Sunday, December 07, 2008

Car Salesmen Make Me Cringe

We're in the market to update our van these days. We travel such long distance throughout the year that we try to watch our overall mileage, which is getting up there. And we just want some cool new features like a built-in DVD (no cords!), windows that roll down in the second row and a power back door.

We happen to have great timing because the economy is down, so dealerships are cutting pretty good deals. And my parents are going to buy our current van. We're driving down there in a couple of weeks, so then we could just drive it to them!

Anyway, back to the point of my whole post. Car salesmen nauseate me. Here are my top 5 car salesmen annoyances...

1. They make lame jokes, and then you laugh just to be kind. Ugh.
2. They don't take me serious. Apparently, I have to have a man with me to buy a car because they will actually ask me when I want to come back with my husband. (They don't even know I'm married. One guy said something like that over the phone!)
3. They make stuff up on the fly. ("This car had new tires put on recently. Oh year, they are good as new.")
4. They want to talk too much and show you everything. (Like the folding rear seat is something miraculous that will make you buy it on the spot.)
5. They really aren't that thorough and ignore your questions. (I will ask very simple questions via e-mail and they glaze over them and just try to get me in the door.)

So what is it about car salesmen? How can they all share this annoying traints? And why aren't there more women?

I found this one van I really like but really don't like the salesman. We'll see how my search goes. If I can get through the salesmen, then we should be driving in a much cooler van in a couple of weeks. After all, if you drive a van, shouldn't it be much cooler?


Amber said...

I like how, no matter what, if you walk away, they will chase you down with an offer that they are making "no money on!" And they have to verify every offer you make with their "boss." But you really know they're in the back with their buddies drinking coffee talking about all the profit they are about to make off of you. Good luck, though. I'm not a van person, but I do like those automatic back doors. Those are pretty cool.

Vicki said...

The problem, of course, is that they're paid on commission so they're pretty desperate to make a sale. I actually had a really good experience when I bought my CR-V this summer; the guy was nice and we got on very well. It makes the whole thing a lot more pleasant if you actually like the person you're dealing with.

Good luck with your "cool" van search.