* I found a 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT with low mileage and a manual transmission for sale at Pugi through CarGurus; priced at $11,980, but initially posted for $13,278. At the time of this review, it was on the market for almost 3 months.
* Through another dealer, I found a 2014 Elantra GT (same options, but with an updated engine) with 30,000 more miles on it, and I have a quote in hand for $9,000 (just a little over $10,000 including all taxes and fees)
* I called Pugi, divulged these details to salesman PETE DENBROEDER, and asked for his best price. He went to his manager, and came back with a price of $12,000 out the door, including all taxes and fees. Ok, nice.
* I considered this for a while, but emailed, saying that I did not want to spend more than $10,500. I also mentioned that I think I know what they paid for the car (I checked prices across three sites, and in very good condition, the value is $7,810-$8,915), so I thought they would have wiggle room. Even so, I did not expect them to change their offer, so I thanked Pete for his time, and wished him good luck with the sale.
Everything up to this point, I think was fair game. He gave me his best price, I gave him my best price, knowing full well that it probably wouldn't be accepted.
Here is what got me mad: Pete emails back, saying that he already sent me his best offer, and then accused me of playing, "old school games".
I thought we were negotiating like civil human beings, and I sent my last email thanking him for his time, but I get an insult in return. NO respect.
So my recommendation is to take a hard pass on Pete.