The Renault Kwid launches today. I had forgotten I had snapped the Kwid in the end of May 2015 at a toll both on the NH beyond Chengalpet. I wasnt too impressed but the jazzy pre-release press photos make it seem like it is much larger. Felt it was really between the size of an Eon/I10. Anways wishing Renault India all the best with the latest launch as the fortunes of their India operation now lie mostly on the small shoulders of this Kwid!
Last Friday evening I posted some stats on sun film and what I felt was going on. I had managed to escape getting caught by the cops for a whole week and was a bit cocky because of it. I needed to go out a couple of times on Saturday and each time, I saw people get caught for sun film. I even had to take a side road to avoid going through a standard police check post – why invite trouble I thought.
By then I had decided that I was going to get the film removed. Had checked with a local accessory shop who quoted 350 on May 20th. I go in to check if they would work on my car that evening, when the same guy without batting an eyelid said the price is now Rs 500! Says labor rates have gone up since they have no further hope of employment since the ban. They were doing the equivalent of a slash and burn farming – in this case more like rip and scrape ! I scooted from there resolute that I would not pay them a single paisa!
I worked on one car that evening starting at around 6:45 PM and finishing at 8 PM (some items left unfinished were rear quarter glass film removal and some cleanup of remnants of film stuck between glass and rubber beading. I woke up at 6 and finished some of the cleanup but couldn’t proceed further as my parents needed to use that car.
Worked on the other car starting at 8:15 AM and finished around 10 AM – this was including all the quarter glass film removal as well. Then spent another 20 minutes removing the quarter glass sun film from the first car.
Money saved: Rs 1000 (going by the accessory shop quoted Rs 500 per car).
For those that want to attempt a DIY here are the steps I followed with the items required in a FREE downloadable PDF: How To Remove Sun Film
Hope you found the steps useful. If you have any suggestions for improving this “How To” please reach Zimbly Cars here: http://cars.zimbly.com/contact-carszimbly/
Have you removed the sun film yet ? Do let me know !
My last post To S(h)un-film or not to S(h)un-Film? lead me to think a lot about the ban and around the ban from what all could be going on behind the scene. Here is an attempt to detail this out further using some Google Skills, Excel skills and some free time! I hope I don’t start seeing conspiracies in everything. I found it interesting that so much data is available for India online and free ! Here is the PDF file I created:
The Chennai Traffic Police were doing some stop , check , fine and rip operations in couple of parts of the city. However this seems to have lost steam as the week progressed. I am still driving with the sun film on and Rs 100 fine ready to be paid in hand. If caught I will pay the fine and remove the film only post that. Have also resolved to not fix it back later as well !
Do let me know if you have questions and also please do share this with your friends. Do feel free to re-post/share !