In Reply to: Re: BMW was OK, but Audi dealer best (long) posted by Rudy on April 12, 1999 at 22:25:46:
I'm dissapointed to see the treatment that so many of you got. I'm 20 years old and live in Cenral New Jersey, and have recently gone on a test driving "spree" one weekend to check out all the new cars that interested me. I drove the new Passat, E46 323i and 328i at same dealer, M3 and a few used E36's at various dealers, Benz CLK430, Lexus GS's, A4 2.8 Quattro, and had the Benz dealer telling me to come back in a couple days when they would have a C-Class and CLK320 for test driving. Everytime I went to one of these dealers, I was dressed in jeans, sneakers, t-shirt, and with a friend or two dressed the same way, after being out and about all day, so we certainly didn't look "fresh" either. Two out of the three of us will usually have cell phones on us, but hey doesn't almost everyone have one these days? They don't usually notice the car I drive, cuz i have showed up in my Infiniti J30 and my friend's 92 Cavalier and been treated the same way. Only once or twice was I turned away or given an excuse, and that was at one of the Mitsubishi or Nissan dealers believe it or not, which I went to purely for the heck of it anyway. They seem to sell cars as if they were selling something small and insignificant. I hope you all have good luck with future visits to your local dealers...
: I don't know how you guys all get treated like this. I ma 21 and look that age or younger, I walk in with a T-shirt and slacks and always get friendly service and test drives. Frequently the dealer just hands me the keys. I have test driven a Miata an Impreza 2.5RS an Audi A42.8Q a lot of BMWs a mercedes clk and many others with no problems> I actually always feel that I am taking advantage of the dealer as I have no intention of buying their car most of the time, I just like to drive the cars I read about and see what is out there. I ordered a 323i when I needed a new car and didn't need to test drive one because I already had before.