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Awaiting my tuscan wine fiat linea Emotion pk on april 14

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  1. Thus after the long planning and comparisons coming to an end the linea tuscan wine emotion pack is expected to be delivered to me tomorrow. I expect any suggestions from senior members while i take delivery and further on.
  2. PaddleShifter

    PaddleShifter Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    PDI and VIN decoding are the 2 most important things. I'm in hurry and will reply back after a few hours (by then I'm sure someone else will come in here as well). PDI thread has disappeared ever since the forum upgraded. I have requested mods to look into this matter.

    Good Luck.
  3. Grandeur

    Grandeur Staff Member Janitor

    Congrats and we look forward to read your buying experience as well.

    1. The most important do the PDI properly of your car.
    2. Take a note of the mileage. It should be as close to zero, what you don't want is a car with 100 or 200 Km that's been a demo vehicle to every lead-footed prospective buyer in town. Be reasonable, but raise your concern for anything greater than 50 Km.
    3. Avoid Taking delivery of your car in evening, usually Dealer try to hand over the car to customer after sun goes down that maximize the chance to over look any minor scratches on your car.
    4. Make sure the papers handed over to you has correct chassis number, registration number, model etc... (It has happened with me, I bought Emotion 1.3 but on papers I was given Dynamic Petrol).
    5. Insurance paper and the invoice details of your car should be matching.
    6. Don't forget to check tool kit.
    7. Check engine area and take a look at plastic cover, wire harness present and properly
      secured? Check all the fluids are at optimal levels level: transmission, Engine Oil, Coolant, Break oil, Power steering oil, windscreen water and battery water. And not a single sign of fluid leakage of any kind.
    8. Take a look at your car and its bodywork. Do it in an open space and under a bright daylight. Walk around the vehicle looking from as many angles as possible. Carefully sight along the sides of the car, from front to rear and vice versa, find out the ripples, dimples
      or the dings. Look for paint over-spray on door ledges or around the edges of the engine compartment that might indicate repairs. Make sure seams and door lines are straight and true. Remember, a careful inspection is critical because after the car leaves the lot, the
      dealer can reasonably claim that anybody damage was caused by you.
    9. Are the doors, hoods, trunks, deck lids, and lift gates: Do they all
      work properly? Do they seal properly? Does the fit and finish matchup between these and the rest of the bodywork? Do the locks work properly -- are they automatic, if yes. The remote is working fine?

    And most importantly, remain very friendly and decent while at the car dealership. Make some friends over there :), as you are going to visit them many times in near future.

    I hope that will help you. Have a happy time and don't forget to take along camera ans share the pictures with us as well.

  4. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

    Congratulations. Best wishes. Red carpet welcome to you and your lovely Linea, drshiraz. Linea has numerous features. Please go through the owner's handbook and familiarise yourself with the controls and features. Explore and enjoy your Linea.
  5. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

    MH 12
    Congratulations & welcome to Team FIAT India. Awaiting for great photos also.
  6. Dear Friends,
    I am extremely happy to have such an overwhelming response from you all at such a short time. Thanks for everything. I would love to keep in touch with you all. Moreover I feel that i am not stranded with fiat when you are all there for discussions and suggestions. Thanks again.
  7. @Grandeur - Thanks for your extensive suggestions. However i couldnt understand what is the plastic cover in the engine and the harness. Could u pls explain. Moreover one of the other member of team fiat royj who is my school mate has consented to accompany me while taking delivery.
  8. kedarbendre

    kedarbendre Esperto

    MH 12
    ohhh you are RoyJ is with you while taking delivery they you dont need to worry at all. You have master with you LOL...... :)
  9. @ Paddle shifter - i have not heard from you yet. Awaiting your suggestions.
  10. royj

    royj Esperto

    Shiraz, Welcome to TFI

    Find below a PDI checklist:


    1. Confirm: the date of delivery with your dealership. It is best to go there only after the car has been prepared and is ready. If you have a preference for a particular day / time (for auspicious reasons), inform the sales person.

    2. Daylight: We recommend accepting delivery in broad daylight, since the dark can conceal a lot. You may also not get good service in the evening since dealership personnel are in a hurry to wrap the day up.

    3. Documentation: Ascertain that you carry any required documentation with you. This may include forms, receipts etc.

    4. Payments: If any payment formalities are to be completed, carry along the relevant PDC’s / Cash / Credit Cards.

    5. Third Person: It’s always a good idea to take a relative / friend along for suggestions, observations and comments.

    6. Memories: Take a camera along.

    7. Music: Carry a CD / cassette if your car is equipped with a stereo.

    8. Gift: Take a token gift along for the sales guy.

    At the Showroom:

    1. Be Courteous: Don’t bully around. It’s a nice happy moment and the sales staff is as excited as you are. Treat them with respect, and you will get better service.

    2. Get a Demo - Part of the salesperson's job is to acquaint you with your new car's features and how each one operates. Ask him to demonstrate the car fully, and top to bottom, in order to understand how everything works on the vehicle.

    3. Visit the Service Department: We recommend meeting the service manager and getting familiar with the service center facilities.

    Final Inspection:

    1. Check the car again: A lot could have happened between the pre-registration inspection and today. It’s best to walk around the car and ascertain that the car is super clean! Look for any signs of repair work / damage such as paint difference, dents etc. Even the interiors should be squeaky clean.

    2. Check that all lights and electric accessories are working fine.

    3. Confirm that all the accessories you ordered are fitted on the car.

    4. Check that the spare wheel is fresh. And that all related tools (spanner, jack etc.) are present. Are there wheel locks? If so, ensure that the lug key is there in the car.

    5. Misc : Wipers, floor matting, first-aid kit & hazard sign.

    6. What is the mileage on your car? It should not be more than a 100 km (or in the whereabouts) for most brands.

    7. Ensure that there is enough fuel in the car. At least to get you to the nearest petrol pump.

    8. Somehow, most new cars are delivered with over-inflated tyres by the showroom. Check the tyre pressure and make the necessary adjustments.

    9. Tally your car's registration number on the R.C. Book, with the number plate. Dealers are known for their carelessness here. One BHPian was about to take delivery of his car with different numbers on the front & rear plates!


    Read the paperwork! Don't take anybody's word for anything. Make sure all the blanks in the contract are filled in.

    1. Invoice. (Check that the Chassis and Engine number of the car matches with the Invoice and / or Challan).

    2. Sales certificate.

    3. All payment receipts.

    4. Registration book or temporary certificate (Some States). Is your name spelt correctly? Are the car chassis / engine number matching with the actual?

    5. Insurance: Ensure that coverage is valid and active.

    6. Original PUC certificate. This is valid for one year.

    7. Owners Manual.

    8. Duplicate Keys.

    9. Original warranty with all relevant dealership stamps.

    10. Extended Warranty (If opted for).

    11. Warranty of third party items such as battery, tyres etc.

    12. Roadside assistance Contact details.

    13. Business cards of dealership and service personnel.

    VIN Decoding for FIAT

    Manufacturer: Fiat

    VIN Characters: 20 (beginning with MCA...)


    18th character represents the MONTH of Manufacture
    19th & 20th character represents the YEAR of Manufacture

    An Example:

    If your 18th VIN character is G, then it represents the Month - July
    If your 19th & 20th VIN character is NZ, then it represents the Year - 2010

    Month Codes:

    A = JAN
    B = FEB
    C = MAR
    D = APR
    E = MAY
    F = JUN
    G = JUL
    H = AUG
    J = SEP
    K = OCT
    L = NOV
    M = DEC

    Year Codes:

    MZ = 2011
    NZ = 2010
    PZ = 2009
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