This review is a bit overdue, due to my own personal need to ensure that my review statement correctly communicates my experience with Fox Valley Buick GMC.
My wife and I had come to a decision that we needed to purchase a family vehicle that would complement our growing family. We had begun doing some research on a compiled list of vehicles we felt would suit our needs primarily focusing on SUV’s from Ford, Chevy, and GMC.
During our research period we used various online and offline sources of information to help guide our purchasing decision and filter down to which vehicle(s) we felt fulfilled what we needed and wanted out of our family vehicle. We first looked at the Ford Escape, since it “seemed” to offer some value to what we were looking for, and the experience my father had at the dealership where he purchased his Ford Fusion. We quickly crossed out the Ford Escape, due to our adjoining surprise of the extremely poor experience, and treatment that was given to us at Bob Rohrman’s Schaumburg Ford dealership, and also the various consistent negative remarks from several online and offline sources regarding the vehicle.
We then came down to the decision that it was between the Chevy Equinox and the GMC Terrain. Overall both vehicles our approximately the same, and built off the same assembly line. Personally, in my opinion I believe the largest difference I saw was the body style, aside from that, certain details here and there. We both felt that the GMC Terrain offered us a certain look and feel about it that distinctly suited us more appropriately.
I visited the GMC website, and used their “Build and Price” tool service (I believe is mostly GM wide), which in my opinion was a great end-user experience, to identify what package offerings would best fit our needs. This service also showed us which dealerships in our described radius had those vehicles in their inventory.
We first visited a local Buick GMC dealer that is close to our residence, to view the GMC Terrain up close, and we were ecstatically impressed by the vehicle, but unfortunately not the sales team there. I revisited the GMC site again using their tool again, and called a couple of dealerships performing my initial reconnaissance. Overall, I believe we contacted, and visited several dealerships, but the one from initial contact, and final visit that impressed us the most was Fox Valley Buick GMC.
My initial contact with Fox Valley Buick GMC, was pleasantly initiated with “Amanda”. I informed her that we were looking into purchasing a GMC Terrain, and currently shopping around several dealerships looking for one that was “Summit White”, and was either AWD, or FWD with a possible interest of the safety package, and cloth interior. At this point we had not physically visited this dealership, but I already had felt as if they were proactively working with us and gone out of their way to find the vehicle we had been actively searching. Amanda, later in the week followed up with me (Christmas Holiday week), stating she believed she had found a couple of vehicles that fit our criterium.
Unfortunately, my currently pregnant wife was unable to come with me, but I was accompanied by my father to visit the Fox Valley Buick GMC dealership.
On our arrival, we were greeted by “Ted Wenecki”, and informed him that I was there to see Amanda. Unsure as to the reason, nor did I ask, but Amanda introduced Ted as our sales representative. Ted showed us one of the vehicles that Amanda had located for us, that overall had the features we were looking for and then some, but unfortunately it was more than I what felt was needed. Ted asked me, and I was extremely impressed by this, what were my needs and my wants, and he had separated this off into two columns. We concluded that with the price point we want to be in, and the overall needs, The GMC Terrain SEL base package would be the best and financially acceptable route. At this point I did not feel that Ted was trying to get a quick sale out of us, but offer us a vehicle that would appropriately fit and be with my family and I for a while.
Ted began some of the paperwork, and then introduced us to “Tommy Gonzalez” the Finance Manager. I informed Tom my credit isnt the best, but he informed me not to worry, we will see what we can do for you today. After processing everything, Tom distinctively and precisely described the breakdown for me regarding: trade-in, money down, financing etc., within three optional routes. Prior to that day I had visited numerous dealerships within that time frame and the past, and at times I had to argue to see the numbers listed out. With Ted and Tom, there wasn't even a moment I had to even think to myself about asking them to see everything listed out.
Overall, we finalized everything, and extremely satisfied that we chose Fox Valley Buick GMC as our final dealership. Everyone we interacted and came in contact with was great. My start to finish experience with Ted Wenecki and Tom Gonzalez went above and beyond all our expectations when dealing with a car dealership. I believe they have set an unreachable goal for others dealerships in their industry to emulate from.
Almost a month from our visit we have been more than satisfied with our choice of vehicle, and dealership. We have already taken advantage of the courtesy wash that is offered through Fox Valley car dealerships as well, and find it to be satisfactory. I do believe though that I received a better wash at the Fox Valley Buick GMC previously than at the Fox Valley Volkswagen.
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