My Review Of Grand Subaru:
After trying out a friend's Outback and reading reviews online, I decided that a 2013 Subaru Outback was the car for me. I submitted a request for pricing to three Subaru dealerships from the subaru.com, where I "built my own car." Dan got back to me within minutes, even though the dealership was closed, telling me I'd have a quote in the morning.
All three dealerships got back to me with pricing on the model I asked for, with the major options package. But I wanted a number of accessories added, so I made a PDF from the configuration I'd chosen at subaru.com. And I sent it to all three dealers, late one evening.
This time, only Dan D'Andrea got back to me with a price on the exact car I wanted. Not only that, but since he didn't have the color and option package I wanted in stock, he located the car at another dealership.
And it was a firm price, not depending on a trade-in (I didn't) or financing (I brought my own).
I asked if I could take one last confirmatory test-drive, and Dan helped set up an appointment with his brother Joe. I went out to the dealership, and after taking a photocopy of my license, Joe handed me the keys and let me test-drive a similar car to mine on my own. I put a deposit down on the car, and Joe started the ordering process.
It took about a week to transfer the car and order and install the additional dealer-installed options I'd asked for. Along the way, Dan kept me up-to-date, and when it was certain when the car would be done, made an appointment for me to pick it up.
This was one of the the most straightforward car-buying experiences I have ever had. Absolutely no hassles or surprises or hidden costs. No pressure to finance, no pressure to come to the dealership before giving me a price. Dan's quotes even disclosed documentation, title, and registration fees. Every step of the way was friendly, an awesome balance of professional and fun.
Along the way, everybody wanted to know if there was anything I needed, and what would make it work for me. Communicating was easy by e-mail and phone.
I love my new Outback. Thanks to Dan and Joe for making this a great buying and owning experience.
I tell my friends now, if you want a car, really consider a Subaru. And if anybody is buying a Subaru, I strongly suggest talking to Dan at Grand Subaru.
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