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Discussion in 'Car Purchase Queries' started by pateldiddharthr, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. pateldiddharthr

    pateldiddharthr

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    A dealer is offereing me a March 2011 Linea T-jet Plus HHB at 7.3 OTR. Is it worth going for it ? what type of issues should I take care of, i refered Pre-delivery inspection sheet. It is a show room vehicle, shows 600 KM.
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  2. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Welcome to TFI.

    From what I know, all the T-Jets has been sold out and nothing is available currently. I suspect that this vehicle may be a TD vehicle. Why has it run 600 KM if this is a showroom vehicle?
  3. pateldiddharthr

    pateldiddharthr

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    Dealer says he regularly does PDI to make sure vehicle is in good condition. like ignition on, ramping engine and one round arround the dealership. Is it really a required procedure for all showroom vehicles or he is trying to fool and sell TD vehicle
  4. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Strange. What is the actual month of manufacture? Are they saying that they drive daily? It is unlikely IMO. Even if they drive once in a week around the dealership for around 5 Kms., the vehicle shouldn't (5x52) have done more than 300 Kms.
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  5. pateldiddharthr

    pateldiddharthr

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    March 2011. As per him he does PDI once in 15 days.
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  6. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

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    Very difficult to say unless it is inspected completely.
  7. Parantap Chatterjee

    Parantap Chatterjee Regolare

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    What makes this a risky deal is that the odo has already crossed 200 KM and for all you know that 600 could actually be 6000 km :) . Have you seen the vehicle in person ? What does it look like cosmetically?

    I would advise you to assume the worst case scenario and then proceed.. What if it is indeed a TD vehicle which has been abused and major component(s) are on the verge of failure , undiscoverable through inspections before booking ? Of course , parts will be covered under warranty but consider multiple visits to service centre , along with periods where the car will not be drivable.. Are you willing to undertake such a risky venture just for the driving pleasure and the pampering that the TJet offers ?

    If your answer is yes , then go ahead and get it.. that's what I had done :)

    PS - TBH , my decision wasn't as hard because my car had 90(H) KM on the odo when I first saw it , and around 140(H) on the day of the delivery..
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  8. pateldiddharthr

    pateldiddharthr

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    Thanks for the suggestion. From visual inspection vehicle looks new, but not like a very very fresh new car. I think I will hold the decision for a while, since anyway fiat has good plans in India as per yesterday's media updates, so i can go for a new car in 2013.

    Thank you all for helping me in this decision....
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  9. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

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    Yep stay away from it. Unless it's for something like 5-5.5 lacs. :p
  10. PatchyBoy

    PatchyBoy Esperto

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    Please do explain how it can be 6000 kms?

    The yard supervisor gave me an almost similar explanation when I bought my T-Jet. It was an Oct 2010 car and I bought it in Aug 2012. He told me that he gets the car driven around the stock yard, to ensure that the tyre is rolled a bit and the rubber does not deteriorate. In spite of fellow TFians warning TD car, I went ahead and bought it, as the ODO was reading 148 H.

    However, in your case, it is 600 and no H. So it could have done a maximum of 800 kms, which it too much of a distance. The one possibility is that the dealer drove the car every 15 days for 30 - 40 kms to keep it in good condition, which is unlikely. The most possible reason is - it was used for TD.

    You can go and safely buy an used car with 6000 kms on the ODO, single owner, than a 600 km TD car, reason being, almost everyone who wants a TD somehow needs to push the car to its limits. I have never understood why they need to do that, when they are seldom going to do that with their cars. My suggestion - Saty away from this car.

    Rajan

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