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geauxdaddy72
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re: WTF - car sales tactic or honest mistake?


First, you have to like money to be in any sales. Do you not like money? Second, I was in finance for 15 years and the salesman can only make so much on anybody because there only so much a bank will loan on any vehicle. The average gross on any car is around 1500 for a sales person. Third, you must hang around some knuckleheads and I bet they " bounce around" a lot because they get run off from respectful stores.





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ThePoo
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yeah...drove from Nola to Houston to buy a truck that I saw on the dealerships website, asked if it was still there before I drove all the way there and they said yes

When I got there, they said, Oh the price it was listed for on the internet was wrong, they accidentally marked it the wrong price

Fortunately I ended up getting the truck for less than the listed internet price. They honored the internet price and I was able to talk my way down from there






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geauxdaddy72
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The problem with Internet pricing is most stores use an outside source to list there inventory. The day it gets traded, it automatically gets loaded to the website and an offsite employee of the website company prices it without consulting with dealership personal. It happens all the time.





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Northgate
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Hmmm .... Call a TV lawyer - make'em pay, 'er, sell.





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ThePoo
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if i call the dealership, tell them im driving from new orleans to texas for the car, tell them which vehicle, the price, and the vin of the vehicle im looking at so they can check and see if they still have it on the lot and that everything is straight on it...i need to get more than an oh by the way we accidentally listed the price $3000 cheaper when I arrive after my 5 and half hour drive. I wouldn't have driven that far for a vehicle unless they assured me everything was on the up and up

I had been looking at the truck on their site for weeks before I decided to go get it



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Southern Farmer
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re: WTF - car sales tactic or honest mistake?


What car was it?





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SmellslikeKevinBacon
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I have had this happen to me before when buying a used car. The car was listed $2500 less online than it was on the lot. The salesman asked me to prove that it was listed for less. So I pulled the car up on their website and newspaper listing that showed the lower price. He told me the price was wrong but since it was advertised at that price he had to honor the price. He wasn't happy about it.





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lsu mike
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Happened to me some years back from GMC dealer in New Roads. Was in market for truck and found this great deal they had on demo advertised in news on wheels. Called them at closing and told them wife and I were at work in Baton Rouge and couldn't get up there til morning. Said they had vehicle and to call in morning to let them know we were coming to have truck detailed and ready to go. Called next morning, said we were on way and they still had for sale waiting on us. Well long story short they did have truck but when it was time to deal said that news on wheels had put wrong price on that particular truck, that the price was for another truck they had. Typical bait and switch crap. Needless to say never bought anything from them and filed complaints with BBB, GM, and LA auto dealers assoc.





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Yewkindewit
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My wife and I "had" a friend who was a successful car salesman and he was a real turd. It is all about confusion, lies, and BS in many cases. When he tried to pull one over on us (since we were friends he would do us right) we told him outright that we may never see him again. He values the $ bonuses and his sales more than a couple of friends. After a few years when the car business slowed down he then started selling insurance policies. Back in the late 60s my Dad was laid off from Shell Oil and he was asked to help sell life insurance and collect payments. He told my mom after a month that the money he made was okay to hold them over but he can't do "that" kind of work because it was not an ethical vocation. He did get a decent job shortly afterwards.





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TH03
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I drove 30 minutes to buy my truck. Sat down and the asking price had actually lowered. Got them to come down a little more and got them to give me some more for my trade in.

Sounds like they just pegged you for a sucker from the beginning.






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TIGERSandFROGS
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Guys, I was in car sales for years and would never do this. Are there dip shits in car sales...yep, but far and few between. People do make mistakes, especially when you work 60-70 hours a week. Most of the "typical" car salesman are honest family guys who love people. You have to love your job and people to tolerate stereotyping that's apparent in this post.



Been around the car business my whole life, and I can tell you that most of the dealerships I've been around don't tolerate the stereotypes that are personified in this story. The ones that do this crap are ones that are in "autoplex" kinds of places like New Orleans East and Slidell, and even at those the BS tactics aren't used by salesman that have been in the game for years. Most successful, career salesman are reliant on repeat business and the most successful ones (a family member of mine included) after a few decades of doing it will get customers willing to follow them to new dealerships and brands, and they will make most of their living from selling to people they've made friends with over the years at a low commission, and the friends won't waste their time since they know the salesman isn't making much on the deal.

A good tip is when you see a dealership advertise that a salesman has moved to their dealership (usually in the classified or automotive section on the lower half of the page a page or two in), that is usually someone who has a following with customers at a past dealership. These are the guys and gals to seek out for a purchase since they understand that if they don't screw with you they'll get another deal in 3-6 years.






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TIGERSandFROGS
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Most of the "typical" car salesman are honest family guys who love people.



Uh, not really. I have known plenty of car salesmen. They like money and the feeling of accomplishment they get from beating someone else's arse when they get them to take a deal that they know isn't good.



Two people that have worked in dealerships (multiple ones in my case) disagree with you. And I can guarantee I've known a lot more salesman than you have.

Did you ever consider that maybe your friends that you know in car sales are a-holes because those are the kinds of friends that you have?






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HarryBalzack
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A Birmingham Ford dealership did this to my father-in-law week before last. They even have an online estimator for your vehicle. He filled it out honestly and printed the quote for two of his company fleet vehicles. When he got there, they said they couldn't give him that much - tried to give him less for the two trucks together than the online site quoted for a single truck. He'd even had an employee drive one of the trucks up there - two hours of pay, one hour of sitting there haggling, all wasted.

Eli Gold advertises for this particular dealership, fwiw.






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OhFace55
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Texas Direct Auto ftmfw. Find the cars you want online. Drive there and test drive them without a salesman riding with you. Drive as many as you want. No haggling but the prices are better than anywhere else. Very easy process.





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dewster
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That's pretty frustrating. Was that Maggio GMC/Buick in New Roads?

That's one of the few dealers where most if the people I know who have dealt with them were pleased. My dad bought his latest Buick from them I think.



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proudertider
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Some really great car buying/negotiating advice on the "money" board. Check it out.





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SmackoverHawg
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I tell them that the more they talk, the less likely I am to buy. Just STFU and leave me alone. When I am ready to buy, I'll let you know.

But that's bull shite. I'd never buy shite from a dealer like that.






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TigerAlum1982
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What model of Subaru did you have? I am seriously thinking about an Outback as my next vehicle. I heard the BR was getting a Subaru dealer.





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DCSportsBeerMan
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Better Call Saul!





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mytigger
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quote:

Most of the "typical" car salesman are lying lot lizards who'll sell their mom for a quick buck


FIFY






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