DO NOT LISTEN TO THE GOOD REVIEWS. THESE ARE FROM PEOPLE WITH REALLY BAD CREDIT AND WERE DESPERATE TO BUY A CAR.
I am well off. I've had a successful business I built up from the ground up and sold for a lucrative amount. Needless to say, Mark Hidley did not know this himself. I currently work in IT as a hobby. My credit is bad due to student loans that are currently being handled by my attorney. I have another car financed through a credit union just to build my credit. With all this said and done, I went over to "Mark Hidley's Dodge" to look for a new car for my father. I said it was for me to test the waters.
I originally talked with Brandon, a young salesman who looks to be wet behind the ears as far as auto sales go. He is a little inexperienced from what I can tell. Really nice guy though. He prepared my papers, he asked me how much I had in my bank account to work something out with the finance company (I gave him some b.s. number like $10 k to start with ).
I came over the from Fresno to meet with BRANDON. I take a look at the car, test drive it, sit down with him in the office and gave him an offer. $19k. Just to start out from the 23,500 they were asking for the 2012 Dodge Charger SXT. He goes to work that out with the GM who happens to be Mark Hidley himself. I could hear them talk since his office is so nearby. I can tell Mark seemed irritated by the way he was talking.
So Mark comes over, greets my father enthusiastically. My father says i'm the one buying the car. I'm a young man, 35 years old, dressed business casual. Well he then turns to me with a less than enthusiastic greeting and sits down to talk "Brass tax".
Bottom line is, he insulted me by making assumptions on my credit history, salary, and appearance. I then played his game, reverse psychology. He seemed irritated and basically kicked me out of his lot saying there's nothing they can do for me. Oh really? Mark...I have more money than you in my account than you will ever have. As a matter of fact, the next day, I went to Lampe Dodge in Visalia, spoke w/ GM Ted who worked a deal himself. I paid cash for a 2013 Dodge Challenger RT w/ no issues there. As a matter of fact, Lampe gave me 1st class treatment. No joke.
I looked up the carfax on this car. This car is a potential lemon, already had electrical repair, bought 2nd hand through an auction via Enterprise rent a car. AS A MATTER OF FACT, ALMOST ALL THEIR CARS ARE AUCTION CARS. MARK HIDLEY EVEN ADMITTED IT HIMSELF.
BUYERS BEWARE. IF YOU ARE REALLY DESPERATE, THEN IT IS WHAT IT IS, BUT BEWARE. YOU WILL GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR HERE AND I DON'T MEAN THAT IN A GOOD WAY.
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Brandon (Sales), Mark Sidley (Owner/GM)