My Review Of Sunshine Toyota:
I have a preconception of car dealerships being unpleasant places to visit. Experiences with several other dealerships left me feeling pressured, disrespected and even bullied. The dealership in my hometown seemed to be fueled by machismo and cliché. To be clear, I am not a high-maintenance type. I don't go to a dealership to make friends or to have my ego stroked. I'm just a regular working guy looking to get a few questions answered, buy a vehicle I can afford, and go on with my life. Sunshine Toyota in Battle Creek had a good selection of reasonably priced, low-mile Priuses. So I took a half day off work and went there. I comfortably browsed the lot for 5-10 minutes without being mobbed by salesmen. When I approached the office, Bob Surprenant stepped outside to greet me. When I asked questions, Bob answered them directly and honestly. He gave me his perspective on the vehicles I was interested in, sharing pertinent points to consider and anecdotal evidence based on his experience. Bob seemed content with letting me take the time I needed to evaluate and test drive some vehicles. This made it a lot easier for me to sift through all the comparisons of mileage, price and options. When I had questions regarding price, Bob got the answers for me. This is in contrast to the dealership in my home town, where I got handed off to a different person every time I had a question about the money side of things. I liked the continuity of dealing with one person. I finally decided on a car, and Bob helped my insurance agency get the policy document faxed over to the dealership. It was not until the very last step, when I actually signed the check that I had to talk to the "finance" guy. And for the record, Dennis (the finance guy) was straightforward and businesslike - no patronizing, no muss, no fuss. I recognize that everyone is different, and some people want different things when shopping for a car. If car dealers were cups of coffee, I would rank Sunshine Toyota as a good cup of regular ol' joe. Good vehicles sold in a comfortable atmosphere by down-to-earth people. If you like that kind of experience, I believe you will find Sunshine Toyota satisfactory.
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