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One for the little guys...(more) (archive)

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Posted by James N. on February 08, 2000 at 14:36:10:

In Reply to: Dealer snobbery (slightly long, some rant content) posted by MV on February 08, 2000 at 10:40:43:

About a 1 1/2 years ago my brother, friend, and I went to our BMW dealership to test drive a titanium m3 that had been loaded off of the truck earlier that afternoon. We pulled up in a decent car, nothing special, and before we made it across the parking lot a salesman walked over and started asking if we needed any help. To give a little background, none of us were older than 22 at the time, and although we were dressed nicely, we would've received the snobby treatment at some dealerships. When he asked what car we were interested in, I responded, only because I had already talked to our family's salesman earlier in the day, "we would like to test drive the titanium m3 that came in earlier." He stared at my like I had just dropped my pants in the parking lot and started taking a leak. He didn't say anything, turned right around, and walked back into the dealership without having any intention of bringing out the car. Less than 3 minutes later, the guy drives the car up, hands me the keys, and doesn't even ask for ID or anything, just says "have fun". His next line was, "apparently everyone else knows who you are at this dealership except for me, sorry about that." The reason I'm telling this story is because even if salesman act like they want to help you out sometimes, they are really just doing it because their manager told them to, not because they truly believe you are going to make them any money. I've never heard anyone apologize more in my life, which made me feel pretty shitty because he was old enough to be my father. Eh well, thats my $0.02.

James N.
99 m3/2, my car
98 m3/2, 98 328is, 98 740i, family's cars

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