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Deals of the month
Quick, get that car before the Union Budget comes into effect...
Sure, the Union budget didn’t help your cause of upgrading to that new car. But dealers tell us that right now is the best time to get that bargain before the Union Budget proposals come into effect. So, we’ve done some mystery shopping for you and here are the results - the top deals on offer right now.
Maruti Suzuki Ertiga
Save up to Rs 40,000
About six months ago, even asking for a free floormat on the Ertiga would have gotten you a severe reprimand at a Maruti dealership, thanks to its long waiting period and high demand. But now, it looks like Maruti is struggling to move Ertigas out of showrooms.
The petrol version gets a cash discount of Rs 15,000 while the diesel gets Rs 20,000 off. You also get Rs 20,000 exchange bonus if you decide to get your current car exchanged at the dealership. If you push a bit harder, some dealers will also offer an additional Rs 5,000 cash discount just to sweeten the deal.
Toyota Corolla Altis
Save up to Rs 42,000
Toyota cars rarely come with a discount, so this comes out as a big deal. You can avail free first year insurance on all versions of the Altis, which means a saving of around Rs 30,000 on the top-end version of the car. You also get freebies worth Rs 12,000 at the dealership, which means a total of around Rs 42,000 off on the overall price. This is available for both diesel and petrol versions of the car.
Save up to Rs 2.5 lakh
The big Merc is available at a cash discount of Rs 1.5 lakh on the petrol versions, while the diesels (which have suddenly seen a sharp drop in demand) get a chunkier Rs 2.5 lakh off on them. Some dealers will offer an additional Rs 50,000 off or give 50 per cent off on the insurance amount. In all, the overall figure is around 5% of the car’s total on-road price, making it a sweet deal indeed.
Save up to Rs 1.5 lakh
While Audi’s Q range is still a strong seller, Audi is keen to extend its advantage over rivals in this segment and is hence offering a meaty discount. The more expensive variants of the Q5 can be yours for around Rs 1.5 lakh less than their on-road price. The base versions though, have a smaller but still useful, Rs 80,000 to Rs 90,000 off on them, depending on how much the dealer likes you.
Save up to Rs 75,000
Dealers are offering around Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000 as cash discount on all variants of the Fluence, and you also get an exchange bonus of Rs 25,000 on it. This deal is available on both petrol and diesel versions of the car, and amounts to around 5% of the car’s on-road price.
BMW 3 series
Save up to Rs 2 lakh
The petrol version of the 3 series is available for around Rs 1 lakh less, while the diesel 320d version is on offer with a Rs 2 lakh cash discount. Dealers tell us that though sales are steady, BMW is keen on moving cars out to retain its number one luxury carmaker status per month over rivals. Works for us!
(Words: Ashish Masih)