciting as CIVIC.......................I feel Civic is a drivers car for those in their 20's or 30's. You may do all TDs, techincal analysis, studies, comparison etc etc, but end of the day what matters is , did you buy the machine which you like/love ?. I guess my mind was very stuck right on that aspect while buying CIVIC, thats all mattered to me, hence i am not going into details of what is right/wrong between cars in this segment although i have all the details.........

Started talking to all 3 honda dealers in Bangalore - Magnum, Dakshin and Whitefield, found whitefield and dakshin equally professional in their approach, followup and promptness. Magnum was not a match for my expectations. Took final offers from both Dakshin and Whitefiled and finally decided to go with Whitefiled because of good offer and close proximity.

Through a close contact who worked at whitefiled honda earlier, i intiated a dialogue which took me talking straight up to senior sales manager at whitefiled and all the way to the deliery with a good deal,
Booked VMT polished metal metallic on on 30th Jan and got delivery in 1 week as promised by whitefeild on date/time on 6th Feb
Here is the deal i got
On Road VMT Cost (bangalore) = 15.62L
Corporate discount = 20,000
Insurance - 26,091/- from Royal sundaram
I mentioned to the dealer i am getting good insurance outside at lesser price than what is included in on road price(Rs40,091), but they agreed to give it same price as outside, so total insurance savings was 14,000/-.
Total on road price came to = 15.28L
On further negotiation with dealer they were ready to offer me 15,000/- discount on accessories(any) or another 10,000 cash discount, but i asked for rear spoiler and side step garnish for free, they disagreed initaially, after relentless arguments and negotiations, i managed to get Rear Spoiler and Side Step garnish on all 4 doors for free out of showroom
Did not go for parking sensors and sunfilm from showroom, plan to get it done outside at better cost.

So in all total cost was 15.28L and car came with spoiler and garnish free.

I am currently excited to drive my dream machine and getting used to the new car dynamics...........I will post intital drive experience shortly - Its difficult to keep her under 3K RPM for sure at this moment.......

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Let me be the first one to congratulate you.

Congratulations Penpavan. Even after 4 years, this car feels young. Good colour choice as well.
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Congratulations on your new car! Amazing color choice and very good pics!

Happy motoring!
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@penpavan: Congrats on your buy ! You have won a great deal there.
Polished Metal looks classy on the Civic. I have two questions for you as am booking the car tomorrow.

1. The side-step garnish shown - Is it Honda OE or aftermarket ? The reason am asking is because the dealer told me that the rear ones do not have illumination in the OE. Also, how much did the dealer quote for it ? (I know you got it free but want to know the cost. The OE ones cost 10.5K here)

2. The insurance offered by the dealer - was it Honda Assure or the regular one ?

Happy and safe motoring. Do keep updating this thread on the upgrades/mods(if any) that you plan.
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Congrats Pavan on your buy. Its Really a majestic car. Cheers!!!
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Congrats Pavan...that's a good deal you got. I have opted for Tafeta White colour.
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@penpavan: Congrats on your buy ! You have won a great deal there.
Polished Metal looks classy on the Civic. I have two questions for you as am booking the car tomorrow.

1. The side-step garnish shown - Is it Honda OE or aftermarket ? The reason am asking is because the dealer told me that the rear ones do not have illumination in the OE. Also, how much did the dealer quote for it ? (I know you got it free but want to know the cost. The OE ones cost 10.5K here)

2. The insurance offered by the dealer - was it Honda Assure or the regular one ?

Happy and safe motoring. Do keep updating this thread on the upgrades/mods(if any) that you plan.
@rr_zen - i have seen several side step garnish for Civic - not sure which one is OEM from Honda. Dealer did not show me which one he is installing and i couldnot debate much since it was free. But i like what ever he has put, it kind of matches the silver color on dask and door handles inside the car and it looks kind of cool with the blue illumination especially in night
dealer tells me its 10.5K MRP though during my negotiation

The insurance orginally offered by the dealer was Honda Assure.
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Congrats Pavan...that's a good deal you got. I have opted for Tafeta White colour.
Congrats Vasoo....when are you getting your delivery ?
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@rr_zen - i have seen several side step garnish for Civic - not sure which one is OEM from Honda. Dealer did not show me which one he is installing and i couldnot debate much since it was free. But i like what ever he has put, it kind of matches the silver color on dask and door handles inside the car and it looks kind of cool with the blue illumination especially in night
dealer tells me its 10.5K MRP though during my negotiation

The insurance orginally offered by the dealer was Honda Assure.
Thanks. I like the one you have on your car. The OE one is smaller than what you have and the rear ones do not illuminate. Check this link:
Honda Car India :: Civic

As you said the one that you have goes well with the car. Now that I have seen this, I dont think I will go in for the OE one.
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Congratulation penpavan! You got a good accessories offer.. and I like the LED display on the side step garnish.. But I think you should have gotten a non-honda parking sensors and other accessories from the dealer instead of the rear spoiler (as you can get the same for one-third price from outside)

Also, do tell us if the new so called stiffened suspension is of any help in bangalore's road.. happy motoring!
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First of all I'd like to congratulate you on your Brand New HONDA Civic .
You can congratulate me as well as I got mine in Tafeta white last week itself .
Your side-step garnish is quite different from mine . Is that because of the difference in our Models ? I've just got them under front doors . Is it the same in your case?
Even I got mine for Rs.10,500 .

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Congrats Pavan...that's a good deal you got. I have opted for Tafeta White colour.
Ditto . Cheers!

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@penpavan:
1. The side-step garnish shown - Is it Honda OE or aftermarket ? The reason am asking is because the dealer told me that the rear ones do not have illumination in the OE. Also, how much did the dealer quote for it ? (I know you got it free but want to know the cost. The OE ones cost 10.5K here)
Even I've got the OEM Side-step garnish and they are quite different from these . You can check mine here (The Journey Begins Here : New Honda CIVIC V (Tafeta White)) .
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Congratulation penpavan! You got a good accessories offer.. and I like the LED display on the side step garnish.. But I think you should have gotten a non-honda parking sensors and other accessories from the dealer instead of the rear spoiler (as you can get the same for one-third price from outside)
@iTNerd - Are you talking about the OE Real spoiler from outside at a one-third price?
If so , how much does it cost outside?
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@iTNerd - Are you talking about the OE Real spoiler from outside at a one-third price?
If so , how much does it cost outside?
yes.. even less I guess.. It is sheer madness buying accessories from Honda dealers.. the price is sensless. If you look around, you will find all these accessories outside in a fraction of the cost!

Modulo rear spoiler must be around 4K at most outside, and Type R (one that I have) should be available for around 6-10 K. Side step garnish with LED is around 3K. Fog lights (facelift) would be around 3K and many more.. just take some time out, and do some hunting, and you will find many options for lesser price
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The insurance orginally offered by the dealer was Honda Assure.
Congratulation PenPavan. Car looks great. Safe driving.

Quick Question: The Insurance which you took finally IS NOT part of Honda Assure. Correct?
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