Saturday, July 17, 2010

Crummy Car Dealers - Buyer Beware!

I've been looking around to purchase a new car, and I must say it is one of the most unpleasant experiences to deal with car salespeople. They are like vultures and we buyers are the prey.

Today I visited the Nissan dealership (only to inspect a model; didn't have intention to make a purchase today). The first salesperson was a woman who came up to us as soon as we stepped up to the car lot. She wasn't pushy as we told her we were just looking. But then, the other vultures come around -- she called over another man who pushes us to take a test drive. We refuse. He comes back with another salesman (who said he was the general sales manager) who forces the issue using different pitches:
  • My man here will get a $20 bonus if you just test drive the car. Help him out!
  • I will take $500 (went up to $1000) off any car if you just test drive.
  • Final (ridiculous offer): I'll give you the car for 50% off if you test drive the car!

That last one was the clincher and we fell for the obvious lie. We had to see if he was going to honor his offer.