My daughter was run off the road by a drunk driver and crashed her first car. I have never seen her so sad nor heard such heart wrenching crying at her loss. Personally I am just happy she walked away without injury but still felt her pain. She began looking for a new car on 3/20/2018. She had a specific type of car in mind, Toyota Camry Solara, as she heard Toyota's can go for 300,000 miles if car maintenance was kept up. Her mother took her to see approximately 30 cars at several large and small dealerships. ALL of them found on the internet seemed to have great images and all spoke of fantastic values and what great cars they were, all with a clean Car fax.
ALL OF THEM were lemons. At 1 dealership she was shown a car. She and her mother test drove it. They both said it was AMAZING so on a Saturday I drove from Bay area to Sacramento, picked her up and went to see the car. We then test drove it and it sounded like the transmission was chewing metal. The assorted squeaks and chattering from several things were so loud you could not hear yourself talk. She started crying and said the car did not sound or drive like this the night before. Turned out when she inspected the car closer that it was NOT the one they were shown and test drove the night before. Talk about a Bait and Switch, what they did I would think is criminal.
She continued her search then sent me a link to one she found in Pleasanton at Auto World and asked if I could go out and take a look at it.
I drove out there and could Not believe the car that I found and purchased.
The images did not Even compare to the beauty of the car. Everything about this vehicle was absolutely phenomenal. With 165,000 miles on it, the motor turned over like it was new. When test drove there was not 1 squeak, chatter or grinding sound what so ever. The wear on the interior was Less than what would be expected in a 2005 and it did not smell like an old forest. The tires almost new. Every electronic system worked! Absolutely Incredible!
The salesman and GM I worked with were absolutely wonderful people. If I lived in the area I think I would actually visit them from time to time just to socialize. There was No pressure what so ever in the purchase of the car. Actually the car really sold itself so most of the test drive we talked about other things in our personnel lives.
Then there was the price. I am not going to divulge how good of a deal I got but I will tell you this, in a few months my youngest daughter graduates and I have to purchase another vehicle for her. I will be going to Auto World right from the start this time. Not going to spend countless hours searching online and traveling long distances when I need to get a car. The money I saved from what they were asking to what I actually purchased the car for will easily cover the cost of having an upgraded Stereo System put in. :-) Now THAT totally Rocks!
I will begin my next car buying experience by first going to Auto Worlds website that makes it very easy to see their inventory. For your convenience they are located here: http://www.autoworldpleasanton.com/
Jamie and Mo, I again would like to thank you for the wonderful deal you gave me on the car. It was awesome when my daughter arrived to pick it up. There is Nothing that makes a father feel better then when his daughter, tears streaming down her face from joy, gives you a great big hug thanking you. Repeatedly. :-) At least 10 times in the 15 minutes I turned it over to her. The sadness I saw her go through when she lost her first car became an Instant, distant memory as I watched her test drive her new one. I should have taken a picture of the smile on her face. ?
I have read some of the other Negative reviews from this DealerRater site and I will state that I just purchased the vehicle on 5/5/2018 but as of yet, there is not 1 negative thing I can say about this place. Save yourself some time. START here when looking for a used car. Check the web-site, if you find something interesting go down and check out the car and others on the lot. THEN continue with other dealerships. You will have a good starting point at which to compare other things you find. I bet you will come back to Auto World to purchase.
I wish everyone the best of luck in searching for a used car. It is Such a pain trying to find a good deal and a vehicle you feel confident won’t break down a few days after you drive it away.
We will see how good this car is, as the days go by. I will come back to this review in a month or so and give an update as to how well the car is still running.
Take care all, thank you for reading my post it truly comes from the heart.