While the sales representative I worked with, Earl T. Jones, was a professional from start to finish, the actions of the showroom staff and the sales manager Ryan Thompson lost every ounce of credibility and trust in your business. And showed me the lack of honesty and professionalism that your company treats buyers with.
I was in the final stages of signing paperwork on a 2020 Chevy Spark in Passion fruit color - when one of the staff was moving another customer's new SUV and backed into my (almost bought) new vehicle. Denting the car and scratching the tires. While I didn't see it, because I was signing paperwork, my family did. They saw the staff member reverse quickly, my car shake, and then others in the showroom all hurry outside. From there, the men outside brushed it off, started laughing and acted like there was no damage. Even after my family pointed out the obvious damage on the passenger side.
Then not a single member of their team made an effort to alert me the brand new car I was about to sign a binding legal document for had just been damaged on their property, by their team.
Thankfully my family, realizing what was happening, ran in to stop me. Ryan, who during the sale process was a "buddy-buddy-car-salesman," rushed over to pressure me to sign the paper immediately and told me he'd pop the dent out - "at no cost to you."
Which, at that point, was an affront because technically I didn't own the car, I didn't damage the car, and without a SINGLE apology he brushed the incident off and told me I wouldn't have to pay for what HIS team did.
I said I was not signing for a damaged and scratched 2020 vehicle and that I had no idea what axle damage an SUV could have done to that small of a car backing in quickly to the wheel area. He maintained it wasn't anything big and I just needed to finished the paperwork.
As my mom tried to tell Ryan it was more than just the dent, Ryan stormed away and ignored her, when he came back he was red faced and angry and snapped at me that it wasn't his fault the car was parked where it was. Still, no apology and at that point we were more than 2 hours into the buying process.
Earl tried to calm everyone down and assured me he would find another car - Ryan told me it "was in my ballpark now" and walked off.
For a moment I considered waiting for them to find another car, but then I thought about what happened and how dishonest the team (except Earl) is and how that type of behavior is what I would have signed on to for the warranty of the vehicle.
How would I know if during an oil change my car was damaged and their team tried to blame me? Koons showed me the sale and signature was worth more than the credibility of their company.
I am confident without a doubt that Ryan and his team would have let me drive a brand new 2020 car, dented and scratched, off the lot and hoped I not see it until there was deniability on their part. And ONLY because my family saw the incident was I able to stop the sale and protect my investment.
The entire Koons team and name should be ashamed of this shady pushy business behavior. While they may have had a good laugh at the incident at the time; selling $1 worth, let alone thousands of dollars worth of damaged goods to an unknowing customer is deceitful and no laughing matter.
To add insult to the matter, as I sat in my car trying to switch my insurance back to my trade in - a group of the entire (except for receptionist) team of men stood in the window and stared at me until I left. Which for a young woman who was already shaken by the whole car buying process was intimidating and aggressive.
I hope Koons is able to help their staff understand why this situation was handled in the worst possible way - and hopefully never treat another customer with the same disrespect and crooked behavior in the future.