In the past, Car dealerships sent me into panic attacks. Even though we have come a long way, as a woman at a car dealership I always felt like bait. I felt like I had to bring my A game, know exactly what I wanted and be tough, strong and relentless in getting it. That was until I came to Mini of Portland. After reading reviews on this site I went to Mini of Portland and sought out Peter Hisey. Simply put I wanted the best and I do rely on reviews because they come from real people.
So I went in wanting a red convertible Mini Cooper, because I am breast cancer survivor, a middle aged Mom and I wanted to look hot in a little red car. I met Peter and he started asking me questions. Why a convertible? Why Red? What do you like to do for fun? How often will you drive and where? Whats your favorite color? Then he asked my daughter. Does you Mom like to have her hair flying around in the wind? I was skeptical, At first I thought he was trying to talk me out of my little red convertible because he didn't have one and he wanted desperately to sell me something a out on the lot, then I realized he's just trying to get to know me. He wanted to put me in the car and I would really enjoy, not one that I would like for about five minutes and tolerate for 5 years.
The truth is the color red bothers me, if fires me up and in someway kind of stresses me out, I don't feel peaceful wearing or driving red anything, and the convertible? I am the polar opposite of someone who would drive a convertible, if my hair were to fly all over the place in the wind I'd have to pull off the side of the road put it in a ponytail and then I would probably be cursing a convertible decision and have the hood up the whole time I own the car.
Peter just wanted me happy and that day I walked out of the mini dealership what a beautiful light blue hardtop Mini Cooper. It was gorgeous and the perfect car for me.
Our experience that day was so amazing that a few months later we took my English husband back to get his own mini. He had been in America a long time he deserved his own Mini, so we called that Peter told him what we wanted and by the time we got there Peter had a selection of cars with exactly what hubby wanted and I had a happy hubby.
So remember the beautiful light blue hardtop Mini Cooper? The car that was perfect for me? The car that I swore nobody in my family whatever drive because she was all mine. Be careful moms once your kids get a hold of your car you will never get the keys back. My new driver daughter was struggling to drive our Ford Fusion. I love my kids more than I love my car so she got in my Mini and it opened up a whole new world for her, she was driving safely and confident and I was losing my mini.
I went back to Peter I'm told him he's going to have to convince me on this one because new 2015's just weren't what I wanted. I felt they lost some of the originality of the older minis and I was well prepared to walk out. Peter asked is your car the perfect car for you? And I honestly couldn't answer that, I thought it was but suddenly I wanted more options. Peter suggested a certified used 2013 so I would have what I wanted but I asked him to let me drive the 2015's and I would make my decision. Peter handed me the keys and said just try it out, No pressure no hard feelings just go drive the car and let me know what you think.
I took the 2015 Mini Cooper for a drive, got out of the car, handed Peter the keys, looked at my daughter and said enjoy your mini, this meant she could keep mine and mama was getting the new Mini!
The upgrades of the 2015 was exactly what I needed for my broken little body, they were amazing but due to circumstances I couldn't buy the car that day, I needed to wait a week, so Peter gets on inventory and we sort through papers on top of papers to figure out which car has what I want. Plop down a small deposit to hold that car for a week and when I came back my beautiful 2015 Mini was waiting for me.
We are now a three Mini family we could make our own Italian job movie! And it's all because of the hard work, kindness, compassion of Peter Hisey and Mini of Portland.
Life is stressful enough we should not have to worry or stress every time we walk into a car dealership. Peter has become family. My daughter calls him uncle Peter, this is because he makes you feel like family, he genuinely cares. Peter is such a top notch salesman he doesn't have to be here selling cars, I honestly believe this man could do whatever the xxx he wants, but he loves these cars as much as the new owners do, he drives a Mini and he wants each family to be happy in the car they purchase, so he gets to know you first and then you get to know your car. I guarantee you will be extremely happy with Peter, and extremely happy with Mini of Portland. So in closing I give the highest praise possible to Peter and Mini of Portland I have never had a car buying experience like this and our family will never go anywhere else.
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