Wow, where do I start?! I'll start with the end: J. Bertolet VW provided us not only with a virtually new CPO Golf Sportwagen, but the best car-buying experience my wife and I have ever had.
First off, George, from the internet sales team, answered my inquiry quickly in a clear and polite manner. There's nothing more that I dislike than when I get short answers and incomplete sentences...and that was NOT George. He was kind and attentive. If he didn't have the answer for one of my questions, he acknowledged that and said that he would get an answer quickly -- and he did.
The car that we were looking at was so new that it hadn't even gone through reconditioning yet, but I had some questions regarding the interior and optional features and George was able to get all of the info that I needed and also connected me with the used car manager, Blayne.
Blayne, one of the sons of the original owner, helped me next and provided me with additional details, things that most dealers wouldn't have shared. Just like George, Blayne was very patient and kind while fielding my questions, never once sounding irritated or rushing me off of the phone. (Now, I know you're probably thinking...well, they just wanted to make the sale, but let me tell you this -- if you've gone car shopping at all, you know that not all car sales people are created equally...)
It took a while for the car to make it back from reconditioning, but they kept me updated the entire time and since we were traveling more than an hour to come see the car that was very much so appreciated. When we got to the dealership last night, they had the car ready in one of their bays so that we could look initially out of the cold. The car was so clean, you'd have thought it was brand new. You'd think that this would be expected, but we test drove several CPO VWs at other VW dealerships and you'd be shocked with the state of their interiors.
Once we decided that we wanted to proceed, Blayne started walking through everything for us. Once we got to the financing portion, he passed us off to John Bertolet (obviously another one of the family). He was extremely pleasant and walked us through everything, explaining things in detail. Everyone took their time with us, which was very much so appreciated.
On a different note, the dealership appears smaller than some, but let me tell you, it's extremely nice. Not only is their showroom spotless, but warm and welcoming. There were a lot of smiling faces, too, even though we showed up quite late in the day.
Two more things. During our drive, the only thing that my wife noticed amiss with the interior was a small discoloration on the headliner toward the back of the car (in the cargo area) -- not a big deal, by any stretch of the imagination. HOWEVER, it appeared as though Blayne took the car back while we were working on the financing portion and spot cleaned the discoloration -- above and beyond! Also, as we were about to leave, Blayne came and gave us a brand new road-side safety package, which they were giving away with all CPO purchases. It was just a nice bonus that we weren't expecting.
Without a doubt, we'll be back. When it's finally time to replace my MKV GTI, I'll happily make the trip back to Orwigsburg to have this experience again. Do yourself a favor and go to these guys. I only wish I was closer so that I could get my cars serviced here regularly! Thank you, George, Blayne, and John. You guys were awesome!