A car is built in the factory using the latest technology. Then a manufacturer PDI is done and the car is transported to the dealership where it is stored until a customer arrives with his/her hard earned money, to fulfill his dream of owning a car of his/her own.
Sometimes, it is quite possible that one odd car did not get assembled perfectly that day. Another car got a dent while being transported. Dealer's mechanic mishandled the car in the stockyard while parking or the dealer does not have a test drive car for some particular model (e.g. a Linea T-JET) and hence used a new car from stockyard for Test drive.
The aim of the thread is to identify all those cars that have gone through one of the situation above and also to identify faults that need to be corrected before delivery.
A thorough PDI by the customer is a must. You are spending your hard earned money. Dealership simply can't scrap a car if it got into some unwanted situation. e.g. Here is a pic (taken from net) of a car that was damaged inside the dealership stockyard by a careless mechanic who was sort of racing inside the dealership while taking this car from one place to another. Here the dealership can't do anything except repair it and then sell it.
Note- My car was scratched at three places inside the dealership by someone at the time of delivery. Maybe thats why I am extra strict with the PDI and towards dealerships. The pre-sales experience at the dealerships of TATA is also not the best as per the feedback either.
If there are some minor issues reported at the time of PDI, it does not mean that the car should be rejected. Most things can be easily rectified. It's the potential lemons that should be refused.
Downloadable PDI Checklist - TFI - PDI Checklist.pdf