This is the #1 week to buy a car

dodgeofburnsville.jpgBought a new car this week — supposedly the best week of the entire year to buy a car for ’06 closeouts and dead dealerships due to maxed credit cards and shopping fatigue. I don’t know how many of you have been to the bulk of new and used car dealers in the metro area, but now I have.

Here are a few highlights:
–Bloomington Lincoln Mercury Ford (off 494): Slimy salesman used every line in the book (e.g., “what can I do to put you into this today,” pimped the warranties, couldn’t quote a price on anything, etc.). They made us wait in the waiting room for 45 minutes while he “found us the car of our dreams,” when really the dealership was dead and everyone was watching the Vikings game. Actually ran outside to follow us to our car as we walked out – love it when the salesman chases you.

–Dodge Of Burnsville (off 35W): It was 8:45 p.m., and the dealership closed at 9. We were buying a car that night if they’d let us drive one. They didn’t let us drive one. We didn’t buy a car from them. That’s actually good, because their logo is the most obvious phallus symbol of any car dealer I’ve ever seen. People actually drive around with this logo on their car!

–Suburban Chevy in Eden Prairie (off 212W) – tried to sell us a Buick when we were pricing SUVS like Equinox and Trailblazers. I’m not kidding.

Apple Auto Group in Apple Valley – no negotiation dealer with sales people who don’t get a commission. Thus, no problem on the greasy, slimy dudes or high pressure sales manager. Gave us an extremely good price on our trade-in and earned a repeat customer. Spread the word.

3 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 11:52 am

    I went car shopping in June. I went to Toyota City in Brooklyn Park just to ask about a Prius (knowing there wouldn’t be a whole lot in stock). Stereotypical smarmy salespeople. I got bounced around between 2 or 3 guys before I got stuck with one guy who clearly didn’t want to be bothered. Even if they’d had a car I wanted, I wouldn’t have bought it from them.

    Went on a whim to Saturn of BP and had an unbelievably fantastic experience. I’ve drunk the Saturn Kool-Aid before so I don’t know why I was so surprised. I guess the contrast to Toyota City was so stark. Beth Petermeir (of the spectacular husband and wife sales team, Dan & Beth Petermeir) sold me my Ion, and now she’s the sales manager at Saturn of Bloomington. So if you’re looking for a Saturn, go there. She also gets bonus points from me for driving the Sky (the new convertible) in the Pride parade.

  2. Erica (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 6:09 pm

    I keep coming back to look at the Dodge of Burnsville Penis. Ha!

    And what’s with the pink and brown?

  3. Heather K (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    See, you should’ve gone to a Hecker store…after all, they have such fantastic advertising.

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