Terrible experience at Ray Skillman Southside Kia this
afternoon. After finding a 2022 Telluride online and confirming availability I attempted to begin an online purchase but had a few questions that I w
afternoon. After finding a 2022 Telluride online and confirming availability I attempted to begin an online purchase but had a few questions that I wanted answered before committing. My biggest need here was to have a quick turnaround for a vehicle as purchasing cars is always a nightmare experience that takes over 3 hours. I have a Director level position where I am unable to block off large portions of my day, and the single most important aspect of this discussion was that I didn't want my time wasted. After discussion with the Sales representative I was told that this was more complicated for the vehicle I wanted and that I would need to visit the dealership as these were first-come-first-serve, and he would happily help to expedite the sale. After taking the afternoon off work, and driving over an hour to the dealership, I met the salesperson. He requested the keys to the vehicle and was told that the car had just been promised to be held for a couple that was driving in from over 2 hours. I asked what time the other couple called, which was dodged, clearly indicating that I was first to the car. I was also at the dealership with cash in hand only to be told that the first-come-first-serve car was being held, against policy. I contacted the GM and after 2 conversations was offered to order a car without markups, which might I add is backordered for months. Pretty much adding insult to injury on the worst experience I have ever had at a car dealership. The summary take home is that, 1) this dealership participates in unethical double-standard sales tactics where customers are given special treatment in a supposedly first-come-first-serve environment. 2) There is very poor customer service and communication on the general sales floor indicating poor overall management from the top, which was confirmed after 2 unresolved conversations with the General Manager, who failed to act ethically and lost any future business and an immediate 40K sale. 3) My wasted time today equated to $251.25 of missed time, gas to and from the dealership, and an entire evening of compete rage and disbelief over a very poorly handled sales situation. I would strongly recommend looking elsewhere for a vehicle. Given my experience just walking through the door, I can't even imagine what kind of tactics and poor customer service would follow into the buying process, then downstream if god forbid, any service was required. This car dealership perpetuates the age old stigma of slimey car dealers and unethical salespeople. This is the type of business that gives car sales, and the sales industry overall a bad name.