The first car buying/owning experience is by far the most memorable event in everyone's life. And buying a Fiat only adds to this feeling. Firstly, let me introduce myself, I am Sunith an Automotive electronics Engineer by profession and a Shutterbug by hobby. My decision to buy a car was quick until which i was planning to buy a RE Thunderbird , All that changed when i underwent a surgery on my knee for a Ligament tear, Due to this i was not supposed to ride a two wheeler for long distances and traffic. So out went the dream of owning the thumper through the Window. But that only got me closer to later own a Italian beauty my Snowy II. First a little background on my decision, I joined my current organisation in 2008 out of college, and that was time my company was associated with the MJD and it still is . Back then I used to drool over the Opel Corsa and the Fiat Punto 3rd gen which we knew would get the engine. Then in 2009 FIAT launches the Grande Punto in India, I was more happy to see the car in the flesh here, it was the most beautiful looking car in India. There grew a small dream to own one some day, Little did I even imagine i would own one in 2012. Also a Fiat Premier Padmini and the Fiat 1100 were owned in the family on the Maternal side. So i guess the Love for Fiat was in the blood all the while . The buying experience: The process of choice and elimination began in June 2012, The cars that i considered were 1. Indica Vista VX 2. Polo Comfortline 3. Ritz VDI 4. Beat LT option pack 5. Grande Punto - Dynamic 6. Ford Figo Titanium i-gen I20 and Swift were not considered because both were very common and did not want to own a commonly owned car. Eliminated: Disclaimer : All views are based on a personal opinions. New Indica Vista VX : A VFM car for any new car buyer, But somehow the taxi/cab image is too hard to shake off from the Indica Badge. Reason for elimination : Small Boot Bad seats Centrally placed Instrument cluster Polo Comfortline : A good looking car, Brand image too strong here, and a descent looker too. Reason for elimination: Noisy 3 cylinder Diesel Service too costly Far less equipment list for the money payed Also an observation , Logo theft , replacement logo I heard was costly. Ritz VDI : Again a VFM Car, But the only let down was the rear design really put me off. Beat Diesel : Good looking entry level Diesel Hatch, Noisy engine, Small Boot, too long gear shift. Ford Figo : More bang for your buck car with all bells and some whistles missing(Rear power windows) . Did not like the old school design and the scary Ford service. Selected : Grande Punto 1.3 Dynamic : Loved the car for it design and equipment list. VFM car. However was not all +ve's with the GP 1.3, Firstly was really worried in the state of affairs with the TASS, then all my fears were allayed thanks to TFI and its members, the forum has all information about all things Fiat. Also when you like something a lot you tend to overlook its shortcoming. Now all must be wondering why my title says owning a GP 1.3 Emotion whereas I finalised on buying a Dynamic, The change in the decision happened after i saw CutyRed's incident (http://www.teamfiat.co.in/punto-1-3-mjd-90-hp/3770-punto-1-3mjd-emotion-pk-90-hp-9.html#post121253)and realized that I will not do any compromise on the safety department. Before I write and post the buying experience sharing some pictures of my Snowy II.