In Reply to: Re: arrogant dealers (long)- even longer! posted by Joanne M. on April 12, 1999 at 12:13:40:
Isn't it funny how you keep raising the amount you're willing to spend? I started looking at cars around $20K, now I own a 328.
I went to two BMW dealerships. (I am a T-shirt and jeans, and sneakers guy. (also don't comb my hair...) The first (about a mile from my house,) the old(60) salesman that I spoke with seemed cold. I wasn't that serious at that point, so it's possible he would've warmed up.
Anyway, when it got serious, I decided to travel 10miles to the next nearest dealer. Wasn't bothered when walking around the lot. Which I prefer. I think it is the dealer's style. (Or maybe December weather.) When I walked into the showroom, I was then asked by Robert if I needed help. He was very enthusiastic about the product. (He owns E36 convertable.) To me, it seems being a BMW salesman is an easy job. (The car sells itself.) Robert was so nice, and a joy to speak with, that it made it easier to buy. Like you, I'm sure I could've gotten a better deal elsewhere, (or even the same dealer with different salesperson,) but I was so pleased with the experience I am happy with my deal.
Later, when I came to pick up my trunk mat, and even later my plates, Robert and I talked at length. Mostly about radar detectors, speed traps and nearby driving roads. He also talked about his previous experience working for MB, and VW. Overall it was a very pleasant experience.