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Factors to Consider

Technical advancement and use of machinery have changed the face of farming. Mechanization of manual processes not only improves the productivity but quality as well. Useful machines like tractor perform a plethora of activities making the life of farmers simple and hassle-free. A tractor brings power, perfection and precision to the work. It is sturdy and rugged. However, excessive usage and wear and tear cause damage to the internal mechanism. Maintenance of tractor parts is costly and time-consuming. Also, it causes a direct productivity loss. Hence, it is important that it is kept in order.

Nowadays, people prefer maintenance contract for tractors because it is cost-friendly. It offers economic viability and you are relieved from the trouble of searching a new service center now and then. Since replacement parts are costly, AMC can be a good solution if the tractor is old.

There are some critical aspects when you search for tractor parts

As mentioned earlier, a tractor is the lifeline for your business. Hence, replacement parts should also be of equally good quality. Farm vehicles need high power, stability, and pressure so that they can carry out heavy work. Always buy parts from a reputed dealer that is well-known for reliability and quality.

– Look at the after-sales support: It is important to buy good quality parts from a well-known dealer. However, it is not the only thing you should look about. Always consider after-sales support an important criterion. You should get warranty and guaranty on the parts. Usually, there is a replacement warranty for one year if there is any manufacturing defect found in the part.

– Branded parts are always preferred: You may find several unbranded (or less popular) brands claiming the same service quality and reliability. However, in the majority of cases they do not last long. Even if the cost looks attractive Prima Facie, you spend more money at the end of the day. Hence, go to a dealer that sales genuine spare parts of the same company. If the part is not a critical one, then only a compatible option should be tried.

– The supply chain is important: If there is no dealer in your locality or town, then also do not compromise on the brand. Go to the nearest locality or town where you find aftermarket parts. They have a better supply chain management and support system. Your local dealer may get it arranged for you, but he will not be responsible for after-sales service. An authorized dealer, on the other hand, is liable to offer service to the customers. Moreover, he has an effective supply chain management and can arrange the part from other places if he doesn’t stock it.

The Automobile Market of Bike Dealers

In recent years, Raipur has witnessed a lot of changes. The State Government has invested a lot of funds on infrastructure development in the state. This has primarily been focussed on building better roadways. A lot of this has been in Raipur to improve the navigation within the city. One of them has been Gaurav Path. This road which links Ghadi Chowk and Telibandha has been widened to a four lane. Construction is also going on for the Canal Linking Road which would join Pandri and the Airport. Construction for this road has been completed until Pandri to Telibandha. Construction is going on to widen the Raipur Bilaspur which is now a single lane highway. But despite all these things traffic congestion is on the rise in the city.

If you pass through the Ramsagar Para Road or the Malviya Road or the Pandri Lodhipara section or the Gudhiyari underbridge during the morning or evening peak hours you will experience a traffic congestion that is now becoming the hall mark of the city. So why is this happening? Well one of them is because of the fact that Raipur being the administrative as well as the economic capital of Chhattisgarh has been undergoing rapid changes. All this has resulted in a number of firms beginning to set up shops in Raipur. We now have an influx of people from other states who are coming in to this city looking for opportunities. In fact Raipur is well on its way to becoming a melting pot of cultures. Since becoming the Capital, the population of Raipur has doubled from nearly 7 lakhs to almost 14 lakhs now. Their disposable incomes have also increased significantly. But these are not the only factors. Let us now analyse two other factors.

One of them would be public transportation services. Or rather the lack of it. If you look at it Raipur city public transportation is mostly dependent on either Autos or then local buses. In fact the buses here in Raipur are too few to be even considered for public transportation. Autos are the de facto mode of public transport in Raipur. But then the prices here are not fixed and depends more on the mood of the driver. In addition to this there is the fact that these most of these vehicles finish their operations post 9 PM. Very few are on the roads post 10 PM. So you can’t really depend on these vehicles all the time.

All this has resulted in the growing need for private transportation. When it comes to owning your own personal vehicle both aspirations as well as need play a part. While in many cities it has been more of aspiration and less of need; in Raipur it has been the opposite. The need has resulted in the demand for vehicles designed for the masses while aspirations are resulting in the demand for high-end vehicles. A lot of families in Raipur own at least two vehicles; two bikes, bike and moped, Moped and car, bike and SUV, the list goes on. If you look at two wheeler; be it bikes or mopeds, Raipur already has a vibrant market for it. TVS, Yamaha, Honda, Mahindra, Hero, Bajaj, Suzuki. These brands which are all used by the masses all have bike showrooms. Even high-end models like Royal Enfield, KTM, Hyosung also have showrooms. In fact the high demand for Royal Enfield has resulted in it opening two showrooms in the city. It is a similar story for the SUV and Car showrooms. Maruti, Suzuki, Chevrolet, Hyundai, Toyota, Skoda, Ford, Tata, Mahindra, Fiat, Renault, Premier, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Datsun, Honda, Volkswagen all have SUV and Car Dealers in Raipur. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Jaguar, Range Rover have SUV showroom in Raipur as well. The consumers in Raipur are now spoilt for choice. They now have the option to choose from a range of Cars, SUVs, Mopeds and bike. They also have enough disposable income to buy from these Authorised showrooms.

Study Shows That BMW Drivers

During my time as a marshal at a road racing event, the first thing we would tell drivers was that there ought to be ‘no hooning’. A hoon is someone who drives a car in an anti-social manner according to his society, and this includes but is not limited to practices such as over-speeding, disregarding traffic rules, intimidating other drivers and driving noisily or dangerously. There are even countries with special ‘anti-hoon laws’ such as Australia, where there is the Hoon Boating and Other Amendments Act 2009 of the State of Victoria, and a Bill passed in 2004 allows the Western Australia Police to impound cars whose drivers were found to engage in such practices. It is therefore clear that being a victim of hooning is such an abhorred experience by most motorists, and when VoucherCodesPro conducted a research of 2,837 U.K motorists, BMW drivers were pointed out to be the most aggressive, topping the list that also comprised drivers of Land Rovers, Audis, Subarus and Vauxhalls. In this case, blue BMW’s made the largest number followed by black ones. The research did not just focus on elements such as over-speeding and dangerous driving but also on who were the most and least likely motorists to indulge in road rage, and the findings were that men between ages 35-50 were most likely to be angry drivers while women between 17-25 years were the least likely to get upset.
In an interview, researcher Paul K. Piff of the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California told New York Times that fancy cars were less likely to stop to allow pedestrians to pass, adding that BMW drivers were the worst. When Car Throttle, a British media platform for car enthusiasts conducted a similar research entailing 7,500 respondents, BMW drivers topped as the most disliked ones at 41%, followed by Audi at 13%, Honda at 10%, Mercedes at 6% and Toyota drawing with Ford at 4%. On the bottom side, Dodge, Subaru, Land Rover and Holden tied at 2%, with Volvo, Nissan, Peugeot, Jeep and Mazda finishing equally at 1%. Mitsubishi drivers emerged to be the most respected, coming in at 0%. This study is complemented by a 2008 campaign by Audi regarding the stereotypes behind Lexus, Mercedes, Audi and BMW, and it labelled BMW owners as “techno music lovers, inconsiderate and arrogant”.
So where is all this leading?

In 2012, former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond said this of BMW after driving the F30 320d: “their cars are not about cutting edge, brand new technology, breaking new ground and pushing things further but about doing what’s already known and doing it extremely well.” I have personally been with a BMW M5 V10 alongside a Mercedes C63 AMG V8 and I can attest to Hammond’s statement. Are all these reports therefore simply inaccurate or overstated? Perhaps there could be a side to this that hasn’t been addressed. In 2011, Market Research World, a leader in consumer insight and research conducted a poll in which BMW owners claimed to prefer ‘a fast, punchy style of driving’.

Petrol Vs Diesel Engines

After covering an article on the volatility of petrol and how fuelling at different times of the day might cause you to receive less value for your money, I would like to clarify that the same does not happen to diesel because it is heavier and less volatile. Also, while petrol burns easily and thus produces more power and faster propulsion, diesel burns slower – actually it does not even burn at all. Not that petrol burns either: it is the vapour that burns, but when it comes to diesel it will not vaporize easily and even when it does the vapour still will not catch fire. Combustion occurs in a diesel engine only when the diesel is injected into hot compressed air, and the energy output in this case is more of toque rather than power. Yes – torque is the ‘might’ to move a mass of load while power, better off described as horsepower, is the force that moves a car from one point to another, fast.

Since diesel is heavier, more cumbersome to deal with and involves lots of pressure and tension, the engine running on it must be made of tough components to withstand these forces and the abuse that comes with neglect and poor servicing, especially because most owners of diesel-powered cars abuse them more than the owners of petrol-powered cars. This could be because most of them are commercial and heavy-duty cars and the owners don’t mind as long as they get the job done while the petrol-powered cars are for leisure and everyday use, but either way, diesel components are more resilient and thus more expensive but they also wear out faster due to the stress they undergo, and as a result they demand more frequent servicing than the components of petrol engines. That is true, but if you think that diesel-powered cars are slow, stink and produce fumes like a coal locomotive, Henry Ford is long dead and Bedford trucks are no longer in production – welcome to the 21st century.

Volkswagen engineers have been in the news lately about their flawed diesel software, but what I want to focus on is that these engineers of the world’s second best-selling automotive company are running their cars on diesel. Why would they if diesel was as awful as some have been made to believe? Mercedes too has diesel variant models that boast of as low as 5L/100 km on the combined cycle, while the Prius with all its fanfare does about 4.4L/100 km. Modern diesel-powered cars are clean, efficient, quiet and sometimes fast. Of these, the greatest attribute is efficiency. The Mercedes engine whose efficiency I mentioned above is the 2014 E350 CDI, a very powerful engine and its hybrid version will sip only 4.0L/100 km. Where does that leave the Prius? In a dumping area behind a Chinese restaurant.