Namaste to every one... I am about to own the first car in my family (in generations ). I am excited about it:steering. I am one of the software engineer's that you find oftenly at Bangalore. My younger brother's marriage is on 26th Jan, 2012 and I wanted a car before it. As a beginner as the first step, I enrolled to a driving school nearby my house at R.T Nagar. This was during September. Got some confidence at the end of training and got my DL too. However, I need to use my new car and start learning freshly. My search for hatchback cars started. Since I did not have practical experience, I browsed through many reviews of every car to understand the pros and cons. This is where TBHP and FIAT forums bring in so much information. Hats off to informational/internet age. My budget was limited to 5.5 L. Initially I preferred Petrol cars. Below are a few cars that I looked into Swift VXI - Liked it. But I did not proceed further as it was priced around 5.7L. No discounts:chair:. Strikes at Maruti were consistent and quality of products was questioned. The problem with brakes at lower models of swift was concerning too. i10 – It is a good car for city drive. My family did not like it as we would use the car for long drives as well to my hometown - Hospet (400 kms from Bangalore) Honda Brio - The car was launched at this time and I fell in love. It is an excellent car with good mileage and quality interiors. The beige interiors was upto my liking. I liked everything about this car (SMT model) and I booked it on 11th Oct at Whitefield Honda. It costs 5.26L on road and it had all the needed accessories in it. The RED color car is so eye catching. The dealer promised me to deliver the car in 45 days time. I was patiently waiting for this car. he TD car had also arrived then. After test driving, I started to like the car more and more. After a month of booking, I approached the dealer for updates. Dealer said that car cannot be delivered before November (as requested). This was due to floods at Thailand and production was almost halted due to it. They said that they can deliver the car during Feb/Mar 2012. Since the car cannot be delivered before brother's marriage, I out rightly cancelled the booking. Felt depressed that I was unwilling to start the hunt again :thumbs down I was not at all interested at other petrol cars as either were costly (Fabia, Polo, Micra) OR the mileage was poor. I cannot spend 6-7 rs per km. Then the thought of lower priced diesel cars came to my mind. One of my close friend owned Figo diesel. He was insisting me to go to Diesel car since beginning. The running cost cannot go above 3 rs per Km and one can drive it wherever and whenever you want and not worry about fuel price. The hunt for Diesel cars began Ford Figo - The same car was owned by my friend. I had liked the interiors since he owned it. He offered me to test drive it and i found it to be smooth like a petrol car. I kept the car on hold and went to check a few more. Nissan Micra - Went to Shahwar Nissan with the same Friend to check the diesel car. They have two versions of them. One starting at 7L and other at 7.5L. we test drove it and my friend was wah wah on it. I did not like the rear seats as they did not offer any thigh and head support. The interior color (light grey) was not not upto my liking. Somehow I was not keen on proceeding further. Fiat Punto - I work at an office in Manyata park. There is a new Tata-Fiat showroom opened near by Lumbini garden. I took my friend to check on punto there. Wow... Seeing the car, I fell in love. They have put the Red Emotion and White Active car on display. Exterior look is amazing. I was fond of looks of Jazz and looks of punto are as good as Jazz. We checked on the car and found it to our liking. However, Interiors did not impress me at all. Music system was making jarring noise at high volumes. The sales man took out 90 BHP car for test drive. I and my friend test drove it. We were comfortable with the pickup and noise levels. Sales man was smiling the way we drove it and he took over and demonstrated the drive. He drove it like a sports car on ring road. Hmmm... he could be the next Schumacher in India . I was convinced with the car. I then started to read reviews about Punto 1.3 75 BHP. After convincing my brother and wife, I was ready to book the same. Color was RED. I was in dilemma to decide the model (Active / Emotion). Emotion offered ABS, Demister, Rear wiper, Fog lamps, Central locking, Rear power windows, Music system with speakers. Extra cost was 90K compared to Active. After I found that Central locking can be installed by Fiat on Active, I was convinced to buy Active. I could use extra money to install the required Music system, seat covers to improve interiors. I then visited Prerana Motors on Lalbagh road and got the quotation. Sales Man by Name Mr.Sunil is interacting with me. He is cool...but slow guy . I remember him by his words.. "Aaram aagi iri saar... car sigutte" . We test drove the 1.3 75 BHP car to the get the right feel. I told him about my story with Brio and told him that I wasted lots of days and wanted the car early. He said he can can get me the car in 15-20 days. I booked the Active 1.3 MJD car on 11/11/11 . I had clearly told him that I wanted a fresh car. Costed 6.04 L (after discounts) with few free accessories:cool. Well.. the tension came down and anxiety started. At the end of Nov, I asked for the status. The car had come to their stockyard. I then inquired the VIN number of the the car. The car was of July 2011. I was not happy that FIAT has dispatched 5 month old car. God only knows how the car would have been during the past 5 months. For sure it would be lying in a open space with dust covered under hot sun. This could have led to tyres being malformed, battery going weak, Plastics and color fading etc. I then got in touch with Mr Karthik (Manager) at Prerana Motors. I asked him to get a newly made car. 1 to 3 month old car is fine with me. He refused to do so. He was saying that Fiat has stopped producing diesel cars for 2011. He also mentioned that dealer has no control to take the fresh/old cars. Well... Their answers are not convincing me... I even wrote to FIAT India by e-mail and after 2 days they responded saying "regret the inconvenience caused to you" and dealter will contact me and try the best. I have asked for a PDI of the existing car and check throughly. Will surely bargain for extra accessories. Lets see how it goes.. Will keep you all posted. Pls let me know if there is anything to be checked in specific for 5 month old car during pre registration inspection. Can someone expain me the "H" feature on the odometer. Is it that the "H" on odometer appears upon starting the car only when the car is driven less than 200 kms? Does "H" disappear after driving "200" kms OR reseting the odometer? What if odometer is disconnected and run? I listen to so many guys saying that dealers bring new punto cars for test drive by disconnecting odometer:confused1.