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BHPians share their experience using Zekardo for PDI of new cars

We seriously need to stop being saddled with defective cars, except for minor niggles. It's high time we have lemon car laws with refund/replacement policies in India too

BHPian Torque_Cruiser recently shared this with other enthusiasts.

Zekardo provides PDI as service and I had hired them. They do a detailed check of the car as well as run some diagnostics. They charged me 2.5k. Alternatively, look up the PDI checklist of Team BHP.

Here's what BHPian dijkstraind had to say on the matter:

I availed the service of Zekardo last month, and I am satisfied with the service and the report they provided.

I live in Bangalore and bought a car from Delhi(for BH series number). My friend and Zekardo agent did PDI of the vehicle. After that, I traveled to Delhi for the car delivery.

Here's what BHPian Gotcha had to say on the matter:

"out of the 3 million plus new cars that get sold in India each year, a staggering 16% suffer from severe manufacturing defects" says the blog at Zekardo, a new car PDI inspection service. Along with putting up with increasing minor defects, as though its the norm, we'll now have to spend extra on such services too.

Example: most new cars have minor paint defects and inconsistent panel gaps now which can't be identified during a quick PDI even by someone with an eye for detail. So basically, customers are forced to double up as amateur quality control and then be liable to deal with it if something is overlooked - if a car gets registered, we're stuck with it!

We seriously need to stop being saddled with defective cars, except for minor niggles. It's high time we have lemon car laws with refund/replacement policies in India too as the Consumer Protection Act 2019 does not have specific product liability provisions for automobiles.

Here's what BHPian cos2bh had to say on the matter:

This is what Zekardo's website shows against New Car PDI Solution:

  • Go Beyond Mechanics & Checklists!
  • Get Your Car Assessed Across 3700+ Scenario Based Anomaly Detections Including
  • Can-Bus Ecosystems
  • Software & Sensor Ecosystems
  • 14 Core Mechanical Areas
  • Feature & Functionality
  • Fit N' Finish/ Accidented/ Repainted
  • Forensics For Meter Rollback/ Flood Damage & Lot Rot & More...
  • Instant Report
  • Pay After PDI
  • ₹2,500/- (incl GST)

Definitely will go with this when I have the car allotted. At this price, its worth it.

Here's what BHPian ninjatalli had to say on the matter:

Not a bad business model. Would be really good if they are offering this for used cars too. One can pay them to have the first validation check before I, as a buyer, make the efforts to figure out a mechanic / FNG / travel etc for the more detailed check. Should be worth it especially if one is buying from a different city.

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