August 24, 2013
I have been shopping for a new minivan for the past few weeks, and found a 2008 Dodge Grand Caravan for sale at Vandevere Buick at 300 W. Market St. in Akron, OH that I was very interested in purchasing. I contacted the dealership via their website around 9am on Thursday, 8/22, and had a chat session with Kristi Stevens, a Customer Care agent at Vandevere. I told her specifically which vehicle I wanted to see, and she informed me that it was available and she would put me on the "VIP" list to see it in person. I told her I would be traveling over an hour to come see the vehicle, and she assured me it would be there when I arrived.
I called the dealership that same day around 5:30pm, before I left my home to drive to Akron, to verify it had not been sold during the day. Once again, Kristi reassured me that it was there waiting for me, and I would be welcomed as a "VIP" when I arrived. I hired a babysitter to watch my 3 small children, and drove from Hermitage, PA to Akron, OH with a blank check in hand to visit the Vandevere Group and see what I expected to be my new car.
When my wife and I arrived, we spoke w/ Randy Browne and told him why we were there. He checked with one of his associates, Zachary Lawrence, and Zachary told Randy and us that the car was "missing". They have had other inquiries, and have not been able to locate it for 2-3 days. I was shocked that I could call twice on the same day I am coming to see a vehicle, have the dealership put me on their "VIP" list, and that whole time nobody bothered to check if the vehicle was actually there.
I expressed my frustration to Randy for having wasted over an hour of my time driving there, the money for gas, and the money for a babysitter, only to have them tell me they don't know where the car I wanted to see is. He made no concessions for the inconvenience. He even went as far as trying to strong-arm me into making a downpayment on the vehicle, telling me that when they did find it, it couldn't be held for me to come back and see if I didn't make a downpayment. I was disgusted that after the experience I had, he would try to talk me into putting money down on a vehicle he didn't even know if they had!!!
If this is how Buick allows their dealers to treat potential customers, I want no part of ever purchasing a vehicle from any of your dealers. Furthermore, I am expecting compensation for the gas and babysitting money I wasted due to Vandevere's deceptive sales practices and/or incompetence. I spent approximately $20 on gas and another $20 for the babysitter. It is very difficult for my wife and I, both working full-time and having 3 children, to get out for a night and look at cars. As I stated earlier, I had a check in hand and ready to buy. All I expected the dealership to do was take 5 minutes to ensure the vehicle they were advertising online, and told me by phone they had in stock, was still there before I arrived!!!
Vandevere has found a new meaning for "VIP", as they made me feel more like a Very Inconvenienced Patsy instead of a Very Important Person.
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