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  • Writer's pictureKapil Pund

First Car Of A Middleclass Indian

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

“You know Kapil, I bought my first car when I was 30. It was a hatchback”, said my manager to a 22-year-old me earning peanuts in the name of salary. Buying a car was not a priority back then. I could not afford one and I could not even drive one. However the first car you buy is an emotion, a story in itself, isn’t it? Let’s talk about mine. But first, here is a picture of me and the biggest purchase I made till date.


2-3 years later in 2017, I had a bit of work experience a little bit of savings and I, like most of us did not care about investments and insurances. Not that I am an expert now but I am not a complete idiot today like I was back then. I decided, I had to buy a new car. I just had to. Nexon clocked 7.65L ex showroom and it looked affordable and quite desirable. But then, one thing led to another. My parents talked me out of buying a car and the whole thing went under the carpet. Didn’t speak to them for at least 2 months not because I wanted a car that badly, but I expected them, for once, to back my decision without second guessing it. Well, that did not happen at the time.

Fast forward to December 2020, Covid was still the top news, we barely had anything to do, the SOPs were changing everyday and one fine evening, me and my friend out of boredom decided to visit a car showroom and we did. I really liked the new Tata Altroz, and I made my mind. In my mind I knew I was doing this just out of boredom and I did not really need a car, that too in the middle of a pandemic where you needed travel passes to cross cities and you had to work from home for the foreseeable future. But again, wasn’t this also the time when you were saving on your rent and almost everything else because you had no reason to stay in the city. So, I decided I am buying a car. Over the next few days, me and my friends gave it a lot of thought and finally decided to buy Mahindra XUV 300 and this time, I booked it. So, the car was coming home sooner or later. When you start looking for cars to buy, you will never understand how and when your budget increases by at least 4 lac rupees. But trust me, that is fine. You will not regret it later.

If they deliver the car on time, are they even a car dealer? Make them Prime Minister of the country. Mahindra took almost 6 months to deliver the car and in July 2021, after signing the biggest cheque of my life so far, I had the keys in my hand. It’s almost 5 months since then and the car has seen Goa a greater number of times than many people reading the blog. Not going to talk about how good the car is and how its performance is and all that stuff because that is not the point.

So, at 29, remembering what my manager told me back then, I made it happen too. I got my first car. There were many telling me that it is a liability, it is a depreciating asset, had you invested that money in xyz scheme or stocks, you would have received better returns. My only answer to those people is can you ride your stocks and gold bonds to Goa with your best friends? How can you quantify the feeling you get when you are driving in your hometown and it makes them heads turn? Doesn’t it frustrate you on a rainy evening when there is a sudden price hike in taxi fares? And let’s not talk about the tantrums these Rikshawalas throw. For most of the 90s kids who comes from middle class families, we are the first-time car owners in the entire family lineage. We all have had that distant uncle or aunty who scolded us for going too close to their beloved car when we were kids. We know how big a deal buying a car is, right? And naturally, this is the second biggest thing your parents hold you in high regards for. Of course, the first one being getting married asap.

I never joined a car driving school. Folks, don’t do that. Instead make some good friends who value your friendship over their cars. I had friends who handed me their mint condition cars, fully knowing I was a bad driver back then and bought me car accessories that I would not have bought myself. Owning a car also gives you certain urges. Like, saying “chal hatt bey” to someone who is not letting you pass or splashing mud water on those bikers on a rainy day. I have not done the second one and I am trying my best to stop doing the first one, but we all have gone through this, haven’t we? It’s a guilty pleasure for all the new car owners.

To all those reading this blog while being in two minds about buying a car, I would say, buy it if you have the money. You will earn and save money later too. You will not have road trips with your friends when you are 45. Fuck carbon footprints, make sure your parents do not have to take a state transport bus anymore. You show up to your next date in a car and yeah, go to work in your car when offices start. Do not try to justify your decision in terms of usage or money and worst – the mileage. Your first car is an experience. All other modes of transport will still be available for you. So go, just get it!

Afterall, life is too short to be spent waiting for an Uber to arrive

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Vinay Kale
Vinay Kale
25 mar 2022

Ek Number 😀

It is really a wonderful feeling to own and drive a car

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Kapil Pund
Kapil Pund
25 mar 2022
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Absolutely. Can't agree more

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Yogesh Jadhav
Yogesh Jadhav
01 mar 2022

Awesomely penned bro! Have exactly similar feeling as yours!!

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Kapil Pund
Kapil Pund
01 mar 2022
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:)

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Yatin Somvanshi
Yatin Somvanshi
29 nov 2021

A great read of the day, you do share some part of my story too. Wish you best luck 👍🏻

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Kapil Pund
Kapil Pund
29 nov 2021
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Glad you could relate. Thank you for reading. Cheers.

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akhil sharma
akhil sharma
29 nov 2021

It feels so good to read this bhai. Will you be my friend that gives his car to his friend to learn driving

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Kapil Pund
Kapil Pund
29 nov 2021
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As long as you do not plan on learning outside Magarpatta , for sure 😁

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Apurva S
Apurva S
29 nov 2021

A wonderful read Kapil. I loved the way you have ended the blog. Life's too short to wait for an Uber to arrive. Wish you all the best! Keep writing!!

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Apurva S
Apurva S
29 nov 2021
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Hahah don't remind me of that please.

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