First, I wanted the cheapest brand new Subaru Crosstrek I could get my hands on. I just kept calling dealers who could get the price down on a cash purchase with my savings. I went to Albany, Diablo, Marin, Napa and Serramonte in the Bay Area. At Serramonte I got a quote for under 20K for a stick, dark gray model and went over to test drive it. I was hoping to find a different color of the same model because the dark gray seemed a bit 'gangsta' for me. On checking the computer, I was told that there were blue manual transmission models similar at Gold Rush in Auburn and Elk Grove. Gold Rush could not match the Serramonte price nor could any of the other dealers. I then called Elk Grove Subaru and spoke with Dave Melo. I told him about the price quote at Serramonte and asked if he could match it. After some inquiries he made with the office staff, he matched the price at Serramonte! After getting the verbal handshake and assurance, I jumped on Amtrak and headed for Elk Grove. I met with Dave who had the car ready for a test drive. I fell in love immediately. Just as our agreement stated, I got the Crosstrek XV for the exact price we had agreed upon. Dave was extremely helpful getting all the paperwork filled out and even took time to pair my iPhone to the built-in bluetooth. What I enjoyed most was his honest and personable manner without any of the hype and fake friendliness with which auto salesmen are often, and sometimes unfairly, characterized. After cutting a check to the finance officer, I hopped into my new Subaru and drove it back to the Bay Area. When people admire my blue Subaru, you can be sure that I will tell them where it was purchased and encourage them to go see Dave Melo.
Brian Lewis, Richmond, CA
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