Falling in Love Again. The Story of a Czech Maiden – Skoda Yeti – Team-BHP

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Falling in Love Again. The Story of a Czech Maiden – Skoda Yeti

Falling in Love Again. The Story of a Czech Maiden – Skoda Yeti

November 1st, 2011,

When I saw you standing there

I about fell off my chair

When you moved your mouth to speak

I felt the blood go to my feet

Am sure everyone here is familiar with this Song which was once used as the Ad-Jingle for a TATA Indica. and Yes it was the same kind of feeling for me when i saw this Beautiful Maiden, wearing a Silver Outfit, with her Big beautiful Eyes in a Friends Drive Way. and Here Began a Love Story that would haunt me for the rest of my days.

am sure most of us would have been through this phase where you see a woman and her looks Never seem to get out of your head and for the Unmarried male species, they would try every trick in the book to make her yours!

and this turned out to be my Biggest weakness. everytime i saw her, my Heart Would skip a Beat and yearn for her. an Italian Beauty who had captured my Imagination had left me and i was on the Hunt for this Beauty who i was told had also a good share of Brains. This was in early November 2011.

Spoke to t-bhpian Shankar Balan, who was also eyeing this maiden and we decided to be her suitors. Spoke to the Dealer, who promised to offer a good deal. but ultimately things were not meant to be for me and shankar made his purchase from another Place, and i had to settle for a VW Vento TDI Highline which never caught my fancy

Feb, 14th 2012

It was yet another Valentines day, this time though I was no Longer single and Available in Real life, and i had taken the Vows of a Lifetime a Month Before. to love and to care, for Happy or Worse, In Good times and in bad, till death do us Part, but the thoughts of this Czech Maiden Still Haunted Me. i straight away decided to Succumb to my Temptations. Listed the VW for sale as well as called up a few Dealers. Vento having Run about 2500 KMS, was throwing up unpleasant Surprises, when dealers were asking the car for a little Below 9.50 Lakhs, thinking it to be a distress sale and also trying to take advantage of my urgency to have the Czech Maiden by my Side. as the adage Goes, patience Pays, and Finally Started Getting Good Offers, but with riders attached. in the Process, i collected a few thousands, from prospective Buyers as a token Booking advance, but they Never Turned up to clear the deal.

July 7th, 2012

had to Travel to Bangalore for a Government Meeting and Took time off to drop into Vinayak Skoda. Hemant, the GM was all set and ready to fly to an undisclosed destination for his annual Holiday, but still gave me a patient hearing and offered me an On road price of 20.02/- The rider was that this would be valid until Stocks Last and also that the Registration should be in Bangalore as a dealer couldnt sell his product in a city which was not his terittory. The catch was that even though my Extended Family has a Flat in Bangalore, the Owner is currently in the US and wouldnt be available to collect the RTO Registration Papers when they arrive at his door step. I told him that i would go in for the Czech Maiden Only after the Deal for the Vento Was Through

July 27th, 2012

Finally This was the Day i was waiting For! i hadn”t been waiting so keenly even when i got married. a Buyer had been Found for the Vento and the deal was sealed. Please do not Ask me the Price, but it was too Good to resist and on the Other side of the Magic Figure of 10 Lakhs!

I straight away drove down to TAFE- Mlore and Met the Manager, with whom i have always had a very rocky Relationship on minor issues and this time he surprised me. he Gave me an Offer that was Near the July 7th Offer of Vinayak and i was like WoW. if you were like this in November Last, i would have been with the Czech Maiden for 9 Months Now! he also said that he had a White Maiden in Stock Locally and that he could deliver it to me at the earliest. Gave him a token Booking amount and went to closely examine the maiden who was within the confines of the showroom.

again things were NOT meant to be and this time the Maiden was Angry with me, or rather hadnt been Treated well in the stock yard and while on Display

she was More like the Afghan beauty Tortured and humiliated. Listed out a few Points that caught my eyes in a breezy PDI:

1. A dent about 1 Inch in length and about 1 centimetre deep on the Left RearDoor Sill

2. a Deep Visible Scratch of About 1 Inch on the front Silver Skid Plates

3. a scratch of about 2 inchles on the front Left Alloy Wheel

4. scratches on the Recess of the door handles of all 4 doors

5. visible rust on the hinges of the Boot

6. Damage to the adhesive plastic sheet near the left rear wheel arch, some moron who had been to see the Maiden had actually tried to peel it off ?

7. tar spots and rough spots all over the body

8. dirty interiors and stained leather seats

9. a scratch of about 2 cms near the left rear door outer grab handle

10. swirl marks on the paint work all over the vehicle

11. No Nevis Wheels

Why this Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Di,

Why This Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Di.

Even though initially i haggled for a few Freebies with the Manager, better sense prevailed and at 5 am the Next Morning sent him a Mail asking him to find me a maiden either white or silver who isnt tortured and he readily agreed. before 9.45 am i had with me VIN’s of the Cars in the stock yard at Bangalore. Almost finalised on the white once again when Manager called me sounding desperate and distressed requesting me not to finalise it as it was Blocked by someone Else. Didnt want to go in for the other Colours as they are a pain to maintain in this dusty City and having owned a Black SX4, and a Chocolate Brown Alto, which required Polish every 3 Months just to make the Paint Look Brighter the Choice was between Candy White and Sparkling silver

Finalised on a Maiden who is identified with a Number: TMBMDF5L4BA701424 and spoke to the Manager that i expect a Proper PDI to be done and a blemish free Maiden to which he assured me all thats within his capacity. did a VIN Check and came to Know that she came into this world in June 2011 and gave a go ahead to the Manager to get it shipped Down.

Finance was a breeze at Saraswat Bank, where my Friend is the manager and she told me that she can to the Payout on the 31st! Since the Buyer of the Vento has to pay a small Balance Consideration which is coming through the finance / HP route, he wanted a weeks time to close the deal. If all Goes well, and he takes the Vento from me on the 2nd of August 2012, i should be taking home the Maiden on the same Day!

July 31st 2012

In view of the rumoured 0.5% increase in VAT from August 1st 2012, i had requested TAFE Mangalore to do the billing on 31st itself. Accordingly the Bank released the funds to TAFE at 3.30 p.m. by RTGS, and the Manager Confirmed the reciept of the Same. however now there was a Small Hitch. Since the Car was in his Bangalore Stock Yard, it had to be driven down to Mangalore as the Dealer didnt want to spend on Truckking or on engaging a Flat Bed Tow truck.

The Manager wanted me to Authorise them to drive down the car, to which i Placed a few Conditions that in case the came came with any Scratches, nicks, Dents which occur during the course of the Journey, then i would refuse delivery. further since the car would be 400 KMS run before delivery, it wouldnt be technically ‘Brand New’. i told him that the Basic Warranty and Extended Warranty should be extended by 400 KMS (i.e. if Normal EW is 100,000 KMS it should be made 100400). Also wanted them to give a confirmation on their letter head that the ODO reading of 400 KMS was on account of driving it down for delivery and not because the Car was used as a TD car / Sold to someone else on a Temporary Registration and returned back by him.

as a goodwill Gesture the Dealer told me that he would give a complimentary WAXOYL External Treatment and i agreed! further he would send his Most experienced driver to Bangalore and ask him to drive the car down and keep me updated on where the driver is. i told the Manager that even if he wouldnt update me, i would have no worries as its his responsibility till delivery!

1st August 2012

The Vehicle was driven down from Bangalore by the Most experienced and safest driver at Tafe Mlr and on reaching Mangalore the Manager called me to inspect the Vehicle. had an informal talk with the service Manager too, at the time of inspection. this Guy had driven the vehicle very carefully and there were no damages noticed on a cursory inspection. I had informed the Manager that the permanent registration needs to be done on 2nd August, and that the RTO DD needs to be kept ready.

I was informed that the accounts / cashier had not sent a requisition for a DD and that there was a strong possibility of registration not being done on 2nd. I told the Manager that he would have to pay Interest @ 11% on the Amount Transferred to Him, from 31st July till date of Delivery!

2nd August 2012

Got a Call from the Manager that the Vehicle would be delivered today subject to completion of RTO procedures. i had also blocked a number with the Manager, which unfortunately the joker of an RTO agent didnt confirm! to make matters worse, the bank who disburses the DD to the Dealer was working in slow Motion and it seemed as though delivery would be delayed. However the Manager managed to Push every one to their limits, had the DD express Delivered to the RTO at 3.45 and he Managed to get the Vehicle Registered.

After Inspection, the Vehicle had been handed over to the Waxoyl Guys and they did a wonderful Job of shining it up! Ultimately at 5 pm. The Vehicle was ready for delivery. Signed a few papers, feedback forms etc and was handed over the keys, amidst the clicking of pictures ( which incidentally i feel is used as a proof of Delivery) and the singing of ‘when your happy clap your hands. ‘ the Delivery was done.

Tanked up 49.49 Litres of Diesel and took the Maiden on a spin! Wow She does handle Well! Much better than the TD vehicle and atleast a 100 times better than The Vento.

Incidentally the Vento was handed over to the Buyer at 10 am today; and i was ‘car less’ for about 7 hours! i would rate this Transaction with TAFE-Mlore, at 8 on a scale of 10, with 10 being the Highest!

a Few Pics clicked on my BB are Attached!

Initital Impressions:

Delivery From Mr. Virendra Vale the CRM for TAFE Mangalore. he is all smiles that one of his toughest sales is completed! Incidentally i was just wondering if this custom of Clicking a photograph was to capture a Happy Moment in the Customers Life and I Realised that its to have a Proof of delivery!

a Few Exterior Poses

@ Elegantly she Sits on My Porch at Home

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