After a test drive of a 5-year-old car with 96,000 miles on the odometer, Tom Geiman said in order for my mechanic to inspect the car I would have to leave a check for the full price and pay an extra $150 "cancellation policy." He would hold my check and not deposit it for 48 hours.
After I rejected that fairy tale, Tom finally relented, and agreed to have the car driven to my mechanic in San Diego who has been our family mechanic for over 20 years.
After my mechanic found several oil leaks, a non-functioning power window, a problem with struts and several other things totalling $1200 in repairs, I started to tell Tom what the mechanic found. Tom denied everything, said the car had no leaks, no problems with window, etc.
So I "cut to the chase." Deducting the $1200 from the "Fair Market Price" I found on Edmunds and more for the high mileage I made an offer that was reasonable.
Instead of a counter-offer Tom acted as if I had insulted him, and said he had three people look at the car that week, one offered $2000 more than my offer. So I said, "Sorry, Tom, we tried." And hung up the phone.
20 minutes later Tom called and left an angry message on my phone saying "If I had known you would offer such a low price, I wouldn't have wasted my time letting the car be driven to your mechanic..." and continued to rant and rave.
The next week, I found another vehicle from a kind sane professional dealership, and bought it at twice the price because it was a year newer, had lower mileage and passed the mechanic's inspection without any problems.
I know car dealers can be high-pressure, and some off-the-wall. But this guy needs psychiatric care. Avoid at all costs.
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