How does a dimunitive, boxy little 4-wheeler capture the imagination of an entire nation? So much so that it can unflinchingly stake claim to the title of being almost every Indian's first car (including a certain Sachin Tendulkar's!).
For me, one of the more interesting aspects of the car-buying process has surprisingly been the series of exchanges I've had with representatives of various banks and similar other hungry-for-your-money financial insititutions. Initially something that I was rather wary about, you start enjoying yourself when you realise, that with just a little patience and some good acting, you can swing the deal just the way you want it. And it gets even better when you have multiple options to choose from. Competition is cut-throat, the undercutting is fierce, company loyalty is a sham and in most cases, the customer does end up having the last word . In short, it's everything you would want from a car loan.
But it's also vital that you keep a cool, clear head when you're negotiating a car finance deal and here, therefore, are some tips to help you get the best (or close to that, atleast) deal on your shiny new set of wheels.
After about 7 intense but completely enjoyable months of reading tons of printed matter, sifting through a gazillion webpages, looking at loads of pictures, talking to all the right people, thinking, rethinking, reading through all that stuff again, dreaming, daydreaming, checking, double-checking, test driving and lest I forget, blogging, I finally made a decision a few days ago and acted on it today.
I'm just back from having signed the dotted line and spilling some hard-earned greenbacks as an advance on a Hyundai Getz GLS in EbonyBlack. All things going well, I should have the new car by Thursday, the 2nd of December.
The next 8 days are going to crawl by inexplicably slowly. I know it, I just know it... =)
I've always dug the way the US state Departments of Motor Vehicles allow car owners to get personalised licence plates. A far cry from the stodgy old system that's followed closer home. The best that you can do is choose a number or a combination of numbers, or for the more numerologically inclined, get a set of numbers that when added up, result in a number that your family astrologer (or is it numerologist?) says will prevent a north-flying woodpigeon from taking a sh!t 2 inches above and to the left of your right eyebrow on the third Friday of every month that has an 'm' in its name. And most of the times, all of this comes at a hefty price.
Well, there is always the Internet. So for those of you who think you've always wanted to add that personal touch to your licence plate, knock yourselves out.