And that’s why you don’t get my business

Yesterday during my monthly trek to the airport to return Cycling Papa, we stopped by a car dealership. In another month or so two cars is going to become a necessity. We went looking for a used Pathfinder or a Murano (CP likes suv’s). The Salesman was kind enough, fetching keys, opening doors and answering questions.
We indicated, as we were on the way to the airport, that we did not have time to drive anything. Salesman kept pushing a bit. We again declined. He wanted to see if we’d been inside a Forester. Umm, that’s not an suv. I don’t care what you call it but I call it a glorified station wagon.
Playing nicely though (cause we are nice people) we went inside the showroom and looked at his Forester. Nope, to un-suv for CP. Of course now that we were inside we had to give the usual name, phone number, yada yada. {As an aside, I, once upon a lifetime, worked at Saturn for six months. I get that this part is part of the job. It’s the next part that made me go WTH.}

After giving blood (or what felt like having to give blood) we told him, “hey really need to get going to the airport. Have a flight to catch!”
“Just give me two minutes.”
“No, we really have to go.” We stood.
“Just one minute to see what else we have.” Now annoyingly pleading.
“No we have to go.” Still trying to be polite. “How about we take your card and you can email us the info?”
“Just give me 30 seconds.” Now even I am getting really annoyed. We proceed to the doors as Salesman is still pleading his case. CP gives it to him straight.
“If you can get me before I get in my car, go for it.” We exit the building with Salesman scurrying (like the rat he was) over to the next showroom. And exactly what was he wanting 30 seconds for?
I have no idea.
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Chick is buckled in. CP and I are in the car. We drive away. I have never met a more pushy, annoying, makes-me-want-to-scream NO Salesman in my life.
What’s the worst Salesman experience you’ve ever had? Have you met anyone like my Salesman?
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16 thoughts on “And that’s why you don’t get my business

  1. Love the photos! And as soon as I read “car salesman”, I grinned. I know what it's like. I don't like buying a car, either. Though I've bought my last two cars online! autobytel.com. It ROCKS. Better than carsdirect, or autofinder. Great price.

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  2. LOL! Love the pics! Luckily our good friend is a salesman and he'll give it to us straight. No pleading and hanging onto our pant legs as we walk out the door.

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  3. I was 25 and had just left a job site. I was in dirty jeans and a t-shirt, my hair was disheveled from being in a hard hat all day, and I was wearing work boots. I was looking at the new (at the time) Monte Carlo SS (sticker $40k-ish).Salesman comes up to me. “Can I help you sir?””I'm looking at this Monte Carlo. It's nice.””Yes sir, yes it is. However, we have some Cavaliers in the lot outside that are more likely in your price range.”(I was (and am) an engineer who could afford a lot more than that Monte Carlo.)”OK,” I said, and walked into the lot with him following me. He followed me right to my car, watched me get into it, and drive off without saying another word to him.

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  4. Actually the worst ones I've had have both been car sales people from Nissan and both in the same dealership. The last two times I've bought a car I've went to the same dealership because I like Nissan's and both times no one even approached me. No once. I'm pretty sure I wasn't dressed like a hobo. Oh well, thanks to them I bought an Acura and a Subaru.

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  5. I have only bought one car in my lifetime, but Hubby actually did more of the shopping and dealing with sales people. SO I haven't had to deal much with the pushiness of cars salesman. When you say you gotta go they should just let you go. In my experience I will be more likely to come back if the help is helpful and respectful not needy,

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  6. I HATE car salesmen. I don't know why they all have to be so slimy!Good luck on the car though! Sorry I haven't been able to visit. My computer is still down – it's really sick – a big bad nasty virus or something. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon!

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  7. Jeff once had a car salesman freak out on him and start screaming because he wouldn't sign an offer without the chance to make a phone call home first. The guy lost it… so he walked away from the whole thing and never went back. My guess is that these guys are under so much pressure to earn the commission that's basically their entire salary that they'll do anything to get a sale. Not that it's an excuse for acting like a jackass but still… I would never want that as a job.

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  8. Haven't had it this bad.. But I once went in looking for a expedition sized SUV.. We saw a used one, but they came around with a New Ford Freestyle. Which is roughly the same size inside as our previous car.Thanks but no thanks.

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  9. I hate, hate, hate going to the car dealership. I can't recall any one particular incident, but the pushy, seedy attitudes most of them seem to share is repellent. The times that we have bought a car, it's been from the one salesman that isn't trying to bully us.

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  10. We had a guy call the house after we didn't give our information. He talked to me I said “where did you get this information?” and then he says “your husband gave it to me/asked me to call” I knew he didn't. Hubbie went to the dealer ship talked to the manager and told them straight to their face we weren't ever buying from them.

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  11. We were looking at a car around the time my husband was just about to start at BSU. We told the guy we'd call him the next day but didn't have a chance so what does the Salesman do? He calls and leaves us messages in a horrid voice saying how we didn't call him and then another telling my hubby that a man is only as good as his word. Wow, now that really makes us want to buy from him. NOT! It was only 1 day and we hadn't fully commited. Better Business Bureau had 11 unresolved cases filed by people. Yup didn't go back ๐Ÿ™‚ BTW your pics of them were hilarious!

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  12. I HATE car salesmen. I don't know why they all have to be so slimy!Good luck on the car though! Sorry I haven't been able to visit. My computer is still down – it's really sick – a big bad nasty virus or something. Hopefully, it will be up and running soon!

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