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Car PDI Checklist. Pre Delivery Car Booking, Inspection, Documents Checklist

Car PDI Checklist. Pre Delivery Car Booking, Inspection, Documents Checklist

New Car Pre Delivery Inspection Checklist. PDI Checklist before making Booking to taking Delivery of New Vehicle from Dealer Showroom in Documents, Road Tax

 

Pre Delivery Inspection Checklist

Buying a new car is considered an occasion of joy and prosperity. Its important to do Pre Delivery Inspection of Vehicle so as to not end up spoiling the entire mood post delivery of the vehicle.

Do note that today High Security Plates are mandatory to be affixed before delivery of new car in most of the cities. So, if the vehicle papers are sent for registration by dealer and a number plate is allotted, in most likely scenario - you will not be able to change the color or variant at time of delivery - leave aside changing the vehicle post delivery.

Below are key points :-

- Billing :- Ensure that you have sales contract copy with you at time of delivery. A Sales contract defines the vehicle make, body color, variant and pricing details with break up and discounts.. Its a proof of the undertaking of dealer to deliver car basis details of Make, Model and Prices mentioned

Never accept any rough estimate at time of making booking. Ensure to have proper sales contract (Sales contract is different from Proforma) and make payments in accordance to it. See that the Final Invoice is in accordance to the Sales Contract. An under-invoicing is a popular way of dealers to save taxes and accounts for black money. Ensure that whatever you pay for the car is mentioned in the Invoice

Dealer may hand you over separate receipts for amount paid for Registration, Road Tax and Insurance which is perfectly alright. Refer Details on - Important Tips before Making Car Booking

 

- Decoding Manufacturing Month, Year :- Its important to get a New Car - which is less than 3 month Old for potentially avoiding any cause or issue. You can easily decode in Manufacturing Month, Year of Car through its VIN Chassis number.

Know more:- Decode VIN Chassis

 

- Inspecting the Car :- We recommend that you always hold a part payment of 20% - 25% at time of delivery and hand it over only post inspection of car at showroom or workshop

Inspecting the car :-

- Always try to inspect the car in day light or areas with plenty of sun light so as to have clear view of vehicle from inside and outside.

- Inspect the car minutely from exteriors from both front, rear and sides - check paint should be uniform and free from any of the scratches.

- Also, see the Interiors - there should not be any kind of dirt and be clean. The Speed o meter should not be more than 50 Kms - as the stockyard is mostly within these limits across all dealers

- Check all spare parts including spare tyre, tool kit, floor mats, mud guards and any accessories been installed along with Owner Manual

- Ask Sales Personnel to give you a brief demo. Check all lights, indicators, horn, steering, start the Engine - should be working easily. Have your friend or family member to be outside when you checking lights

 

-  Road Tax and Registration Charge Detail

For Registering a Vehicle - Owner is required to pay applicable Road Tax and Registration Charge

However - the Column of Road Tax and RTO Charges generally constitutes a single cumulative amount and in hindsight, shockingly we have found that in some of the dealerships - the amount was higher than the actual Taxes as prescribed in the State.

To help is important to know the break up of what constitutes Road Tax and Registration Charges

Mandatory Taxes

» RTO Road Tax as applicable for Vehicle registration within State. This varies from State to State, Price, Fuel Type, Vehicle Owner as Individual or Company.

» Vehicle Registration Charges: This is now fixed at Rs 600 in PAN India and include Registration Number allocation and Smart Card Issuance

» Car Number Plate: Generally in between Rs 240 to Rs 400

» Municipality: Some States have Parking Fees (like MCD Fee in Delhi) or Municipality Charges (in Gujarat) or Infrastructure Cess (in Goa) as applicable at time of Buying new Car. Again varies from State to State.

You have every Right to Ask Dealer the Tax Slab Rate and Municipality Fees as prescribed by the State Government

 

Dubious Charges

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» Car Hypothecation Charge: This is fixed at Rs 1500 by Government PAN India now. However, this only needs to be paid only if the vehicle is bought on loan Hypothecation. In case of Buying Car on Cash - this amount need not required to be paid. 

You may find this HP Charge as part of Dealer RTO Charges and Road Tax. 

» Brokerage Charges: Absolutely no brokerage charges needs to be paid. In most of the states - RTO to streamline process has asked Dealers to complete registration and collect Road Tax Payment, but for same there is no Brokerage Charge and any one asking for same, should not be entertained in any way

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» Dealer Handling Facilitation Charges: This is already been stopped in Many Cities and even Manufacturers has also directed dealers to not to collect this Dubious Handling Charge. Refer the attached Circulars

 

Documentation : Its important to check documentation at time of delivery to avoid any post delivery follow-ups with dealer

- Proper Invoice of Car with all payment Receipts. Ensure to collect Insurance copy before driving the car

- Ensure that Engine, Chassis number and Vehicle Model should be same Invoice, Insurance and Warranty books.... We have seen some instances where the Engine Number and Chassis Number were not matching on Insurance and Invoice and later on endorsement is required.

- Warranty Papers, Road Side Assistance Toll Free Number and Details

- Duplicate Keys and Owner Manual

- Dates and Validity of Warranty, Insurance should be correct

- Vehicle Registration Related Papers (if on Temporary or Self Registration)

- Last but not the least - do take photographs of car from all 4 sides... May be you never know, it can be of use in a future date.

 

Download One Pager Car Pre Delivery Checklist - Will come in handy at time of delivery. Click Here to Download

Read - Important Tips from Booking to New Car Delivery. Click Here for New Car Buying Tips

All the Best... Happy Motoring !!!

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Comments 4

Guest - Ankur Sharma on Saturday, 24 June 2017 02:37

But who can we complain to in case the dealer is charging "handling/logistics charges"?

But who can we complain to in case the dealer is charging "handling/logistics charges"?
Guest - schultzybeckett on Friday, 25 September 2015 11:50

Good tips about the pre buying car inspection which is of vital importance as you just want to ensure that you get the ideal vehicle for you which is totally compatible with you. Must summon an expert mechanic for this task who can actually can foresee and visualize this for you as a layman might just miss out on minute details which might just be critical.

Good tips about the pre buying car inspection which is of vital importance as you just want to ensure that you get the ideal vehicle for you which is totally compatible with you. Must summon an expert mechanic for this task who can actually can foresee and visualize this for you as a layman might just miss out on minute details which might just be critical.
Guest - James on Friday, 07 November 2014 11:57

I read your all the tips and found it very interesting for new car buyers. Thanks for sharing.

I read your all the tips and found it very interesting for new car buyers. Thanks for sharing.
Guest - satya on Monday, 02 September 2013 14:52

very effective suggestion for a new car buyer.

very effective suggestion for a new car buyer.
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