January 4th, 2014: The new year started with a bang for me . It was just another long drive in my Dzire from Bangalore towards Nagercoil (Kanyakumari Dist), the route was through Salem-Dharapuram(had some work there and hence the deviation in route) -Dindugal-Nagercoil) and as always, I was enjoying this long drive as well. I had a close friend for company till Dindugal and then it was a solo drive. Unfortunately, the drive ended abruptly 80Kms before my destination . For more details on the accident, you can refer to http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/street...d-my-life.html (Dzire Accident: How seatbelts, ABS & airbags saved my life) After discussing with few friends and family, I decided to go with the IDV pay-out from the insurance company and go for a new car/used car. Sticking to the Dzire meant I will have to spend minimum of 1L from my pocket + resale value will get affected badly + end result of the repair work was a question mark due to some major damages to the under body + Airbag needs to be replaced. Search for the next car begins with a tight budget for a decent sedan or SUV : Our original plan for the next car was to take the Dzire till 1.25-1.5L and then move up to XUV500 or the yet-to-be launched SUV from Maruti or SX4 Cross-Over. However due to a limited budget after the accident, our first plan was to look at the used car market. I was very hesitant to look in the used car market due to the fear of the unknown. I was fine with a used car if it comes from close circles or from any distinguished team-bhpians. I was looking at Dzire/SX4 ZDi , or any other well maintained Diesel sedan. But this didn’t click. So, we moved on to the next plan of looking for a new car. Requirement: Diesel Sedan (It was an easy decision because our Dzire was clocking around 2350 KMs per month) Good boot space mandatory as we do frequent long drives. ABS, Airbag(Driver + Passenger) - Mandatory Open for a 7-seater like Ertiga as well (Parents/In-laws visit us occasionally) Good FE Good build quality Good ground clearance (to escape giant speed breakers in Bangalore. We have plans for Leh/Ladhak as well) Since it was month of January, we were looking at good discount and fine with 2013 make as well We were open to look outside Maruti as well Immediate delivery - Mandatory After considering/test driving Ertiga, SX4, Linea, Fiesta Classic, XUV500, Vento, Rapid, Verna, City, Ritz, Punto, finally it was between Fiesta Classic and Linea. Fiesta Classic Vs Linea MJD Emotion The difference in price after estimation of accessories for Fiesta, came to around 50K-70K. What we get in Linea for this 50-70K difference (approx) Leather seating Excellent ground clearance Bigger tires Auto lighting Rain sensing wipers Auto up/down for driver side windows, auto down for other windows RTO-approved tinted windows including the front windscreen Classy look Climate control Blue and Me - Bluetooth and USB connectivity to mobile phones Driver hand-rest Sun screen at the rear wind screen Much better interiors Immediate delivery Final Decision: We decided to go with Linea and the only concern about the car that we considered was that this car was lying idle with the dealer for close to 9 months. However, we couldn’t find anything suspicious. The explanation given by the dealer was, this car was booked for some government office and after a long delay, they dropped the booking due to some internal issues. Through PDI was done and couldn’t find any major red-flag issues with the car. With all the above positives and after having one more discussion with Krishna(nkrishnap), KarthikK, friends, my cousin and going through multiple Linea/Punto ownership threads, we decided to take the plunge with Fiat. Ertiga would have been a very close contender if not for my wife’s -ve feedback.