My experience with this dealership was less than favorable. First of all, I took the time to drive up to the dealership from Tucson expecting to make a deal on a Toyota Tacoma truck that I had taken the time to research on the internet. I was called two or three times by the dealership after sending an email to them via an online posting. So I was excited about going up to Surprise, purchasing this truck and driving home in a new vehicle. The truck appeared to have most of the items that I was looking for in a vehicle. I took a test drive and after consulting with my wife, we agreed that this truck would meet our needs. We then spoke to Saul who was very gracious salesman and we proceeded to inquire about the total cost of the vehicle. We discussed the price and at that point he brought Mr. Richard Lazo to negotiate. Richard refused to make any initial offer. He then insulted us by offering $2000.00 as a trade-in for our Ford F150 XLT 4x4 SuperCab. We bought our truck directly from Jim Click Ford in Tucson and it had low mileage and we were given a clean Carfax report. We have taken extremely good care of this truck and according to Kelly Blue Book, we could sell this truck for about $7,000. The trade-in value was $4,300! Richard further alleged that the truck odometer had been rolled back. We were extremely surprised and insulted that he would insinuate this. We have always taken our truck to the dealership for service and repair and we have never had any type of issues.
We informed Richard that we were not going to trade in our truck, and we were fully prepared to negotiate a deal and he would not consider our offer. He informed us that Kelly Blue Book priced the new vehicle for about $22,000 and would not consider anything less than $19,997. We continued to discuss with Richard for almost two hours, that we were wanting to purchase the truck and wanted our price to be no more than $20,000 "out the door". Now, I fully understand that Coulter Nissan is in the car business, but I also understand that we should be able to negotiate a better price. As Richard kept bringing the Kelly BB price to our attention for the new truck, we brought up the Kelly BB value for our truck. It is ironic that one value is regarded as being set in stone, but the same reporting agency is dismissed when giving another value for something else. It was also extremely uncomfortable that in this establishment, the sales people have private discussion in an open environment. During the time that we were there, we were able to hear personal financial information and private discussions in the cubes right next to us. A total of about 6 customers apparently either were not approved or Mr. Lazo was unable (or unwilling) to negotiate deals, so they all walked out.
The final offer that was made to us by Richard was approx. $21,000. We offered him an even $20,000 "out the door" and he adamantly refused to negotiate the difference. We were fully prepared to make a good and solid down payment in cash and having a very good credit score, we were already pre-approved for an auto loan. We were also looking forward to driving the vehicle home that night. Unfortunately, by Richard refusing any offers, we did not even get to those details. Therefore, Coulter Nissan lost a sale that afternoon and a potential return customer. We certainly will share our thoughts and experience with our family and friends, so when they are in the market for a vehicle, Coulter Nissan is not on their list.
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