Wash is a part of your car’s service, not THE service

If you’re an auto enthusiast your Whatsapp must have been flooded with the news of a Maruti Suzuki workshop getting only a wash and nothing else, when sent for its free service. Team BHP user ROG_AK recently gave his Baleno RS to Mandovi Motors for its second free service. In the evening, ROG_AK got the vehicle dropped off at his address. Luckily for ROG_AK (or unluckily for Mandovi), he had a dashcam installed on his vehicle. On inspecting the footage captured by the dashcam, he was shocked to find that nothing had been done to his car apart from a regular wash. The user has uploaded the video on YouTube which has garnered almost 2 lakhs views since. He has also shared a detailed account of the turn of events in the video.

Here is what ROG_AK had to share about the incident,

After watching the video I went back the next day and confronted the service manager (the person you see talking on the phone in the beginning of the video) and showed him the video. He reacted in a very sympathetic way and told me that these kind of things don’t usually happen and it is their responsibility to check everything etc etc and he will take action on the people concerned. I told him that I am sure you guys do this for all first and second service vehicles because nothing really happens in those services anyway and the customer would not know. The attitude of the manager was very humble and understanding (might have been an act). I told him that I was taking the car for a long trip next week and what if something had happened and if that something could have been found and fixed at the service. He apologized repeatedly after which he conducted the service and did what they were supposed to do in the first place.

This is quite a common occurrence across multiple authorized service stations pan India & this is also not the first time that such an incident has happened. However, with substantial evidence this proves that fleecing happens at many levels in authorized workshops. As a car / bike owner, you would not want to see such treatment being meted out to your vehicle. This is where multi-brand garages & FNGs (friendly neighbourhood garages) come into play. When you service your vehicle at a multi-brand garage, they try to give out the best customer experience and pay more attention to your vehicle.

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Authorized Service Stations

This is predominantly due to the comparatively lower volume of customers that they tend to. There is a stark contrast to authorized garages which are flooded with vehicles at any point in time.

As a vehicle owner, you would seek some reference when you visit a multi-brand garage, some sort of assurance or account of others’ experience. GoBumpr is the right place to search, if you are looking for quality service. With a wide network of multi-brand garages in Chennai, Bangalore & Hyderabad, you can rest assured that you will be connected with a top-notch garage in your vicinity. With advantages like real-time tracking, live photo updates & digitized workshop management, you can service your vehicle with complete peace of mind! To learn more about how we can help you out, reach out to us at 9003251754. Alternatively, you can shoot out an email to support@gobumpr.com. Happy motoring!

How To Tackle Helmet Hair

Good hair day is always gonna bright up a girl’s mood!

We are never gonna compromise on our hairstyle, safety and a beautiful day without sweat and the only thing that could bring us a huge challenge while achieving all of these is a HELMET!

Yes! No matter which part of the world we live in, there’s always gonna be sweat when we put that helmet on and our hair gets worse after the ride. And the sweaty hair which can increase the bacteria number – a perfect recipe for dandruff and hair loss!!

It’s gonna be okay if we are heading back home but what if we are going out? One of the girl’s worst nightmares is having a just woke up hairstyle before going to shopping/college/workplace or even a hangout.

Make sure you follow some checkpoints before you start your day with a ride to make it a beautiful one.

Hair Care

Wet hair + sweat is the worst combination ever. So plan and start your day to make it a happier one till the end. Condition your hair properly so that it won’t get frizzy when you hit the roads.

Choosing a Helmet

Choose a helmet which is washable and has small air ducts inside the cushions. It will help to keep up the air flow and also can be washed as it gets dried easily. Get a helmet liner to prevent bacteria from sweat entering the helmet.

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Hair style

A good hairstyle can be spoiled in seconds with a helmet on! So choose a helmet friendly hairstyle.

For girls who get more sweat, use an appropriate hair style like braids, Boho head wrap, scarf or even a handkerchief to tuck up your hair before you put your helmet on.

Minimal Accessories

Go minimal with your hair and ear accessories. Just carry the heavy ear rings or those cute hair clips with you and put them on after the ride.

Always maintain a comb, a face wash and a cream with SPF in a small pouch, these will keep you going. Later, find some space where you can get ready in minutes for an important day after the ride.

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Don’t forget to embrace your messy hair after you pull back that helmet, the ride is always worth it!

Your hair is your crowning glory…own it…love it…Enjoy it!

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But, what about the days when you just cannot wear a helmet cos’ you gotta keep up that good hairstyle (which is impossible with a helmet)… Like the day you decided to go to an awesome party? Well, ditch the bike & take a cab. Happy motoring!

All India Automobile Workshops Association – AIAWA

In the auto repair industry, there is a large institutional vacuum with no single voice to represent the large group of multi-brand garages. This projects a disproportionate economic value to the country. The All India Automobile Workshops Association – AIAWA is the first of it’s kind in India. Aimed at unifying workshop owners across the nation, the AIAWA is creating a stir in previously uncharted territory. Taking inspirational cues from the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), the AIAWA hopes to bridge the gap between workshop owners from different fraternities and bring all multi-brand workshops under a single roof.

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With the automobile industry booming in India, the servicing sector will witness growth as a consequence. Currently a Rs.20,000 crore industry in India, it estimated that the industry will have an annual turnover of Rs.33,000 crore by 2020. According to a report by Business Standard, unorganized multi-brand garages account for only 1% of the total servicing in the country. In the multi-brand sector, the need to eliminate price disparity and establish a standard of quality is the need of the hour. Even with such teething issues, this sector has managed to service a sizeable proportion of the vehicles in the market.

The AIAWA believes that the key to survival & development for any garage is maintaining a long-standing relationship with its vendors, customers, employees and the community through adoption of stringent quality control principles.

AIAWA recently conducted two meets – one in Chennai & a national-level meet in Bangalore. GoBumpr was proud to sponsor & be a part of the first ever meeting of the AIAWA in Chennai. As  a strong technology enabler & digital partner for the AIAWA community, GoBumpr is empowering garages to be future-ready through the introduction of digital workshop management & mobile technology in garages. Through the introduction of the mobile CRM Axle, GoBumpr is revolutionizing the way garages interact with the customers. With a host of features such as service reminders, promotional messaging & real-time tracking, Axle is the perfect companion for garages gearing up for the future. The Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India were also present  at the AIAWA meet in Benglauru, identified that the AIAWA would have to mature from a charter body into a single large institution to represent the multi-brand garages at supplier bodies, central ministries, banking institutions and OEMs. In an age where there is an omnipresence of smartphones & tech savvy customers, going digital is the only solution. The ACMA President in his speech acknowledged GoBumpr as a positive disruption in the auto repair industry that could facilitate the transition to a technology based solution for garages.

Significant Contributor Award - AIAWA

GoBumpr thanks the AIAWA & its members for the wonderful response meted out to our presentations on the future of workshop management at both the meets and also for presenting us with the “Significant Contributor” award at the meet held in Chennai. It was wonderful interacting with all the workshop owners. GoBumpr is keen to empower the workshop community with state-of-art technology and digitize the automobile after-market industry in India..

 

No Insurance Renewal for Vehicles without PUC

NO ‘POLLUTION UNDER CONTROL’ CERTIFICATE? FORGET YOUR INSURANCE!

All automobile owners, please take note! The time has come when we are to take responsibility to protect our environment, whether by our choice or not. An important Court directive has been passed today.

In what has turned out to be a landmark direction with respect to environmental standards, The Supreme Court has laid down a crucial condition for vehicle owners who want to avail their regular annual insurance. Henceforth, all vehicle owners who fail to obtain the valid Pollution Under Control (PUC) Certificate from the appropriate authority will not be eligible whatsoever for availing their annual insurance. Only upon producing the PUC Certificate will they be considered for annual insurance.

ABOUT THE DIRECTIVE

After years of raising public awareness for this cause, the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority had recommended the linkage of the PUC with vehicle owner’s insurance procurement. A Bench of Justices accepted the recommendation and has passed this direction with immediate effect.

The Union Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways has accepted the decision and ensured that the necessary steps to educate owners for obtaining PUC will be taken as soon as possible.

Pollution in India

This decision has been taken also keeping in mind that hardly 20% of vehicle owners today approach Testing Centers to ensure their vehicle emission is under control. Now, with this compulsion, the Court and the authorities hope to ensure that emission is under control & vehicle owners get a sense of moral obligation as well.

ABOUT POLLUTION UNDER CONTROL (PUC) CERTIFICATE

While purchasing your new vehicle, a PUC certificate is issued, the validity of which is generally 1 year. After one year, your car will need to undergo the PUC test at periodic intervals and subsequently a new certificate will be issued to you each time. The validity of this new PUC certificate is usually six months. If in case an adverse reading is obtained in your PUC test, validity of your certificate will be decided on the basis of your current reading.

Pollution Control Testing

The cost of a PUC test is very minimal. It can be anywhere from Rs. 60 to Rs. 100, based on vehicle and fuel type. If any vehicle is seen exhibiting higher levels of emission than prescribed limits, its registration number will be informed to the RTO, Assistant RTO or Deputy RTO by the Testing Center within 1 day.

HOW TO OBTAIN

For your convenience, we would like to add that you can get your emission levels checked with your nearest PUC Center Affiliated Emission Center which you can locate on your Internet. These Emission Centers would give you an accreditation based on your car’s emission levels.

Using the accreditation, you can obtain your Pollution Under Control Certificate from any PUC Center near you.

Now that you have obtained your PUC Certificate, you will have no trouble in claiming your annual insurance!

So hurry and obtain that PUC Certificate as soon as possible, to avoid any hiccups in future. Save the environment as well as your pockets! We have tried to make it as clear as possible for you regarding its importance and effect. Keep reading this space for more important updates. Here’s wishing you the best of days! Happy Riding!

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