Honestly, I feel bad for them. They get a total bad rap from the whole macho-sleazy-used-car-salesman stereotype.
Unfortunately... while there are definitely some reputable, honest salesman out there... the bad ones tend to be the ones that leave the bitter taste in our mouth and make us want to run away, screaming and bashing heads together.
In our recent quest to find a vehicle that is safe, reliable, and a decent price for our family, we've gotten to meet some, well, some doozies, to say the least.
It's been a while since I've done one of my TOP TEN's on my blog, so I thought this would be a fantastic way to bring them back....
Without further ado,
TEN WAYS TO TELL THAT A CAR SALESMAN IS FULL OF CRAP
10.) They tell you to be quiet and let them talk.
9.) They remind you 100 times how FAST used cars sell and that if you leave it was guaranteed not to be there the next day... even though said car has been on the lot for over 2 months....
8.) They refuse to give you a business card because it is a waste of supplies because "if you're asking for a business card, you're obviously just brushing me off and don't really wanna buy a car."
7.) They show you a car that is obviously PERFECT for you (so says the salesman) and he tells you how great it is and how they are so confident this car will sell that they have it in the shop, and they NEVER do that unless it is a great car. You then see the car that is a piece of junk... After about 5 minutes of trying to sell you the car... crappy salesman then backs off and says, "Yeah, this isn't what I thought. Let's go."
6.) They refuse to move when you are trying to walk behind them between two cars, making you have to suck in a breathe to not get up-close-and-personal with crappy salesman's big behind... (I swear he almost took a step back on purpose...)
5.) They tell you that the price of a car is 25k... It takes 5 times of asking him to recheck the price (and an admission by buyer that they have already looked at it online and saw the price) for crappy salesman to say, "Oh, sorry, I looked at the wrong one... this one is only 16k..." Uh, yeah, that's what I thought!
4.) "We price our cars right, so this is the best price..." When they obviously do not and are NOT one of the "no haggle pricing" dealerships.
3.) They pull the ol' buddy trick. A "salesman" comes up and asks for the keys of the car you are negotiating because "someone else is REALLY interested in it..." Uh, yeah. No they aren't.
2.) You find a container of strange looking yellow liquid in the backseat of a car for sale and ask the salesman what it is. He shrugs and says, "Who knows what people do in these cars..." *ahem*
1.) "Honestly, Ma'am? You can't find a safe car in your price range. You HAVE to finance something to keep your family safe."
And yes, these are all things that have happened, current and past, to me or a family member.
Oh, and it doesn't fit in my top 10... but have you ever noticed that crappy salesman ALWAYS wear WAY too much perfume/cologne?!? PHEW!!!!
Have I said lately how much I love used car salesman? (I do LOVE them... just don't always LIKE them very much...)
I must put an exception in here. Because as I noted, used car salesmen have a bad rap, and not all of them have earned it.
I HAVE met a few really nice ones... ones who have tried to help and apologized when they couldn't. Who have stayed after hours to let us test drive a car even though they were pretty sure we weren't purchasing it. Who have actually recommended places that we might be able to find what we need, instead of trying to pressure us into something that we don't.
THOSE are the people I'd love to purchase from.
Unfortunately, those places, at the moment, don't have a van that is an option for us. But they'll have my recommendation, and will always be the first place I look in the future.
Moral of the story: If you are trying to sell something... BE NICE TO YOUR CUSTOMER.
Discussion: Any good car buying stories??? Good, bad, or just plain funny??? I'm SO SO SO over car shopping right now that I could use a few good stories to make me laugh!