Sunday, September 02, 2012

I Hate Car Dealers

I was all set to say goodbye to my old friend and get a new one.  As much as I love this one, the speedometer and odometer stopped working months ago, the brakes are being nursed along and the body is so rusty the engine can drop out at any minute so it needs to go.  We emptied 13 years of accumulated car registrations, insurance cards and toys.  I got behind the well for what I thought was the last time and drove to the Nissan dealer in Franklin Square.  We met with this dealer last week and he gave us a great price which included no interest and no down payment financing.  It took until today to decide this was the car I was willing to give up my friend for.

We arrived and was greeted by enthusiastically by the salesman.  He showed us the car.  We filled out the paperwork so he could check our credit.  We discussed the price and he even agreed to with the amount of money we would be paying monthly.  Everything seemed to be going great and then the manager showed up.  I knew this meant trouble.  He then went over financing and told us we could have 0% financing or a $1500, not both.  He promised both Wednesday and the salesman agreed to both today.  He told us we were mistaken.  We ended up walking out and driving my old friend home.

I need a new car but I can wait a few months.  I can't deal with car dealers now.  I won't go back to this dealer.  I'd rather pay someone else more, someone who will be honest up front.  I'm not even sure I will still consider the Rogue I wanted.  The Rav 4 is starting to look better and the Mazda CX 5 is also a possibility. 


Jan said...

I had a similar experience years ago. I was all set to buy a Chevy and they made me so mad I left, went across the street and bought a Mazda.

Anonymous said...

This is why I tell any salesman if I see a manager I am walking out.

Anonymous said...

I know a lot of people who love their Rav4. The salesman will call you back, especially if he didn't reach his quota. Tell him you found a better car for a better deal than his phony offer.

burntoutteacher said...

Had the same experience a number of years ago at Kings Plaza Hundyai. We took a day to think over the offer they had given us IN WRITING but when we returned to consummate the deal, they refused to honor it. We wanted that car and that deal so we called around to find a dealer who would honor it and had to go out to Queens to a dealer who not only gave us the original deal but threw in another little perk(can't remember exactly what it was but I was so thrilled with this guy!). I hate to judge all by the few but I too have a major hatred/distrust of car dealers.