When my family unexpectedly had to buy a new car, I thought it was time to get the car of my dreams, so I stopped by to test drive a very reasonably priced Mazda Miata. A sales person, Terrence Whitehead, took me on a long test drive, on the freeway, in a tiny convertible with the top down. I'm sure he was terrified, but he kept the conversation going. As we talked I told him about my 60 mile daily commute, in all weather, and the drawbacks of a sports car. He flat out said, "You don't need this car!" and tried to steer me towards a car that would handle snow, rain, everything. I had other stops to make and said I would ponder his suggestions.
The next day I studied the used car Mini inventory. Actually, I memorized it. Back to Terrence and this time we drove a very nice Kia Optima. Well, it felt like a boat, and we actually passed a really old lady driving just like it. I think she knew Terrence. He reminded me of the Kia Rio they had, reasonably priced, still under warranty and a sporty red. after much haggling, sweat, me waffling, etc. I put down money on that car, saying I'd be back with a check the next day.
Well, every time I thought about driving that Rio, my stomach hurt. It was a fine car, but my current car was sporty, manual shift, curvy. It made me sad to turn 50 and have to drive a sedan, albeit a cute one. I prayed ALL DAY, and on the way over I told my husband that when we got there I was going to ask Terrence if someone had brought in my sports car, with front wheel drive.
Poor Terrence. He had that Rio all spit shined. But he admitted I looked pretty sad for a new car owner, and let's walk around. And sitting there, in the drive, was a beautiful 2014 Toyota Scion TC. Manual, sporty, Bluetooth, panoramic sun roof, hatch back, alloy wheels - I could go on and on! He took me on one last test drive (poor man, I told him I had seen him more than my kids!) and I knew it was what I was missing! Not only that, but they gave me a great deal! I can't even tell you, because I think it would take money from their pockets if I gave people the idea that all the deals are that good! Let me say, glad I signed the agreement before they found the sales receipt from 6 months prior! And the manager did it in honor of my birthday :)
Let me say this: I loved my Tiburon, but this TC is the nicest car I have had the privilege to drive and Terrence and crew are the reason I have it. He was patient, fair, and when he knew that it would not be in my best interests to have that convertible, he told me so. If I had to buy another car today, I would go to that group and work with them. Terrence looks at things in the long view, which is why I'm sure he has repeat customer. Bravo Terrence, and God bless!