Before I write my review, I would like to mention I have been a loyal customer for over ten years. In that time, I have bought a few vehicles, and my family has bought over a dozen. So this review comes not from one single visit upset customer but someone who USED to be an advocate for AutoNation for a long time.
As a dealership they have really gone down not only in quality but in customer service severely in the past few years. They do not stand by their cars or service. Every department works against each other and no one takes any responsibility for their actions.
I recently bought a used car and it obviously was not inspected properly or even worse was and they just push it onto the lot. The SUV I bought had severe leaks, missing safety features (which the dealership is legally obligated to repair before the sale of any vehicle), plus a variety of other mechanical issues that they did not disclose. It’s a lemon. I originally went to them because my previous car died, and they said they would help me and get me into a solid, dependable vehicle. Plus I’ve been with them for years and I believe in loyalty. Rather they took full advantage of me.
I made the dealership aware of the issues I had right away with the SUV and they were going to charge me to bring it in, even though I had it for not even a week. Everyone kept waving me aside when I called saying it was an AS IS car so tough luck. Remember, safety issues were wrong on the car, which they are LEGALLY obligated to repair. And I made them aware of it instantly. After many phones calls, finally spoke to the GM and they said they would “make it right.” This is their favorite phrase they have said it for years and I swear every time they say it, it loses its meaning more and more. I tried trading the car back, refunding it, any option to get rid of it. Remember, I had all these issues with the car before my first payment. And I also didn’t drive it for half the time of having the car due to it not working properly. Their “making it right” was having me eat well over $2,000. So they could make a profit out of me three times over.
I am still stuck with this car. My brother also bought a car from there a few years ago and the transmission blew with in the first 30 days. You think we would have learned our lesson. Unfortunately, like most people we are not mechanics and trusted them too much.
Brings me to their service department, used car department, etc. They are terrible and do the bare minimum to make a car pass, or worse say we missed that. Do not use them, or trust them. God forbid some gets hurt in one of their vehicles. I have taken my car to other mechanics after them and they will call them out about their poor job. They will not make anything right nor admit when they screw up. I could talk forever about their terrible service department, but I will move on. The finance section, if you work with Mike Ferraro, walk away. He is infamous for raising the price of a car then lowering it to make it seem like you’re getting a discount; his “making it right.”
In short, the lesson to learn people, DO NOT buy a used car no matter what the condition it is from AutoNation. They are no better than your local used car salesman. I would only buy a brand new car with an amazing deal from them. Because that way their service department had nothing to do with it, and you won’t have to worry about the headache I received. Go to Maplewood Toyota or a dealership that will stand by their cars and guarantee them. Toyota no matter what condition one month or 1,000 miles will fix any issue with your car. Plus at Toyota you may get some decent service.
My problem was I put trust into my relationship with AutoNation and expected my loyalty to matter, but in the end they care more about making a few extra bucks then you returning. Sadly, I had the same sales guys for over a decade, great guys. But unfortunately they work for a company that cuts corners, doesn't support them, and does not care about your satisfaction.
Best part is I am buying a new car in a few months but not from them. My family, friends, any one I run into, I will make sure does not go there.
Find a different Ford dealership if you want a Ford.