I live in the midwest, and found a vehicle I liked at European Auto House. Advertised price was 129,999. In writing, they offered me the vehicle for 127,000. I was very happy with the deal. Two days later the manager "Michael" told me his assistant "misspoke" and that she was only authorized to give me $2000 off the advertised price, and that I would have to pay $127,999 if I wanted the vehicle. As it was still a pretty good deal, and since I already had the feeling his assistant didn't really know what she was doing, I agreed to pay the higher price. I put money down on the car, and commenced to communicate back and forth with them to arrange the purchase, pursuant to an inspection.
I paid $350 for an independent shop to inspect the car. Everything checked out, and I was waiting on them to send me the contract, and was going to wire the funds within 3 days. They went silent on me for 36 hours, very unusual since I had been in touch with them almost constantly since the inspection had been completed.
I finally got a call from Michael. He apologized for his silence and explained that his "bosses" wouldn't let him sell me the car for less than the advertised price of $129,999. I couldn't believe it. I have a business of my own and would never consider treating anyone like that. Not to mention that there was no reason for me to trust this guy any longer. That kind of B-S is amateur, and Michael should have hidden in shame. If his "bosses" truly dumped on him like that, they should get out of the business. The advertised price was still a decent deal, but at this point, making the transaction from half way across the country, wiring all the money in advance of receiving the vehicle, I had no reason to trust that anything good would come from this deal. I was admittedly irate. Michael kept empathizing with me, which just made me more irate. What a bunch of yokels.
To his credit, Michael did agree to send me a check to reimburse me for the inspection. He did send it, and it did not bounce. That said, be on your guard with these people, as you may find it hard to trust what they tell you even if they put it in writing.