I found a Dodge Charger on line through Safford's website. It seemed to be an excellent deal, so I inquired further. The salesman I spoke to was Shaun Hall. I made an appointment to test drive the vehicle that evening. I did so, and liked the car. Afterwards, upon talking about moving forward with the purchase, I over heard Shaun and the finance manager (I do not remember his name) talking about this vehicle. As it turns out, they made a mistake when posting the price of this vehicle online. They were lowering prices of certain vehicles online, and had lowered the price of this one by mistake. However, they stated at the time they would still honor the price it was advertised for (which legally they have to anyway). The paperwork was written up for that price. i had not signed the contract yet, because I wanted to discuss it with my wife, but did tell them it was almost a sure thing, and I would be in touch with them the next day to confirm moving forward. The finance manager wanted me to bring in a print-out of the vehicle listed at the price everyone saw (which already made me skeptical) when I came in the following day. I asked to have it printed right then and there, but he stated they weren't allowed to do that. Interestingly enough, when I got home and pulled up that vehicle online, the price had already been raised back up (go figure). However, since the paperwork was already written up for the agreed upon price, the Shaun said there would be no issue.
The next day I contacted Shaun, and told him I would be in to purchase the vehicle. He said everything would be ready to go. Upon arriving, Shaun was finishing up with another customer. The finance manager brought me into his office, and proceeded to tell me they would not be able to give me the agreed on price for the car. He said they had made a mistake in lowering the price on that car, and could not sell it that low. He was going to have to raise the price back up, but as "a courtesy to me, they would split the difference". Quite simply, that is not my problem, and I told him so. The agreed-on price is what I expected to pay, and nothing more. He asked for the print out, which I explained I did not have because the price had already been raised by the time I got back home. His response was "Well, I can't call you a liar, but....". After about another 10 minutes of going back and forth, with him trying to jack the price up, and me refusing, he threw in the towel....but with an attitude I did not appreciate. He acted like I was doing him a disservice, and he was then doing me a favor. I left his office, and told Shaun I would not be completing the purchase.
These are cheap salesman tricks that do not work for me. I realize they made a mistake in their advertising, but that is not my problem. They told me they would still honor the price, then tried to jack it up at the last minute. And to top it off, when I told Shaun why I would not be completing the purchase, at the end of that conversation he simply turned his back and walked away. No "I'm sorry"....or anything. Not what I expect from a decent dealership. I am contacting my attorney as well, because they tried to jack up the price on an advertised deal, which is not legal. I will not recommend this dealership to anyone....quite the opposite.
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