An RTO official said, “Dhanteras is an auspicious day not only for buying gold but also a brand new car or a two-wheeler.” He said there was a rush for last-minute registrations as deliveries were expected on Monday at all the four city RTOs at Tardeo, Wadala, Andheri and Borivli.
Some car-buyers will also take deliveries on Tuesday and Wednesday, as these are also auspicious for Diwali, another officer said.
Sources said the RTOs registered nearly 750 cars/SUVs and 1,700 motorcycles and scooters during the past week. Officials also worked late during the last weekend to clear registrations and ensure that car-buyers got the deliveries.
A car owner said, “The registration of my car is pending. But the dealer in Andheri said he will deliver my car with a temporary registration. The permanent one (with a proper number plate) will be done by the weekend. That is not a problem as I got to take the car home on Dhanteras. It will be a great moment for my family.”
RTO officials said the purchase of automobiles usually peaks during festive days like Gudi Padwa, Akshaya Tritiya, Dussehra and Dhanteras/Diwali. These are auspicious days for starting new ventures, shifting to a new apartment or buying a new car/two-wheeler, the officials said.
Sources said Rs 1.5-2 crore will be recovered as motor vehicle tax from those who have registered vehicles recently. The tax for a petrol cars is 9-11% and for diesel ones 11-13%.