Internet commentators were eager to praise a woman who followed a car dealer’s instructions too good.
In a viral Reddit post posted to r/MaliciousCompliance, Redditor u/dumpster_fire_15 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said she had been in the market for a new car for months and explained how a pushy CFO extended the buying process even longer.
Titled “I don’t like it, leave”. the post received nearly 29,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments in the past day.
“My husband and I bought cars because I had a car accident at the beginning of the summer,” OP began. “Our car was destroyed in the accident and it was a loooong process.”
Continuing to explain that the couple finally decided on the car they wanted, the original poster stated that they had taken their children to the dealership, 90 minutes from their home.
The original poster also stated that after a final test drive, buying a safe car turned out to be anything but guaranteed.
“We did another test drive and were ready to sign everything. Then the games started,” OP wrote. “After waiting almost 2 hours…the finance manager started by trying to sell us all the add-ons the resellers were trying to get.
“We told him we didn’t want anything more…[and] all of a sudden there’s a dealership fee to sell us a car at this time of year. Almost $1,000 for this nonsense,” OP continued. “Then she states that if we don’t like the fee, we could leave, because they have people begging to buy them cars.
“So my husband and I got up to leave…I laughed at her and told her to go get one of those beggars to buy [the car]“, OP added. “So far the finance manager has called twice and the seller has called 4 times. I guess they weren’t expecting someone to go this far and then walk away.”
Although buying a car has never been a cheap endeavor, record inflation rates have made it nearly impossible for many people in the United States to acquire a new set of wheels.
Last June, data released by Kelley Blue Book revealed that the average selling price of a new car in the United States was $48,043, which represents a 12% increase from 2021.
Used cars, long considered a much cheaper alternative to new vehicles, aren’t much better, with CoPilot reporting an average sale price of $33,341 in June.
Unsurprisingly, astronomical prices have significantly slowed car purchases.
From January to July, new car sales in the United States fell significantly from a year ago, according to auto market forecaster Marklines. And although more cars were sold in August than last year, the 4.3% increase in sales was minor, especially after a month of July that saw an 11% drop from 2021. .
In her viral post on Reddit, however, the original poster said the car dealership claimed people were asking for new cars and they just didn’t need OP’s business, until she and her husband go out.
Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors praised the original poster for calling on the dealership to bluff and pull himself and his family out of a financially predatory situation.
“It’s okay not to fall in love with them [bulls**t]“, commented Redditor u/PeorgieTirebiter.
“Play stupid games, lose a sale,” Redditor u/Howard_James_Dudy wrote.
“Whenever someone is wrong in a high-value transaction, the best course [of action] is to leave,” added Redditor u/BluehibiscusEmpire. “Because if they are like this before the sale it will be much worse after you give them the money.”
Amid a sea of similar comments, Redditor u/ModingusKhan focused on the human element associated with a failed deal, inspiring a response from the original poster.
“I bet the look on their face was priceless,” u/ModingusKhan commented.
“It was amazing,” OP assured.