S.O. and I went to look at five different cars today. We have all the research done, our own financing in place, and made it verrrrrrrrrrrrry clear that we were at the dealerships ONLY to test drive our five “finalists” and repeated this over and over.
We really tried to be polite, but without fail all five salespersons applied the pressure the moment we got in the car and moved into intense pressure mode when we finished the test drive and simply said “thank you” and asked for a business card in case we decided to pursue their car further:
“C’mon in, let’s run the numbers” (“no thanks, I don’t need numbers”)
“The Honda Fit takes four months to get, you better act today!” (“bullshit”)
“My sales manager would like to meet you” (“no, no, and no”)
“We can get you a better finance deal if you’ll just fill out some paperwork” (“no, you can’t”)
I understand that these guys (and gal) work on commission and car sales are tough now, but with the Power of the Intarwebs don’t most customer know what things should cost and what and how to finance, etc? The pressure just seems archaic and cartoonish and I dislike having to be downright rude to extract myself from a car lot.