Major problems with my ex-demo Honda Amaze CVT

I bought a Honda Amaze V CVT diesel demo car from the Honda showroom, but the dealer delivered an accidental car with many problems in just 10 months.

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Car bought on 2 February 2020 – Manufactured in May 2018.

Hello,

I bought a Honda Amaze V CVT diesel demo car from the Honda showroom, but the dealer delivered an accidental car with many problems in just 10 months.

The problems are:

  • Rust in more than 20 places on the car.
  • 2 holes on the back door (repaired after I complained).
  • Lot of rust on the front side door (painted on the rust after I complained).
  • Lot of rust on the boot.
  • Lot of rust under the bonnet and around the engine.
  • They gave me an extended warranty in writing but are not honouring it.
  • In just 10 months, the car AC stopped working properly. I visited the showroom 7 times but got no solution.
  • In just 10 months, the car battery was damaged. I bought a new battery after I got no response from the company.
  • I paid extra money for service manual copy.

In short, the company cheated me and I want to take action on the company.

I complained to Honda many times, but they just passed the message to the local showroom. The showroom called me and told me to visit. I visited 5 to 10 times but they did not give a proper solution.

This is what GTO had to say on the matter:

This is why I don’t recommend buying a demo car (or even an ex-media car). Demo cars are:

  • Treated like trash.
  • 10 people drive it everyday. A year old demo car is easily driven by 300 people.
  • It’s driven very, very badly. By the dealer’s drivers as well as potential car owners who think redlining is the only way to TD a car.
  • Demo cars are often used as parts cars for customer cars.
  • Their odometers can be disconnected, hence you will never know what the true mileage is.
  • Repairs are done in the cheapest manner possible.
  • Body work too is done with shortcuts. IMHO, the above car has had accident damage + has had quick patchwork.

Because of all the above points, a 10000 km run demo car is equivalent to a 50000 km run individual owner private car IMHO. Think of a demo car as the dealership’s “beater” car. Now imagine how it’s treated.

The only car treated as badly as a demo car is a self-drive rental from Zoom Car. Anyone who is open to buying a demo is probably the kind who’ll buy an ex-rental car too.

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