(Warning: Incredibly long blog entry coming up!)
It all started off as an inkling of a thought all the way at the back of our heads when my dad lent his Maruti800 to us for 3 months. I discovered that I could actually drive it. Soon the luxury of 4 wheels sank in and 2 wheels (aka my Kinetic Honda) started gathering dust and risked becoming obsolete. Could we actually buy a new car? The research and calculations started. Unfortunately car companies seem to be producing more new cars everyday! We started off with a Santro in mind and naturally the i10 appealed more – almost clinched it for us once the i10 kappa range rolled out. Er… how about the Getz (C and A had one and it was great!). Wait a minute – the Swift costs the same as a Getz! Hmm… a Ford Fusion is just a little more… maybe a SX4. Maybe we can accommodate a Honda CRV. Hey – isn’t Audi launching the Jetta soon?!
Yup – we were ambitious. But for practical purposes everything beyond the Getz and Swift was only worth dreaming about (but I don’t wanna delete those dreams from my blog as yet!)
The Hyundai i10 seemed a winner – we simply had to decide between the red and the blue i10. We actually paused right in the middle of the road once to ogle at a red i10 parked at the side. The decision seemed to have been made.
Since the Chevrolet Spark was an option (although it was a ‘small’ hatchback), I called up my friend Ajay who owns a Chevrolet showroom. He introduced us to three letters – UVA. The Chevrolet Aveo UVA was more expensive than the i10 and also more spacious – slightly cheaper than the Getz and the Swift.
So now the recalculations and the rethinking began. Looking at our Bank balance I gave up all my dreaming and started cleaning up my Kinetic Honda again.
with less than a month to go before we returned the Maruti800 to my dad I pulled out my bank account balances and my calculator again. Somehow it seemed possible!
The 3 letters (alphanumeric) “i10” in my mind were replaced by three others – “UVA” as I felt it was more unique, more spacious and also that Ajay could give us a better deal. Convincing Becky about anything other than a i10 was the next thing.
Finally we drove 15 kilometers to the Chevy showroom. When Becky saw the UVA her jaw dropped! The ‘wow’ expression on her face meant the world to me and even before I got behind the wheel of the test vehicle both of us felt a peace and joy that only increased after the 4 kilometer drive I took!
I also drove the Spark just for the kick of it.
The next week saw me cruise around town in a Swift and a brand new Hyundai i10 – but they were just formalities. The “UVA” had smitten us big time!
Now the money part. Haggling with the banks about loan rates was new to me but I successfully inked a good loan deal with HDFC bank.
The next part was putting all the money I had in my HDFC bank account – SBI gave us some heart arrhythmias but to cut a long, tense story short it was done!
Finally the big question – could we actually get the loan approved and the car delivered (after registration) in 5 days flat so we could take it to Chennai?
I was pretty sure that the same God who produced the possibility of actually owning a car from thin air could do this for us.
Monday – The loan papers were submitted. Ajay reserved The UVA 1.2LS in Beckys favorite color, Icy Blue, even though another buyer wanted to buy it straight away!
Tuesday – The loan was approved. The check would be ready tomorrow.
Wednesday – The Check was ready and would be sent to the Car Dealers. Ajay and the Chevy guys prepped the car for us – fixing the music system, fog lights and basic accessories.
Thursday – Hiccup! The cash for registration of the car was to be paid directly. Ajay sent Napolean zooming across to our house and we gave him the cash, but it was too late – the RTO was closed. Thank God we had friday as a buffer!
Friday – Everything was ready! Ajay agreed to take cheques and that saved us the trouble of carrying cash around.
It was a happy day! Everything went smoothly and the payments were done. The car (Our Car!) looked even better than when we first saw it. I did a check of everything in the car and after a word of prayer I started the engine and we drove out – in our very own Chevrolet Aveo U-VA 1.2LS. It was a dream! We even managed to get the license plates fixed and make a trip to Pastor’s house to have a word of prayer.
And did I tell you about the dinner miracle? Busy between a few patients I had to see, the license plates and packing for our Chennai trip, dinner seemed like a far cry! At 9.30 we went to pastor Paul Moses house to have a “short time of prayer” for the car. And guess what? As soon as we entered his father guided us to the dining table – a church member had given them loads of Biriyani as it was his birthday and there was plenty for us! I almost cried at how much God loves Becky and me!!
Tired we returned home and showed off the car to the other who were bowled over especially by the space and the awesome color (Beckys choice!)
It was incredible! The feeling of owning your own car when the only things you have ever driven till a few months ago was a BSA Street Cat and a Kinetic Honda! Tomorrow I take my maiden highway trip – to Chennai. I wonder what I will dream of when I close my eyes tonight!
Incredible ambitious: Last year when Ajay told us about the Spark being sold for a discount, I laughed at him. Today I bought a bigger car from the same guy!!
Incredibly Spacious: The Chevrolet Aveo U-VA 1.2LS. Our very own set of wheels!
Incredibly “God”ious: The best part! God simply guided us through it all – the incredibly tough decision of choosing a car was delightfully simple and the incredibly difficult task of arranging the finances and loan was a breeze! The incredibly complicated exercise of getting a new car delivered was made easy – thanks to a godsent person called Ajay!