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Chandigarh: On last day of BS-III vehicles’ sale, people rush to buy at fat discounts

With the Supreme Court banning the sale of Bharat Stage (BS-III) emission norms compliant vehicles from April 1, two-wheeler showrooms ran out of stock with dealers pushing stock through heavy discounts and free insurance.

punjab Updated: Apr 01, 2017 12:36 IST
HT Correspondent
A showroom with ‘out-of-stock’ notice in Chandigarh on Friday.
A showroom with ‘out-of-stock’ notice in Chandigarh on Friday.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

With the Supreme Court banning the sale of Bharat Stage (BS-III) emission norms compliant vehicles from April 1, two-wheeler showrooms ran out of stock with dealers pushing stock through heavy discounts and free insurance.

“We sold 73 vehicles, out of which 35 were BS-III. All stock was cleared in a day,” said Ranjay, a sales manager from Krishna Honda showroom in Industrial Area.

Scooters were sold at a discount of Rs 15,000 and bikes were sold at a discount of between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000.

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More than 450 BS-III two-wheelers of Honda were sold in two days in the tricity. “We are almost out of stock now,” said an official from Honda.

Rush outside the Honda showroom in Sector 43 Chandigarh on Friday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Sunil Kumar, territory manager, Hero FinCorp, said, “We have sold nearly 500 BS-III two wheelers in two days in the tricity. The discount on all bikes and two-wheelers was Rs 12,500 including free insurance. Few vehicles of unique colours were sold at higher discount of Rs 18,000. Also, for company employees, the discount was Rs 20,000.”

In Sector 43, Platinum Honda Showroom, nearly 50 bikes and 20 scooters of BS-III category were sold at discounted rates.

The Bajaj Auto dealership in Industrial Area was offering a discount ranging between Rs 3,000 and Rs 12,000.

Hind Bajaj dealership general manager Sundeep Kapoor said, “We had 17 BS-III bikes in stock and most have been sold. We offered Rs 5,000 discount and free insurance.”

A Tata Motors employee said, “We sold 60-65 BS-III vehicles in a day at Rs 10,000 discount. Now, we are out of stock, but inquires are still coming.”

The Royal Enfield showroom in Sector 28 displayed a board mentioning that they are not offering any discount on any vehicle. This was after it was flooded with 3,000 calls on the issue over the past two days.

PEOPLE SPEAK

“I have visited three showrooms to buy a BS-III vehicle at discounted rate, but it is out of stock,” said Deepinder Gill, from Chandigarh.

“I took half-day leave from work and waited outside the showroom for half an hour without success,” said RS Malik, a city resident.

DEALERS TO SUBMIT REPORT

The RLA will take a report on April 1 from all vehicle dealers and agencies on the sale of BS-III complaint vehicles made till March 31. This report is to be submitted to the transport secretary within a week.

BEST DISCOUNTS OFFERED

Honda

•Rs 15,000 on all scooters

•Rs 20,000 on bikes

•Rs 25,000 on big bikes like CBR

Hero MotoCorp

•Rs 12,500 plus free insurance on scooters and motorcycles like Passion, Splendor, Glamour, Xpro.

•Rs 18,000 a few bikes were sold at discount

Bajaj

•Rs 3,000 on Bajaj CT100,

•Rs 5,000 Discover

•Rs 12,000 Bajaj RS 200