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Old 18th September 2017, 14:12   #76
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I had previously mentioned about the differential treatment i received by valet people at 2 luxury hotels when in my Nano. So now i am gonna mentioned about a positive discrimination i face in my Nano. At traffic signals, beggars normally skip my Nano! At most, they make an obligatory round and quickly move on to the next better vehicle!
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Old 18th September 2017, 15:02   #77
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From my experience, finding a good FNG and sticking to it has been a good experience so far. And I have this experience in 4 different cities that I have resided in the past 10 yrs.

My FNG used to charge me similar (quite low) fees when I went on my Bajaj Caliber bike. When I bought a new Pulsar 180 (can be considered a 'premium bike' 5 years ago), his service levels and charges remained the same. Even today, when I take my dad's Activa for a service once in 9-12 months (extremely low running and I stay away from home), he hardly takes any labour charges, treats me to a good cup of tea and the owner keeps me company while his boys work on the scooter.

I found a FNG for my 6 yr old WagonR in Hyderabad where I go for a wash once in a couple of months and a service every 6-8 months. Even he is very prompt, doesn't charge me for small works and dissuades me from unnecessary expenses/replacements. My friend take his new top end Baleno and gets the same treatment/bills.

The other advantage of sticking to a single trusted FNG is the guy knows your vehicle's history and can help with better diagnosis and won't take you for a ride. Just like a family doctor.

My two cents.
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Old 18th September 2017, 16:13   #78
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Originally Posted by ron_9191 View Post
Trust me there are mechanics who would love to see the cars they work with running like clock work. Thankfully I have one of those mechanics.
Hey Ron,

May I know who this guy is as I'm too looking for a guy who loves his job rather than just somehow do a fix. I am from Bangalore too and own a Baleno lxi, so hope you understand the scene!

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My mechanic was really crossed at the attitude of these guys and he said people like these dont deserve to drive cars cheap or expensive.
Absolutely true. It's because of such guys that the duplicates are thriving in the market. Even if the original costs marginally high, people tend to look away.
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Old 22nd September 2017, 12:19   #79
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Discrimination because you have a cheaper bike or with less cubic capacity than others.

Even riders won’t value your opinion and discrimination is shown despite you being an enthusiast, properly geared. And the best part is outride them in the corners.

Then at biking meets etc, bigger bikes and riders who own them get preferential treatment. It is everywhere, just like corruption.
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Am I the only one who loves the discrimination because I have a cheap car?

Helps that the said car is made popular by Uber and the like (Etios). People give me way more often than when I am driving one of the bigger cars.

Plus, I am not worried about Valets & road side parking in the car either, and it's perfect for when I bump into a customer.

Net net - Saves me a fair amount of time and money

But yes, no doubt that a bigger and nicer car does garner a little more respect in some parts of the city and in some establishments.
But to be honest, I don't care that much to notice.

What I have noticed though is colour, and registration number play a bigger role than the car. Our old E Class with a VVIP number got a lot more respect on the roads than the 5 series & A6; and same for the White Corolla (as I pass by the courts everyday to work, and a couple of ministers/judges seem to have a near identical white corolla as well).

Oh, and my friends hate it! They don't see why I would take the 'cheaper' cars out. Maybe if they learnt to not slam doors, and the joy of driving a manual at night with sparse traffic !
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I was reminded of this thread earlier this week during; when and where else; my daily commute

At the roundabout near Eon SEZ in Kharadi, a SUV coming in from the right zoomed across me when I was already turning left. Now, due to my ongoing commute issues, my blood is usually on the boil and it does not take long before my ears turn red, the horns protrude out of my head and steam starts spewing out of my ears

But as the SUV clumsily flashed across, I spotted a sticker on the rear door which said ARMY. It was as if a fire extinguisher emptied its contents on me or a bucket of ice water was emptied on my head.

During the remaining few minutes that I drove into the parking area, I was just wondering how differently I would have reacted if that SUV had the normal SEZ/ housing society stickers or perhaps a political party sticker or even a police sticker
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