Who doesn’t love a car dealership? You show up, talk to someone in an incredibly ill-fitting uniform shirt, and take your dream car (which you absolutely can’t afford) for a spin. At least that’s how you hope it works — the reality is rarely so pleasant. Between surcharges, false advertisingand hold customers directlythe dealership experience is never as smooth as you’d hope.
Today we want to know your worst dealership experiences. Incidentals, dealer-installed accessories, the TruCoat they sworn they wouldn’t charge you for what appears on the bill anyway. What was your worst experience with a dealership?
My worst experience at a dealership didn’t even come from my own attempts to buy a car — I was helping someone other shop, and I came across a dealer with the worst inventory I’ve ever seen. Each car was interestingwhether by their prowess or their rarity, but they each had serious problems.
I had visited this unnamed dealership with my dad, who was interested in a used WRX sedan. The dealer had of them on the lot, an embarrassment of riches even in Subaru-loving New England. Unfortunately, neither option was viable: one had a dilapidated and ransacked interior, and the other had no functional power steering. The dealer wanted over twenty thousand dollars for both.
Lots of broken down cars is my worst dealer story, but I bet you all can do better. Have you shown up to sign the final papers for a car, only to have the price suddenly skyrocket? Were you locked up The box until you give in and pay for tire and wheel protection? Tell us your worst dealership experiences in the comments below, and we’ll compile our favorite answers into a slideshow tomorrow.