The short version: Their salesman are good but I was drawn because of the online price for a used car but came out being told they want THOUSANDS more for it. Felt like a gigantic bait and switch.
The long version: I went and looked at a used VW Golf R which is listed everywhere online (including the Jones website) for $23,899. This would be considered a great deal as the market value for these cars is roughly $26,000.
I drive 35 minutes there and am greeted by Jeff, who treated me with the utmost respect and was overall a very cool guy. I have no complaints about the salesman himself and he was great.
HOWEVER, I made my appointment with the assumption the listed price is $23,899 as it states online. The only additional fees in the description are the standard "All prices plus Taxes, Tags, JFL Certification, and $300 Dealer Processing fee, not required by law."
Turns out they want THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS for the "JFL Certification" and the "internet price" is based on the assumption the buyer is trading in a car or putting $3,000 down. Nowhere online does it say this, nowhere via online chat was I told this when making time to see the car, and I didn't find out until I was at the dealership.
Again, I'd like to be clear that Jeff was the best salesman one could possibly be and I have no complaints about him, and Jones offered me roughly $500 than what would be considered "fair" on my trade in to "offset" the surprise cost....
But the entire thing feels a bit dishonest. I explained that to them when I was there, and almost felt like the sales manager that came over that night (without me asking for him) and seemed to be trying to do a hard pressure "close" on me (as someone who has worked a commissioned systems job for over 4 years...)
Overall I'd give Jeff a 5/5 stars but as of now, roughly a week later, all of their listings are still for three thousand dollars less than what they ACTUALLY want for the car, and no description has explained that "JFL Certification" is thousands of dollars of needless fee.
Overall I'd love to buy a car from Jeff but the dealership's dishonesty online leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The car in question has been at Jones locations for sale since SEPTEMBER 2015. 7 months later they still have it. I wonder why?
Jeff is literally the reason I gave 2 stars instead of 1.
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