My Review Of Lenz Truck Center:
I bought my old truck new in 1995 - a Dodge Ram 2500 regular cab manual transmission 360 v-8. I drove it way past it's prime in order to send my kids to a good day care. Now that they are all school age, I decided to retire my truck and buy a new one. I will only drive a manual. I found out that Chevy and Ford no longer makes manual transmission trucks and that Dodge was the only one who did now and that manuals were only available in the Dodge if you got the diesel engines. That meant I was going to get a Dodge with a Diesel - never owned a Diesel before. I wanted a 2500 Dodge Ram SRW Crew Cab Long Box Diesel with a manual transmission - turns out that this is a fairly difficult truck to find. I wanted a used one because the new ones were out of my price range - but I wanted a newer one with low miles. I am from Minnesota and I looked at all the local dealer in the Minneapolis area and found nothing. I sent many of them on a quest to find this truck for me - after a year, nothing. I started to wonder if they were actually looking. In fact, many of them were outright condescending when I said I wanted a manual. So, I started searching on autotrader.com for myself and noticed that Lenz always seemed to have a lot of big trucks and felt that there was a good change that they could find my truck. I called and talked to Mike Buhler and he started looking for me. After about 6 months, he found my truck. It was a great price and everything I wanted. So, on Martin Luther King day, I flew to Appleton, rented a car and drove to Fond-u-lac. The truck was exactly as described and exactly what I wanted. My brother is a mechanic and I normally have him look at vehicles with me before I buy them but I couldn't do that this time which made me nervous. I made an appointment with a local mechanic and when I took the truck on my test drive, I had it checked out. He said it was wonderful. No leaks - not any sign of a repair even on it. Break and tires were in great shape and he thought it had been very well taken care of. So, I bought it and drove it home.
Mike Buhler was wonderful - he found my truck for me when no one else could. Took tons of pictures for me. He answered all my questions - and there was a lot of them. He even went into the dealership on a Sunday and pulled a car fax report for me so I could look at it before I bought my airline tickets. I had a couple of car salesman friends of mine look into it before I flew out and they said that the price was great and that their dealership wouldn't be able to sell it and the price I paid. The truck was exactly as Mike described it - I really appreciate his honesty and detail in showing me every little flaws so that there would be no surprises when I got out there. Overall the truck was in stellar shape. I got the ST model which is fairly basic. It does have electric windows and doors, air conditioning, integrated trailer breaks, heated power mirrors, transmission cooler, etc... It doesn't have the fancy stereo or the TV's in the headrests or the heated seats and such but then again, this is my truck not my living room. It would be nice to have some of those nifty fancy features but not at the giant price tag that they command. Mike made sure he understood exactly what I wanted and what I was willing to spend and then found it for me. He understood what I was willing to compromise on what was non-negotiable. Never tried pushing something on me that I didn't want just because he had it on his lot either. Mike was an awesome salesman to work with. Thank you!
Nik helped me find the perfect loan for me and got me a great rate! I bought the extended warranty and he helped me pick the right one for me.
Overall my experience was great. The only negative I could even think of was that if I was dropping $30k+ on a truck, they really should have been willing to pick me up at the airport. The car rental was only $50 and a taxi ride was $100 so no big deal. Besides, with the car rental, had I decided not to buy the car, I would have still had a way home. There were no more flights back to Minneapolis that day and I had to work the next day. Drive home was wonderful. Easy and fun to drive and got great gas mileage.
Kind of sad to see the old girl go but this new truck will fit the needs of family much better. With 2 kids and a dog, the regular cab just didn't cut it anymore. Very happy with my purchase.
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