I've had to edit my comments at the risk of being too long-winded. The Readers' Digest version is this: after deciding to purchase my VW on behalf of a family member at lease end I was told by VW to deal directly with the dealer to streamline the process. Of course, there's also a profit for the dealer but I'm alright with that if they make the process easier. Dealing with the finance manager at this dealership -Craig Dotoli- turned out to be an exasperating experience. The requested sum of money was paid to the dealer, including all motor vehicle and registration fees for the out-of-state transaction. By the way, this final sum was several hundred dollars higher than the initial quoted price and was not really satisfactorily explained; yet, I wanted to complete the transaction and wanted to trust the integrity of the dealer. (You can stop laughing now!) In summary here 's what happened: a) the car couldn't be driven for ten days after the temporary plate expired because the dealer didn't realize they had already received the necessary paperwork from VW and that it was just sitting on someones' desk in the interim; b) calls to Craig Dotoli during this period resulted in not a single callback; only persistent calling got me through and his explanation was "we haven't received the paperwork yet"; c) the registration fee had not been paid to the state even though this fee was specifically paid for with my check. Item "a" is excusable as a normal screw-up that could happen anywhere. But the persistent lack of communication from the finance manager was intentional. He's one of those people who uses voicemail as a "do-not-disturb" sign. Worst of all, the registration fee that the dealer collected from me was not paid to the motor vehicle bureau. No explanation has been forthcoming. This is a nice, clean-looking dealership but I was treated very shabbily by their finance manager who, with his profit in hand, just wanted me to disappear. Caveat emptor!
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