Sunday, October 15, 2006

Next generation automotive technology!

Today I went with my Dad to the car showroom to close his car loan. The showroom manager ushered us into his plush office and was very courteous. This is the conversation that took place after the pleasantries.

Dad: I am amazed at the technology used in this car!!!
Manager (pleased): Thank you Sir! This particular model has some high end features and you were very wise to go for it.
Dad: No, what I was trying to say is that this car never gave me any problem till the day before yesterday, but yesterday after I paid the last EMI cheque the car started rattling and shaking and showing its true colors. Amazing technology! How do you people do it? Hats off!

41 comments:

Pratish Menon said...

Hehe, which car is it anyway?

(sorry abt deleting the prev. comment; hate this beta thingie)

silverine said...

Hey prats, thanks for the comment, about the make of the car ...it's from the Toyota stable :p

Fleiger said...

Yes, they have some embedded "bugs" which start "crawling" when enabled... Enabling bugs is done automatically when the last payment is entered in database ;)

b v n said...

Ha...the timing and sarcasm :)...make him a co-authour here...or is he already *is this silverine ? :))*

How do we know said...

Amazing!! Which car was this?? Please, you will be nice enough to warn us!! ?

silverine said...

fleiger: It's as if the car had a feature that kept it's troubles hidden till the last payment :))

bvn: Since I carry the genes you could call him co-author !!! :p

how do we know: It's one of the latest offering from Toyota ;)

Fleiger said...

Of course, the car manufacturers, being the noble souls do not advertise all the features they provide us ;)

Asterix said...

You are scaring me!! This month, I too paid the last EMI on my car. Tell me, what kind of "high technology" did your dad's car display?

flaashgordon said...

The pbm is not with the car- you folks should have taken the longest EMI option possible - its when people get over-enthusiastic and try to pay off the EMI too soon that such things happen. For eg: I'm still paying the EMIs for the bicycle i bought in Seventh standard- and still nothing is wrong with it !

And well, dont say Toyota didnt warn you. Didnt they make Aamir Khan tell you "I just have to keep moving ahead" (Job hoppers took it as a message for them but thats not what he meant)..So ask your dad to get a louder car stereo and a few Heavy metal cds .You wont hear the rattles anymore .And...."just keep moving ahead"

PS: Here in Gurgaon, the BPOs have moved from Qualises to tht car of yours..So mebbe you can be "innovative" and sell it over here..

cheers
flaash

Alexis said...

There are different features for last EMI, missed EMI and so on. Very intelligent and techno savvy manufacturers. I bet it is Innova :-)

Alexis said...

Sorry flash, I didn't see your comments. You too deduced the car :-)

LI said...

ROFL. May be you should suggest your dada that he should also start writing a blog like this :)

Lazith Aziz said...

giggle :-/

sounds like a sreenivasan movie dialogue!...

and what did the manager dude say to this?

Jiby said...

wow...this thing just happened to my dad's car too...right after the 2 free services from the dealer got over!

maybe all that those sophisticated chips they say that monitor the car does is, nasty stuff like that!!!

i am wondering after reading this what strategy he might have used to get it fixed for free too...maybe i shud offer him this new techno- kaliyaakal from ur dad!!!

Mind Curry said...

there was a research underway in south korea to prove the hypothesis that humor is genetic..

shortly after this post was released at 22:09 hours Oct 15, 2006, they stopped further research and are now focussing their resources to trace the humor gene.

Hiren said...

Flatter to decieve but thats how most indian products are.

neermathalam said...

actuallly speaking...
television sets...going phussh...
after the warrnat period is over..
mobiles..stop responding after a fall...the next day its warrnaty is over...
as cars rarely come..w a warranty...
they have kept..it as the last EMI..
go and read the fine print.....think think how many brochures u have designed like that..
oohh...ohh...dont keep double standards...(I ran...now a days..I don take beatings even if its frm a girl.. he he..)

n said...

You're dad is more techno savvy that we ever realized girl. Hats off to him! How are you're brothers...I've not read anything about their errrr mismeandors off late.

If I tell ya, I'll have to kill ya said...

You're dad is more techno savvy that we ever realized girl. Hats off to him! How are you're brothers...I've not read anything about their errrr mismeandors off late.

PS: I hate blogger beta...Do you know it took 4 tries + 1 wrong try to get this comment in correctly.

Dev said...

Heee heee.... it's a universal phenomenon.

Psst... I got the inside story. Didja know what the basis for car manufacturing is? Murphy's law! For a lot of other things too... but particularly for cars. Toyota takes their laws seriously you know.

Brijesh said...

I had some same experience. I signed a 1 year contract for my cell phone. I thought I will use the same phone after my contract gets over. but it died in the 13 month. so many of my friends have the same experience.

Lalit Singh said...

hehehehe
poor manager... the look on his face would have been priceless

Safari Al said...

Natraja service. Sastha aur tikaav

silverine said...

fleiger: How noble indeed!! ;)

asterix: Very high technology..one that hides the flaws of the car till the last payment is recieved successfully :))

flaash: LOL
I am taking your advice very seriously!!! And you guessed wrong.

Alexis: Guess they have high tech for collecting arrears too :)

Lijo: I wish :)

Lazith: He blushed with embarassmnet and then started laughing :p

Jiby: lol these people are so thick skinned that techno kaliyaakal may not work :p

mind curry: I hope they are looking in Kerala ;)

Hiren: A sad fact that keeps industry wheels churning I guess!

neermathalam: I design the brochure..the fine print is done by a different set of people altogether ;)

If I tell Ya gal: Brother has been behaving himself lately :p

Dev: LOL that was a good one!!

brijesh: I don't know how they do it!!! :)

Lalit: It was, I wish I had a camera :))

safari al: Sadly this was neither sastha nor tikav :)

Ganesh Ranganathan said...

Is your car the innova???

I heard that it's quite a good car, did I hear wrong?

amu (amrita) said...

lol! good sense of humour....obviously your dad.
Nice , short and sweet post...it made me laugh tht's more important.

alex said...

'asymmetrical information'

LOL.....

Didnt know 'lemons' existed in the first hand market too... :)

Praveen said...

maybe thats what the manager meant by high end features, it will last till the EMIs with high end interst rates are paid off :)

G said...

hehe ... will tell you about my car, its technology and why I never paid an EMI for it one day! Maybe it'll be on my blog one of these days!

brute said...

ROTFL/.... truly hilarious incident :))

Biju said...

Hi Silverine, I'm back after a loooon g time. Thats technology capped with AI probably ;-)

Eclipsed Thoughts said...

Where do u get such flashes of genius humor????

hmmm... wonder what good tech was that... who understood that last payment has been done!!! woohaa

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Pssstttt :

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btw , u still have the car ?

indianboy said...

may be artificial intelligence?.....ha.haaaaaaaaa

hope and love said...

lol..!!
like father like daughter..
:))

silverine said...

Ganesh: it is not the Innova, it is the Camry :)

amu: Thanks :)

Alex: Oh yes they do !! :p

Praveen: Next time we get a glossary of all the terms used while selling the car :))

G: I am awaiting that now!!

Brute: Thanks dear :)

Biju: Nice to see ya. I think this would be the Height Of Technology surely :)

eclipsed thoughts: Some technology huh? :)

Deepa; Mums the word I am not telling anybody :p

indianboy: That could be one reason :)

HnL: Now where have I heard that before? hmmm LOL

KD said...

:)) Now I know wheer you got the funny bone from..

Lazith Aziz said...

came here when i got bored!

so wishing everyone a happy n safe diwali!

hope and love said...

your mom..?!
:))

silverine said...

kd: :)

Lazith: Happy Diwali to you too, play safe ;)

HnL: lol yes!! And others too :)

Fleiger said...

Tagged, you are... Check my blog, you should...

Happy Diwali, have an "enlightning" time ;)