Clifton Goldsmith, the GM, reached out to me over email and phone to get me to end my 2018 TLX lease 4 months early to go into a 2020 TLX. I previously had such an offer that was supposed to be lower than my current payments with lots of other benefits so went down where I wasted 90 minutes sitting there in a vacuum of no information and an unfriendly atmosphere.
When they finally were able to present numbers, instead of being lower than my $317/month payments, they wanted me to pay $470/month for a car that is essentially the same.
This time he was able to get me numbers without me having to physically be present. We came to an arrangement and he passed me on to a sales person to do the paperwork. I would have to pay a deposit or do paperwork before they could bring the car down from another lot in Texas. I went down there and after 2 hours of being told "10 more mins, 10 more mins" I left as I warned them I was going to do.
I get home and my phone rings. It's the sales guy telling me the information has finally been loaded into the finance director's computer (as if this were 1988) and to please please come back and just quickly finish the deal. I was annoyed, but went back only to find the place locked up.
I called the sales guy who had the Clifton Goldsmith unlock it and sit down with me. I'd never met him, but he told me he didn't know why I was back or why the sales guy told me everything was ready. It was not. In fact, they messed up everything in the computer (which they blamed on the dealership that had the blue 2020 TLX I wanted) and put in the wrong data. So, they'd have to start from scratch, he said, and that will clearly not make me happy so he's sorry we can't do a deal. He then basically threw me out.
I called Acura Finance to see what I could do to terminate my lease and relationship with Goldsmith/McDavid early. I had emailed him and asked, but he ignored me as did the sales guy who was really responsive prior. The rep was absolutely shocked and decided to call David McDavid to see what could be done. They hung up on her.
So, I called Tim Caldwell at Sterling Acura of Austin, even though it's far away from me, and he and his Finance Director, Jay Buck, and their sales guy, Phillip Huron, all worked together to get me a deal on the same car that was even slightly better. Literally, the same car. The deal was done in 45 minutes. They brought the exact same car down from the exact same other dealer in Texas without the need for a deposit or paperwork in advance. Then they drove it to my home, which was nice since they're so far from me unlike David McDavid. Then, at my home, Phillip did all of the finance paperwork with me – which took minutes, not hours – and then took me through all of the features of the car. He then drove back again today with the sunglasses I had left in my old car and my license plates. I never even set foot in Sterling.
But all of that is beyond Mr. Goldsmith and David McDavid. I found out later that the car had tinted windows, a trunk tray, special wheels filled with nitrogen and special grips and wheel locks... And that is why David McDavid decided to terminate my relationship with them after more than a decade and 1/2. Clifton Goldsmith clearly did not want to pay for all of that or ask me to do so on top of the other bungles they had already made.
He took the easy way out, which shows what they care about at David McDavid. Hint: it's not the customers. I hope someone with sense comes back to run that operation, but it has been on a downward slide for many years, so I doubt it.