Last week, people of Surat were surprised to see a donkey drawn Toyota Land Cruiser pulling out of city-based businessman Tushar Ghelani’s garage. Converting this INR 1 crore car into a donkey drawn car was Ghelani’s unique way of showing his protest to the Toyota dealer who after selling him the car has failed in providing the promised after sales service. Ghelani was quoted saying that he should have opted for a Tata Nano instead.
Tushar Ghelani overlooking the procession where his Toyota Land Cruiser is getting pulled by donkeys. It is still not clear whether the donkeys were actually pulling the 3.5 ton SUV or it was only representational.
When questioned, the dealer, who did not wish to be named, told sources that the car was in a running condition but had certain issues with the fuel indicator. The dealer had told the owner that the vehicle would have to be sent to Mumbai for repairs but Ghelani was impatient and was demanding immediate results.
Ghelani stated that in just a few days of purchase, the car’s key lock stopped working for which the dealer demanded INR 1,500 for the battery which is available in the market for INR 50. Besides this inflated sum, the dealer took 5 days to rectify the problem. A Toyota Land Cruiser also requires a new liner after every 5,000 kms, which again the dealer delayed in providing. It was due to these issues that the owner resorted to a unique way of protest.
Toyota Land Cruiser B8 was launched in India 5 years ago. Only 20 units were imported into India in the first lot. Ghelani was adamant to buy the car in the first lot itself as there were prominent other personalities like Amitabh Bachchan and Rahul Gandhi who were also buying the car in the first lot. Ghelani wanted to be a part of this elite group, but little did he know what was in store five years down the line.