I would recommend this dealership with a caveat. On first contact via phone the salesman, Robert, was amiable and all. I was asking what the total cost (out the door) would be on an asking price of $9184.00 on a 2004 Trailblazer EXT with 77k. The dealer fees, tax, etc. put it up well over $11k! That's around 20%. I said I couldn't accept that, and was told that they weren't making anything on this vehicle as it was (always a lie). I don't like being lied to, and I don't care, it isn't necessary. However, I told myself that this is a used car dealer, and tried to ignore it as a normal sales tactic. When I couldn't get them to budge more than a couple of hundred bucks, I gave up and basically walked. I didn't want to spend over $10k.
What do you know, a day or so later Robert called me back and asked if they knocked off one of their two huge dealer fees ($600) whether I'd buy it. Wow! They were willing to lose money just for me! (Riiiiiight). I thought about it. Still over my $10k limit. Still almost $1500 over the advertised price. I told him I'd talk to my wife.
In the end I didn't commit over the phone. I was calling FL from Maine. I was flying down anyway. To his credit, Robert had offered to give me a ride to the dealership from where I was staying, but I rented a car instead. I can just imagine the sales pitch if I had been standing there at the dealership without a car to drive off in.
The car looked good and ran well. It had a few signs of wear and tear from it's 77k, but overall pretty nice, with the 4wd and 3rd row seats I required. It had had about a gallon of ArmorAll type product slathered all over the place, and new pin stripes, things I would have preferred not to pay for. More sales tactics. I could hardly hold onto the wheel, it was so slippery, and with rain falling on the inner door handle it was getting goopy. Yuck. Worst of all, they wouldn't put any kind of warranty on it, saying that no dealership would because of the year. I checked. Most offered one as part of the sale, either a 90 day power train or a 1000 mile, that sort of thing. Another lie. Then they tried to sell me one for $1600. Very insulting.
The real reason I bought it had less to do with the dealer than with my own logistical needs. Of all the vehicles I found that might have fit the bill, this one was the closest to where I was staying. I got a pretty nice car early in my stay and was able to return my rental and not spend my whole time in FL driving around car shopping. I decided that was worth the extra $500 I ended up paying beyond my budget. In similar circumstances, sure, I would buy from Plattner again. I took a risk, though. Without a warrantee, if I'd called them up on my way home with car trouble I'm sure they wouldn't have helped me out one bit. They made their money. Bet this car auctioned for about $5k.