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Buying a car? 7 things your dealer may hide from you

September 15, 2014 14:03 IST
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When you have firmed up plans for buying a car, be extra cautious of the hidden charges which the dealer may hide from you at the time of booking.


Buying a car may be one of those few moments which you cherish lifelong. Most middle-class families book a car on auspicious occasions and even invite family and friends when they get the delivery of the car.

But, there may be instances where car buyers may have got cheated and would not even have come to know about it.

If you are looking to buy a car, it is very crucial to understand minutest detail related to the purchase.


Image: Maruti Ciaz at the Indian Auto Show. Photograph: Courtesy, Indian Autos Blog

Pre-delivery inspection

Car showrooms are packed during festive seasons. In a hurry, most of us may not be pay attention to pre-delivery inspection.

One must keep in mind to check the car in sufficient light, preferably during the day so that you don't oversea any defect.

Realty check

Car dealers may offer steep discount on an older version of the car you choose, especially in the first quarter of the financial year when dealers are desperate to clear older inventory.

Hence, do not forget to check Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which has details about the manufacturing year of the car. Also, VIN can be generally found marked in engine bay.

Do ask the dealer for ‘Form 22’ which provides minute details you would want to know about the car your are buying.

Image: Tata Zest interior. Photograph: Courtesy, Tata Motors

Do your paperwork thoroughly

Buying a car is a big decision and therefore should not be done in haste. Double check documents like VAT Invoice, registration certificate (RC) or temporary registration certificate (Form 19).

Also confirm whether your name, engine number, chassis number and vehicle number are mentioned correctly.

Ask questions pertaining to extra charges or steep calculations, if any.

Don’t forget to ask for an insurance certificate, original PUC certificate, user manual and original warranty cards for components like battery, stereo and tyres.

Generally, a lot of accessories come along with the new car, hence do not take it for granted that these ad-ons are in working condition.

Music system is one of the important accessories, so check it properly using a USB device, AUX and CD. Also check the working of features like the central lock, parking sensors and camera. 

Photograph: Courtesy, Audi

Free goodies

Other than the free car cover, there are a lot of things that can go un-noticed. Always ask the dealer to show you the engine oil and coolant level.

If the levels in them are low, it can damage your car. Make sure that you get a spare wheel which is fully functional.

Check for the tools too. Battery is very important and make sure it is in good condition. Also ask for the warranty card.

Once again make sure that you get all these accessories.

Hidden charges

Scrutinise your bills and make sure that everything matches.

There are always some incremental charges that may spoil your mood. For getting clarity on it, do visit the RTO (regional transport office) website to understand the calculation of the taxes and insurance premium.

Remember that handling charges are not valid. 

Image: BMW X3 interior. Photograph: Courtesy, BMW

A picture says a thousand words. Always remember to capture the moments when you first buy your car.

It will also help you keep a record that in what condition you purchased your car.

If some fault appears and dealer denies anything, the same will only make your claim stronger. 

Image: Datsun Go Photograph: Courtesy, Nissan

Hence, one should always keep this ready reckoner in mind while purchasing a car. It will not only save time, but will also help you strike the best deal!

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