Saturday, July 28, 2012
Let me tell you about are recent car buying experience. We have been talking/looking/researching cars for the past year. We finally decided that we wanted a GMC Envoy. The only problem was the dealership that we have went to for 25 years does not have any. They do have a chevy trailblazer though which is a twin of the Envoy, Almost. This dealership is about 40 minutes away back have always treated us fair so I'm loyal to them. My wife and daughter went down an hour before I got off work to test drive the blazer. On the way there they stopped at another dealership that was giving at $25 gas cards for test driving cars. So they get there and love the car. I get there and tell the guy that I would like to test drive it. While I do that he can appraise our trade in and give me a out the door price. I told him I used to sale cars and I don't want to play the game. So I go for a test drive and get back and there stands the salesman with a payment amount. I asked him why he had a payment figure when I had told him we were writing a check for the difference. So this aggravated me, then his payment figure clicked. To reach there payment number I would have to pay them $300 to take my car. I almost forgot, our trade in is a 79 corvette. I have had for years and just don't drive much so was time to get rid of. So needless to say I'm furious now. The salesman tells me the manager will give me $1500 now for the vette. By now my language is not very nice as I head to the door. The salesman proceeds to tell me that the car has 100,000 miles on it. I tell him it is 33 years old. That is 3,000 miles a year. I ask him if he has any cars on his lot with that few of miles per year. Not to mention that I had already told him the motor had been completely rebuilt by a professional at a cost of $3000.Needless the say the more he talked the madder I got. The last thing I told him was that for 25 years we have always come to them. We drove by countless dealership to come to them and this is how they treat loyal customers. I will never go back.
By the time I got home I had calmed down. A guy at work had told me about another dealership just north of us that has treated him right. My wife went up on Saturday morning as I was working. I was worried because of how they try to take advantage of women. Well guess what, They didn't do it. They gave her what we wanted for the vette without argueing with them. My wife got her trailblazer with 10000 less miles then what our "loyal" dealership had for a lot less money. Guess I have a new dealership.