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Old 20th May 2010, 18:38   #1
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Default Point taken! BNW Fiat Grande Punto 1.4 Emo PK

Hi Guys,

This post is from one my friend who hasn't yet made it to the TeamBHP bandwagon. His 8th attempt was also futile to get registered was also futile, anyways, here goes:

6/5/2010, a date that will stay etched in my memory forever. This is the day I was finally united with my gorgeous car, the Fiat Grande Punto!

This might turn out to be a long post, but, I can't write it any shorter. My love with the Punto began when it was launched India last year. I was hooked on to TeamBHP and used to extensively research on Swift, UVA, etc etc. I also used to checkout posts about the Supercar sightings in India. There was a plan to change our beloved Maruti 800 Car since a couple of years. The gem served us for 11 long years. In those 11 years, we covered just 30K kms, that's how limited our use was.

Anyways, coming back to the point, I fell for the Punto the first time I saw her. Then there was GTO's extensive review and then those heart-pulling sightings of this beautiful car on road. Trust me when I say this, everytime a Punto went by I would ogle and start shouting, "Punto Punto Punto". And my friends would say, "Haa bey, marr jaayega kya ab"!

I would religiously follow every new thread about the Punto on this forum to get an idea about the vehicle. Somehow, I made up my mind that this is the car I wan, though my parents would suggest a Wagon R or a Santro. But, I wanted to make a statement, and a pretty bold one too!

Come April 2010, we had made up our mind to dispose off our M800 due to it's incessant trouble. Though it was repairable, spending another few grands on a Car that you are eventually going to sell in a couple of months didn't make any sense. We began to try to sell off this car. A few Garage owners quoted 25K as the car was a Dec '93 model, 17 years old and in 'not so good' condition. My Dad asked me, "Start looking for a new Car. How's Wagon R and Santro?". I was flabbergasted. I told him that they were good, but I wanted something bigger. There were 2 cars in my mind, an Accent or the Punto.

The Accent was rejected right there as we had parking constraints.And apart from the looks, I was not a big fan of the Car as it was outdated and it would be difficult maneuvering the long car through A'bad's senseless traffic. So, I suggested Punto. I also told him that it was a Fiat and there was a bit of disbelief on his face.

Dad: "I've never seen that car"
Me: "Well, there are a few in A'bad, but it's not a popular choice as it's Fiat"

The next couple of weeks, I tried looking for the Punto on every road we drove in Ahmedabad, but, there was no Punto in sight. (whenever you need them, they are nowhere in sight). Finally, I found one outside an auto accessory shop when we were returning from Church one day and I stopped so that Dad could just have a look around. It was a Dark gray Punto, Emotion variant. He liked it, but added "Do we need such a costly car?". And then, I explained him the history and the Pros of Punto. (Thanks to TBHP)

Finally, I got a go ahead from him. Off to Cargo Motors S.G. Highway, the only dealer of Punto in Ahmedabad. Here's where everything starts to go wrong. I had read about the lousy Fiat dealers on TBHP, bit it never occurred to me that I would be a testimony to this fact.

It's probably the first week of April when me and my friend, around 7.30 PM go over to Cargo Motors and it's already closing time. There were just a few cleaners. A Tata salesman took pity on us, explained a few things about the car and gave us the brochure and price list.

Next stop Planet Hyundai, as I was also remotely considering the i20. Hyundai was beaming with people. It looked like a shopping mall. There were more staff than customers. The moment we entered, a Sales executive attended us and promptly showed us the car, inside out. I was pleased, but I had shortlisted the Punto.

Next day, I go to Cargo at 7 PM, the Sales Manager Mr Kalpesh attended us. He explained about the prices and other details. When I spoke about the features and other technical aspects of the car, he offered us a deal. There was a Nov '09 BNW Punto at their other showroom on Ashram Road. He told us that he could work out some cash discounts and assured that the car is in Mint condition and we could check it out any time we liked. I agreed to take a look. The coming weekend, I went to their Ashram road showroom alongwith 2 of my Auto expert friends, Yash And Navneet. We checked out the Car. It was perfect, apart from the AC which was not exactly cooling. We mentioned it to him and checked the car inside out. Everything else was perfect.

A couple of weeks went into negotiating the cash discount on the car and finally we agreed upon 30K. During this time, I had a first hand experience of the lax and lousy attitude of the staff at Cargo motors. I felt as if they were buying the car from me. No follow-ups, no communication, every small detail was reminded by me. I called them up atleast 23 times and they called me up just once to confirm whether my Loan had cleared. That's the amazingly pathetic staff of Cargo motors, Ahmedabad. However, I had decided that I will not let go of this beautiful car just because of this morons. A few more PDIs and we were all set. I was accompanied the next time by one of our family friends who has a Transport business and was also previously a Mechanic at Fiat's workshop, long back. He was a great help!

Finance took some time as my my first loan was rejected by Axis bank, though they conducted verifications more voraciously than most of our Detective agencies. HDFC came as a boon. Through one of my friend, Danny, who is a DM there, I got a good deal and the loan was sanctioned within a couple of days.

A week before the deliver, we once again visited to check the Car as it was readied and brought to the main showroom on S.G. Highway. The car was ready. I took a testdrive. The glovebox was loosely fit, which I knew was a FEATURE of the 2009 Punto and I asked the Sales person, Mr Tushar to get it fixed. He argued that it is not defective, I told hm that I knew that it was a problem with the 2009 Punto, but I want it fixed. Period. Another minor issue was that the right indicator did not cut off itself when you straighten the steering. The LHS indicator worked perfect. That was also noted down.

Come 6th May, the D day. Me, Dad, Mom and Paulson (Family friend and Auto consultant) come to the showroom to get the Car. The M800 was given in exchange. We were quoted a value of 20K for the car and a 10K exchange bonus which was much more from what we were getting outside.

The paperwork began. A few signatures, and then comes the first problem. There was a document mentioning that we were aware that the car has no Temp Number and we are taking it on our risk. For anything that happens to the car before the Temp Reg arrives, the dealer and the Insures will not be liable. I refused to sign. I told them that if they knew before a week that I am taking the car today, why was the Temp number not arranged? They had no answer. I refused to sign on the document.

I then ask for Form 20. (I had decoded the chassis number from TBHP forums, but had failed to check the chassis number before.). The Sales Manager, Mr Dave told me that they did not have the Form 20 right now, it will available during registration. However, the chassis number was available on the invoice. I double checked and found that those buggers had been lying to me. It was actually a Sept 2009 car and not a Nov 2009 car. Though it was not a deal breaker as we had checked the car inside out, I fumed and gave him a piece of my mind. And the lame excuse he comes up with is 'I told that the car is Nov 09 model as it came to our showroom in Nov'. We had quite an alteration and I almost lost my mind. But wait, there was more.

Paulson goes on to inspect the car and calls me up. When I reach there, the RHS indicator problem has not been solved. Another problem, there are almost 7 hairline scratches on the RHS rear door. The delivery personnel explain that those are just dust marks and they will disappear after cleaning. We ask him to prove it and he gets some dust remover cream and some polish and they keep on rubbing the spot for some 15 minutes. No luck! Again, I gave them a piece of my mind. The Sales manager comes running and I tell him that I can't take the delivery of this Car. It has scratches, the problemofthe indicator still persists and to top of it, the front wiper are, the black fiber has some white paint spots, minute ones. Apparently, a car was being spray painted in the workshop and my car was just next to it. Luckily, they managed to get it cleaned.

They were in a hurry to get the delivery done as they never imagined that the delivery would go awry, but I took my time. A salesgirl approached me for the customary delivery pic but I refused. I asked her to bring me the Customer Feedback form first and filled it up to my heart's content (I am not sure it will make a difference though). Footmats and Mudflaps were promised to me but the mudflaps were out of stock. The Sales Manager apologized for the problems and ensured that he willo get it fixed the next time I get the car there. The AC was chilling, atleast that was done!

Hesitantly, I managed to get a delivery pic taken and we drove off at 7:15 PM from the showroom with my brand New Punto.

Till date I have always felt the urge to smile at my Car and just gawk at it's beauty. My friends call it the 'Bundo', as my mom first pronounced it with a strong Mallu accent.

It's indeed a beautiful car and I have managed to drive it below the 2500 RPM, though I always feel the urge to shoot off. The noise as the RPM needle rises is exhilarating.

I don't understand why the 2nd gear is given. It manages to do nothing.

20km/hr at 3rd and 4th gear is a boon.

The strong built cabin and the orange lit cabin at night is amazing.

Sexy alloys and fat rubbers adorn this beauty.

The rear window is very constricted. I manage to scrape the rear bumper during parking this Sunday and my heart skipped a beat.

Haven't started using the BlueMe yet.

The Stereo is strictly average and I will be upgrading the speakers soon.

Haven't kept a tab of the mileage yet as I am yet to fiddle with the different features.

Apart from this, I just adore my Car. Thanks to TeamBHP and all the other members who has given some honest reviews. Thanks to GTO, VinZ, Amogh, Khan75 and many many more. I would not have been with this beautiful car, if it was not of you guys and this amazing forums.

P.S: The TeamBHP stickers are ready to go on, but will take some time.

Till that time, here are a few pics. A lot of them coming soon as soon as I find some time. Phew.

One more P.S: My eight attempt to register also failed! :(
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Old 20th May 2010, 20:19   #2
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Default Congratulations !

Let me be the first one to do the honors ! Welcome to the Punto club.

Believe me, everytime I park mine I keep turning back and drooling over it again and again, its just that one kind of a feeling
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Old 20th May 2010, 20:25   #3
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Whatta beauty! Have a Fiatful life!!
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Old 20th May 2010, 20:29   #4
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congrats man!! from a White Punto FIAT'er to another!! treat her well bro and good luck with attempt # 9!! am sure you'll eventually make it!!
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Congrats friend of Pushkar's for the Punto. As always looks most elegant in white. Feels good that you are enjoying it after enduring all that turmoil.
I hope the mods approve your membership this time around. In the meantime enjoy scorching the Ahmedabad roads with the Punto.
Happy driving.
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Old 20th May 2010, 21:27   #6
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Congrats Bro.
BNW looks the best.
Take care of the beauty.
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Old 20th May 2010, 21:40   #7
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Congrats mate!

The problem with the second gear shall change for the better as you clock more miles. Remember that there is huge power up the rev band.
You'll need to work the revs to get this juggernaut moving fast.
2nd gear is almost dead <2.2k rpm. Above 3k rpm should see you smiling.

Congrats once again! I love it when someone buys this awesome car, especially the petrol one!
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And this is one of the best thread titles!

Point (punto) Taken!!
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Old 20th May 2010, 22:07   #9
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Congrats on your friends purchase.
Also please advice him to not to lose hope and keel trying for Membership.I got my approved the fifth time.
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Awesome stuff. Me likes the story.

is he someone I know btw?
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Congrats Sir. Thats a well documented recall of the events that happened during the purchase of the Punto.

Enjoy many more miles with the Punto
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Very good pics of a very good looking car!

Do post some more pics, especially the interiors.

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Congrats man. White Punto is a beauty to watch.
Drive safe and enjoy her.
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Congrats on your BNW Punto. Looks smashing. Cargo is not the only dealer here ASPI is there too. Near Vishala. An from what I know they are way better than Cargo.

Drive safe.
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Glad to see a 1.4 Petrol on board, goes to show that the owner loves cars.
Congratulations and wishing you good luck with the ownership experience.
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