Its here; finally

A few days back I wrote about my new car and about my feelings around the wait around it? Well finally it is here.

 

Car VW Vento

 

 

 

It has been 3 days since I have been driving this and I am already in a love-hate relationship with this car. I love the car for the reasons I bought this for and it has not disappointed me yet like

Ride Quality It is so good to ride it – the bumps are not noticeable (relatively) and when I go over 120kmph I don’t feel a thing and it is so very stable. Turns on high speeds like 80kmph are so sure shot that I dont have to think about hitting brakes.

Fuel Efficiency It is worth every penny. I got a tank full for Rs 2500 and Vento is telling me it will run almost 750 KMs that is almost double what my Verna did. Even if it does 700 or 650, that a savings on fuel cost by almost 25-50% which is worth the money spent on diesel.

 

Elegance While this is not the best looking car in its segment and when I say best looking I compare it with Verna’s dashing looks. But the car has its own elegance and i did wait for the color i.e. Paper Gray and I finally managed to get one which is so good that I am loving the same.

 

The smaller things The tiny features like one touch windows up and down for all 4, the pinch, the voice quality on the stereo, the arm rest which is so big to add to comfort, the seat adjustment that can send you deep in the car, and several other things that I love

 

Now when this is the case, there are things that I am hating until I adjust to it like

The seating comfort or not so much. I have still not adjusted to the bucket seats and it seems that their decision to make the buckets so much deep is pushing my kind of bulky frame out of the seat. I still am trying to get the right seating position between how tall/deep, how back/front loaded, how much the steering needs to be adjusted. I have just not been able to get to it just yet compared to verna where i saw naturally

 

The Diesel The engine has a kick in it, but it also has a vibration to it. The clutch vibrates as well however little it is but it does pushes me to an edge today. I know i will get over it one day but it is a buiance today

 

But, i know overall this is a good investment for next several years. and I am going to love it overall.

 

The Wait ~ now the surprise.

I had plans to get a new car for a while now and i finally made the decision early April 2013 to get one and started the hunt for the next one that I am going to love like the previous ones I have loved. This is going to be my new car – not the same color that I am going to get you should give you an idea of what I am getting in next few days.

volkswagen-vento
volkswagen-vento

 

Well, I have the paperwork done and all the money (down-payment) has been spent. But, I am still waiting for the car to be delivered. I am not sure what the wait is, but I was promised that I will get car before April 27th and here it is end of the month and I am still waiting. I had a chat with the dealer and he is now telling me that the car would be delivered on or after May 3rd and truly this is pissing me off.

 

I have been one of those impatient types – like to get things as soon as i decide what I am going to get – and this time I did try to put up a strong front and wait for the color that I wanted (there were actual two; one of them being my first preference, but the backup is good too). But, then eventually, I Was presented with an option that I can go for my second preferred color and get the car earlier, but then somehow it went into stalemate again.

 

Today, I was informed that my car is in transit and i dont know which color I am getting; for the first time I have detached myself at the very beginning with the waiting part. I still need that car quick, but I am done waiting, I will just let the dealer surprise me!!

My Life ~ How I drive

I have been driving now for over 15 years and I have been known to drive at break-neck speeds. Also, my driving style has been quoted by many as “rash”. But, since I bought my new Car in 2009, I have changed my driving style completely. Also, being in US, I have been more patient on roads and drive under the given speed limits; very careful over bumps and bad roads. I was timing myself and noticed that it now takes me 50 minutes to reach office where it used to take me 30 minutes earlier. While I loose time driving, I have started to enjoy my driving. I use this time to do lot of thinking. Many of my blog entries are conceived as I am driving down to office. 

Retrospecting on my life today, I realized that my driving is a reflection of my life. I was in the fast lane always, wanted to do everything the same day, wanted to to everything – simply rushing past my life. But, for last few months, I have changed quite a bit. I do not push as hard as I used to earlier, I do not rush into things as I used to earlier, most importantly I am thinking a lot more than I used to. And, I realize how important all this was.

Assuming that this co-relation is a true, two things that I would like to relate to my life:
1. Car fuel efficiency increases by 25% with this new driving style. I have noticed that because I have started to take things at a slower pace, I have been able to retain small tasks lot more that I have been in the past. I do not completely forget the lesser things in life and;
2. I still at times compete with others on the road and it is then when I go back to being the original Kapil thus proving myself that I have not lost my ability