Same issue with not returning keys, had the phone to ear dialing the police when my keys appeared.A few years ago my married son was in the market for a new minivan so being an experienced car buyer dad, I went along to tutor him how to negotiate a good deal. Well the dealer we went to had an all female sales staff and it looked like the manager recruited all of the ladies from the local Hooters restaurant. My boy is tall and good looking so he got loads of sales attention. The new car show room was empty and so we had fun for a while. The demos and test rides were great. When I got the chance I told my son that these sales ladies were hired for a special reason and that he wasn't going to get any deals there. Last time I got that much female attention was in a bar in the Philippines. We left and he eventually got a sweet deal on a minivan elsewhere.
Once shopping for myself, I got suckered into leaving my potential trade at a dealer while took a test drive demo shopping. When I returned the sales mgr. didn't want to give me my car back. It is a trick to keep you from walking out before they give you the hard sell. I threatened to call the cops and my keys magically appeared.
I hate new car shopping.
I remember both of those cars. Another sailor on my ship had one and we'd sometimes ride to town in it. The ride was sumptuous next to other small cars. It had an odd wheel base port to starboard. The Toyota was an unimpressive vehicle and every one I ever saw had a bad tin worm infection.Remember relating this on some board. My apologies if it's a repeat here.
Traded a Renault R16 for a Toyota Corona (remember them?) at a one person used car lot in the mid seventies. The owner said "You're in luck, my father just died a few minutes ago, I'm in mourning and I'll give you a good deal. Come in before ten on Thursday so I can get to the funeral." The deal (and it turns out the car) really wasn't that bad for an eight year old beater so I bit. When I showed up I asked him "Hey, don't you have to catch your father's funeral?" "Nah, somebody called, guess I'll have to skip it."
You should have told him to put that in writing.Finally the silver haired guy in the three piece suit comes out of his little cubicle and said since we were a thousand dollars apart, just sign and buy today. Come back once a week for 52 weeks and he would hand me a $20 bill. Thought I was on Candid Camera.
Zee, 100% true or not, that's funny as heck!I didn't feel bad because he was a bozo............lol
Zee, 100% true or not, that's funny as heck!
I've dealt with so many different types of car sales people over the years I can't even recall all the antics. Generally speaking, the 'old dudes' were the slimiest with their sales tactics, but you never know. Honestly, the lady sales people I've dealt with always seem to be excellent.
One memorable one for me, was my most recent trade-in and purchase experience when I purchased my used 2019 Ram 1500 this past summer. It happened to be a ~90degF and crazy humid day in my area which is rare. The young lady sales person that happened to help me that day was a bit on the voluptuous side if you follow... She had such a hard time stepping out of the air conditioned office and into the heat to evaluate my trade that the evaluation process consisted of her barely getting into the driver's seat. Starting it, shutting it off and getting back into the office all within about 1 minute. She didn't look at the worn tires, dings, scratches, cracked bumper/fascia, etc. She printed out KBB "good" value, handed it to me, had to go re-powder her nose and we worked from there.