Theft of my Car at VW AD-Automark Motor, New Delhi
From my discussions with their top officials it appears that they feel that since my car was insured by me, the insurance payment that I may receive in future, is adequate compensation for my loss. It is amazing that an Authorised Dealer of a well known brand like VW can be so nonchalant and uncaring about grossly deficient customer service and can feel they can wriggle out of any responsibility toward the customers who has suffered because of their gross negligence and criminal breach of faith.
This is patently unfair as my car, purchased for Rs.24.68 lacs in 2012, was very well maintained, was single owner driven and had done only 15589 kms. The cost of a new car of same model in Delhi is currently around Rs.25 lacs. The current insurance value (IDV) is calculated after deducting depreciation @ 20% every year and does not reflect the true value of my car. Even preowned cars of similar condition are available in the market at a much higher price.
It is not only the financial loss, I have been made to suffer serious mental stress and agony, inconvenience and a feeling of helplessness and a feeling of harassment. And Automark and its officials have so far offered only their apologies for committing gross negligence and criminal breach of faith.
Ironically as a settlement they offered to give me a "generous" discount of Rs.3.00 lacs on a similar car of 2015 and asked me to pay Rs.21 lacs for it. Another 2015 car which had done 8500 kms and probably used as a test drive vehicle was "very graciously" offered to me for Rs.17 lacs! And there the matter rests.
It is extremely unfortunate that well known brands like VW and their authorised dealers have no standard operating procedures at their premises though they have expensive property of their customers in their "safe custody". They cut corners to save on guarding costs and put hapless customers like me at grave risk of financial loss and mental agony.
Please suggest a course of action for me to enforce my rights in the case. more