I had a very disappointing experience in April of 2018 with Arrowhead Cadillac. I was trying to negotiate a deal for the trade-in of my 2016 SRX “Luxury”, which I had just purchased from them one year previously, on another 2016 SRX “Performance”. I wanted more options that were available on the higher-trim Performance level.
I was very open and direct on my specific needs which I spelled out to their internet sales contact. I assumed they would be very flexible with me given they not only knew the car I had just purchased from them one year previously, but it still had very low miles, was very clean, and still had much “certified” warrantee. Much to my surprise, their “difference” figure quoted was unreasonable given my research done online using car valuation services (In fact, I much later closed a deal on another virtually similar 2016 SRX for $7,000 less “difference” at one of their competitors).
I followed-up with a request for their re-consideration and an indication of my willingness to work more on a “win-win”. Their response was curt and basically shut-off all discussions without demonstrating any flexibility nor answering all my open questions.
This apparent dismissive and disrespectful treatment lead me to re-consider my concerns I had remaining from my original purchase one year earlier. Specifically, that earlier sale closing process including an unprofessional sales pressure tactic used by a sales manager, and more so, my rushed inspection of the car later demonstrated there were many chips in the body and windshield which had not been repaired by Arrowhead as part of their certification inspection process.
I ultimately presented all of this to Sales Management at Arrowhead, and quite frankly, it appears they not only tried again to ignore or dismiss me, but ultimately, they made excuses and incorrectly tried to blame me for shutting-off negotiations early on. Bottom line, they lost a customer, and I found a much more customer-focused Cadillac dealership and a deal which saved me $7,000.