It's about 50-50, actually. That is, unless you don't avoid the high volume discount autoplexes, where it is probably more like the numbers you're giving. Dealerships with good reputations don't employ people like that, so at those places the snake percentage is virtually non-existant.
A lot of car salesmen will tell you that they like cars and whatnot, but they really have no interest or knowledge about them. I can tell you the name of every single car on the road today and my 1% buddy can do the same. Most only know the cars they sell at their dealership
Every dealership tries to be a high volume dealership. Their goals are to move cars for the highest prices that they can, not to have a good reputation. They base everything off of leverage. That is why the bait and switch situations are so prevalent.
I had two very similar situations myself, one in Alexandria and one in Ruston. In Ruston, they had a truck for sale on cars.com for a good price. I called the night before to make sure that they had it in stock. The next day, while I was on the way up there, they called to make sure I was coming. Once I got there(45 minutes later), they told me that they just sold the truck and the guy had already driven off with it. Complete BS and they then tried to get me to look at other trucks since I was already up there. I told them to frick off and went back to BR. The truck was still on cars.com two weeks later
To the people that are saying to buy from Carmax, congratulations on buying a car they got from Enterprise that I neutral bombed for a week straight
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