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Old 16th June 2020, 17:54   #286
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Hi everyone,

After owning a 2007 Alto for nearly 13 years, I want to buy a new car (Hatch back only)

Budget is 08 lac and cannot be stretched. I will be retaining the Alto for my office commute and new car will be used by my father who will be retiring to native place after his superannuation.

My requirements in a new car are:

1.Safety. My Old man is a rash driver and has been involved in an accident where the car overturned.

2.Ground Clearance. I live in a hilly area where, at times, roads can be bad.

3.Power. Not too much but with a decent pulling power and carrying capacity

4.Sturdiness.The car should be rough-tough and should withstand little abuse which country life will subject it to.

So based on the aforementioned criteria, I have selected the Ford Freestyle (Titanium plus) petrol model, which has an ex showroom price of Rs.7,29,000/-, and has 06 airbags and other safety features. I will be taking a test drive tomorrow and then, will make up my mind whether to go ahead or not. Average running per month will be around 300 kms. Also, I need to buy the car urgenty and cannot postpone any further.

It's in this regard that I would like to request you gurus whether I have made a good choice or not.If there's any other car please let me know.
Also, please tell me the tricks of extracting maximum discount from the dealer.

Thanks

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So based on the aforementioned criteria, I have selected the Ford Freestyle (Titanium plus) petrol model, which has an ex showroom price of Rs.7,29,000/-, and has 06 airbags and other safety features.

It's in this regard that I would like to request you gurus whether I have made a good choice or not..
You have made the perfect choice my friend

Just one question, are you sure you want a senior citizen to use manual transmission? If yes, think no further. Freestyle is probably the best out there for this budget, specially the excellent safety (6 airbags) and ground clearance (190mm). Having driven it, the petrol engine is decently peppy as well as frugal. Ford service as well is pretty cheap now. It's a no-nonsense car which will serve you well. All the best

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It's in this regard that I would like to request you gurus whether I have made a good choice or not.If there's any other car please let me know.
Also, please tell me the tricks of extracting maximum discount from the dealer.
The Freestyle is a great option, value for money and a good combination of mechanicals and safety features. Good choice

As for extracting maximum discounts, I personally adopted a strategy where I ensured that I started the negotiations and closed the purchase in the month of March, when dealers are desperate to close books and record maximum sales for the incumbent financial year end. This ensured I got a fantastic deal and sweet freebies thrown in. Of course, this strategy may not be possible right now given that this is June. However, even the June 30 quarter end is a good time to squeeze the dealer for that sweet discount.

Negotiate hard, and make it clear that you are in no hurry to close the sale. Never show desperation to purchase, that is a sure fire way to deny yourself any negotiating foothold.

Most importantly, this is the Covid era and most dealers (especially ones like Ford) will be looking out to make as may sales as possible
and meet numbers. Great time for a buyer to be in the market, for sure.
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Thanks Saumen D and Arindambasu 13.

So, finally, went to the dealership yesterday and checked out the Freestyle. Overall, I liked the car except for the rearseat which should have been provided with some more under thigh support. Boot area,also, could have been a bit bigger.

Unfortunately, petrol version was not available for a test drive so drove a Figo instead. Regardless of Figo bashing I was happy with the overall handling and power delivery of Figo. That's perhaps because I have not driven anything other than a 800 cc. But if Figo could impress me, I don't think so Freestyle would have done otherwise given the fact that it's essentially an improved version of Figo.

The SA quoted an on-road price of INR 7,75,842/- for Titanium plus petrol, the breakup of which is as under:

Base price- 7,29,000
Essential pack (footmats)- 3318
Temp no and plates-200
Insurance- 28627 (bumper to bumper)
Fast tag-500
extended warranty for 4th and 5th year- 9999
Registration fee- 23198
Discount- 19000 (including INR 4000 corporate discount)
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Net total- 7,75,842/-

I may also mention that a PSU Insurance Co. has quoted Rs.26,800/- which includes Engine protection as well as PA for owner-driver for three years.

So based on the above facts, is there any further possibility of bringing down the on- road price of car.How and in which areas can I bargain for with the dealership??
Kindly help.

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Hello
I got VIN # for my Kia Seltos today. I tried searching all the threads and internet but looks the VIN for Kia seltos has just year of manufacturing and not month. Can someone confirm on it please.

I found below information from Kia portal -

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When decoding VIN, it is best to approach it by sections:

1. The first 3 digits are the World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI):

The first element refers to the location of production. Each country is assigned a unique character code under WMI
The second digit refers to the name of your car’s brand, and is commonly the first letter of that brand.
The third element, when combined with preceding two characters, refers to the classification of your car or production segment.


2. The next 6 elements are the “descriptors”:

The fourth through eighth elements refer to the model, type, various systems, and engine classification.
The ninth element is a security digit, used to prevent fake VINs.


3. The last 8 digits are the “identifier”:

The tenth digit refers to the car’s model year.
* B-Y each tally with the model years 1980-2000.
* 1-0 each tally with the model years 2001-2009.
* Counting returned to A in 2010, and will move along the alphabet up to 2030.
The eleventh element refers to the location of car assembly. Each manufacturer has distinctive code combination for its plants.
The twelfth through seventeenth elements contain numerals that each car is assigned while in assembly.
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You can get your own insurance but quite a few dealership service centres will decline to process cashless claims for these. That isn't as bad as it sounds, just pay upfront and claim from your insurer. Or show that quote and negotiate for any missing addons.

The other part is the mats etc - you may want to take the car off to a good accessories store and get 3d mats etc fitted rather than the cheap accessories the dealer will sell you. If so get the mat cost removed from your bill.

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I may also mention that a PSU Insurance Co. has quoted Rs.26,800/- which includes Engine protection as well as PA for owner-driver for three years.

So based on the above facts, is there any further possibility of bringing down the on- road price of car.How and in which areas can I bargain for with the dealership??
Kindly help.

Regards.
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Thank you we are planning to buy a new car by the end of this year. Your step by step analysis and the methods of choosing the right car out of the zillion choices that one has in market is really very helpful
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