Horrible, miserable experience and most likely they tried repeated attempts at bait-and-switch.
This is not a recounting of remembered conversations. Absolutely everything I summarized here is in writing. After having a car dealership/salesman steal my identity three years ago, I am very wary of dealing with dealerships so I made sure absolutely everything was in email and text, verifiable and written and saved forever. I am more than willing to publish the string of deceptions for the world to see. I will certainly be sharing this with the DMV complaint department and civil authorities.
Bijan Albarian is a salesman there, and he has tortured me for almost 6 weeks. I did a test drive based on a good internet price, and then he and I negotiated a deal - all in writing - for the car. But when I am literally on the way there he says the car is not available. He wants to sell me a more expensive car, though. I insist he get a car to fulfill the deal and legal obligation he made. So for a month, he promises one is coming but not arrived yet, even twice giving me dates it will show up. I made obligations to sell my current car TWICE so I can pay for the new Range Rover all in cash, based on his assurances he will have the car he freely negotiated for in hand soon. But then the dates he gives me come and go and there is no car. I had to back out of the deals to sell my car because Bijan Albarian deceived me. This cost me money and damaged reputation.
Then he finally says he cannot get one and suggests a more expensive car at the Encino lot or the sister dealership in South Bay - he even sent me copies of the dealer invoice (if it was a real invoice; I now have my doubts) to prove what a good deal I was getting. He even told me to go to the South Bay dealership - 30 miles away - to look at the car and gave me very explicit instructions to NOT give anyone there my phone number or even my name.
I accept the price he gives me and make arrangements to buy the car... then he says that one is not available because it is being used in a movie. I tell him I will wait two weeks for it then, and then he says that it is not available either and again suggests I buy a more expensive car off the lot.
When I get angry at his dishonesty, he blames ME for being upset at his dishonesty (or maybe just incompetence).
When I demand to talk to his boss, he informs me that he IS the boss and there is no one above him to talk to. That is a lie.
I cannot believe this was just a few mistakes. This is a pattern. If it was one error, I can see that... but this was a pronounced, recurring pattern and Bijan Albarian did it again and again. If it is not purposeful and deliberate bait-and-switch, then it is gross and chronic incompetence. Either way, I would warn anyone anywhere against doing business with Bijan Albarian and Land Rover Encino.
I think Land Rover Encino and Bijan Albarian engage in bait-and-switch as a rule. Horrible experience. No one should ever go there.