I am the type of person that NEVER writes a review but I feel that this car buying experience is worth a review. I have been a victim of identity theft for the past few years so to say the least my credit is not great(mid to upper 500's) so I knew that my situation was going to be a challenge. I already had two open auto loans(one car a Mazda 6 that will be paid off in about 6 months and the other car a Chrysler 200 I have leased for the last past year but the car payment was outrageous $237 every two weeks). The challenge is that the lease could be returned early but I would need a car before I returned the lease. I tried Cental Kia Lewisville(rude finance peolple, dont waste your time)and Huffies Chevrolet Lewisville(Oscar(sales)were nice but no bank would approve me there). I knew that I wanted a Nissan and that I lived near Lewisville but nothing else so I Goggled reviews on yelp and other sites and ran across Autonation Nissan Lewisville. The reviews had me torn because I saw so many negative reviews and not many positive BUT the positive reviews that I did see had one factor in common Ken O'Donnell so I decided to give Autonation a try BUT I was only going to work with Ken. I went to the dealership(on my lunch break) to speak with Ken, I told him all of the cars that I thought was in my price range explained my situation and he told me that he would do what he could to help(I left all documents, paycheck stubs, current lease agreement, tax return, etc) and I went back to work. When I got off, I went to see Ken and test drove a Nissan Altima that I wanted. Ken stated that they would submit to bank for approval. Next day, received a text from Ken asking what car note payment do I want to stay under? I told him no more than $380 a month. I didn't hear anything else from Ken that day. The next day, I received a text stating that he haven't forgotten me just waiting for the bank approval. Later that day(after work around 6pm) went to dealership to check status. Ken told me that my situation is a little difficult simply because based on my credit and the fact that I already have two open auto loans bank are reluctant because even though my plan is to return the leased car, the banks are looking at debt to income and other factors to determine if I could afford a third car note just in the event that I planned to keep the 200. I was sad to hear the bad news(another year of a high lease payment) so with my head hanging low, I told Ken thanks for trying and was getting ready to accept that there was no chance for my situation when Ken told me BUT. BUT(the greatest word I have ever heard)he told me that honestly I could get approved but either I was going to need more than a $1500 down payment, pick an older Altima which would have a lot more miles on it or I had to pick a smaller car than an Altima. He told me that one bank is interested but that those were the terms. So honestly I was a little sad my heart was set on this 2012 Altima but Ken told me that even with the unfavorable credit I have excellent car payment history on both cars and that is why the bank might be willing. I told Ken that I would trust his judgment on what is a good car for me since he has been selling cars for 16 years but I didn't want anything too small. He told me to give he a day to have his finance team( Alvin, Mike and Shelly all great by the way)to work on the deal. I left, I wasn't the happiest but I honestly was thankful truly thankful that Ken didn't give up on me nor my situation and at that point I just prayed and simply stated whatever is in the Lords’ will let it be done. The next day, I really didn't hear much. Ken did check in like he did everyday but I don't know, he told me that they were working on it but I wasn't that hopeful and then I received a text from Ken asking me if I was stopping by and I told him yes. I made it to the dealership and he smiled a little and asked if I wanted to take my new car on a test drive? New car? Test Drive? He took me to an all Black 2012 Nissan Sentra. When I looked at it, I thought it was too small and I guess Ken saw it on my face but he smiled again and stated drive it before you shoot it down. I got in and was surprised that it was actually bigger on the inside then I thought. Ken stated running down the features(certified, Carfax, 44,00 miles, 3 day money back guarantee, 100,000 miles warranty, gap insurance included, no car payment for roughly 2 months, and that the car note would be right under $380). It has been 2 days since the purchase and honestly with my situation I KNOW that I wouldn't have gotten a better deal. My name is Ideshia Taylor and if you are looking for a low mile dependable car, I would honestly tell you to go to Autonation Nissan Lewisville and tell Ken O'Donnell that I referred you and he will definitely take great care of you. If Autonation Nissan can't get you approved then it can't be done!!!!!!
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