Yesterday I had the absolute WORSE experience at Starling Chevrolet in Deland, FL. I inquired online about a Mercedes that I was prepared to buy, but I just needed some more information on it. I later received a call from Brooke at the dealership who advised me that they could explain everything about the vehicle if I come in. I DROVE an hour away to the dealership only to be surrounded by a group of salesman who had no knowledge about the Mercedes on their lot. While test driving the vehicle with salesperson Ray, I began asking questions about the car. Ray’s response was, “all I know is these cars are expensive & hard to maintain.” I felt completely insulted, as I had previously told him I’ve owned Jaguars and BMW’s before. I then realized the car was a little shaky and the service light was ignited, so I asked about that. Once again, Ray had no knowledge about service for the vehicle, and didn’t seem to care to find out anything for me. Frustrated, after test driving the vehicle I walked up to managers, Pete and Jeff, to discuss the experience I just had with Ray. In the most condescending way, Jeff replies, “oh that’s not good... I’ll have to talk with him.”
Never once did either of the other salesmen, Daniel or Carlos, try to step in and answer my questions. The two sales-managers, Jeff and Pete, never even got out of their seats to formally introduce themselves, or try to rectify the situation. Despite not having any knowledge about the vehicle, I would have thought I could have at least received good customer service.
I was WRONG!
I have never pulled the race card, but I truly believe that these white men didn’t think I was financially capable of purchasing this vehicle. Having that thought in their head lead every single one of them to disrespect and dismiss me.
I would NEVER recommend this place to anyone. In a time where their car dealership is completely EMPTY, I wasn’t even worthy of a formal greeting. No one deserves to be treated this way. It was disgusting and highly unprofessional.