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Old 12-04-2014, 05:28 PM
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I can only think of a couple of dealers in my area that had (don't know if that's still the case) all of their new vehicle inventory behind a locked fence after hours. I've seen several that only keep some vehicles behind the fence. In either case, I think most, if not all have on-site after-hours security personnel on duty. They usually don't bother anybody out there browsing, but I did have one co-worker several years ago that told me a security guard at one of the local dealerships ran him off, when he was browsing one evening, after closing time. The biggest problem I've encountered with after-hours browsing, is that some dealers block vehicle access to their lot after hours, so unless there is a side street where you can park (they always front a busy road or highway with no on-street parking), you might have to have someone drop you off, and wait nearby.

With the advent of the internet, and almost everybody with their inventory displayed online, there is less need to go around in person to see what's out there. But in my area, at least, it seems very few dealerships will do any kind of price quoting or negotiating for a retail customer, unless it is in-person.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:18 PM
Location: Out there somewhere...
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When I want to look at new vehicles I just drive into the service area and park there then go into the service office as if I was going to get some service, then I walk out over to the new car lot and look around. When the salesperson comes over I just tell them I'm having my vehicle serviced in their shop and I'm just killing time. They figure they're not going to get a sale from me and at that point and hand me a card and walk away.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by subject2change View Post
I haven't looked at cars in a few years, and I don't know if this is common now, or just a quirk of this dealership. I wanted to look at some new cars, didn't want to buy or take a test drive today, just get a better look than what you can see online. Lo and behold, the new cars were inaccessible behind the dealership (except for whatever was in the showroom). A young guy who probably worked in the shop, said you needed to get a salesperson to take you back there. Of course, I know I could have gotten one, and told him I just wanted to look around a little today. I just really didn't feel like going into the showroom, getting some help, and possibly get someone who would be a pest. It was just supposed to be a casual stop on my way to doing an errand. I just left and ran my errand and I was a little annoyed. First world problems, for sure. But is this how it is everywhere now?
No vehicle on front lot? Its normal for some to be in back lot and access to be restricted. Some just arrived and not serviced for front display and other going to regional dealers waiting to be picked up and already sold. Must be a lot of problems in your area.
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Old 12-04-2014, 07:47 PM
Location: zone 5
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It's a very low crime area, although I guess car dealerships could be having problems I'm not aware of when other businesses aren't. I think they are just set up strangely, from what everyone's saying. I usually pay no attention to car dealerships as I drive by, so I don't know how any others are set up. I'll have to start paying attention just to see.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Tourian View Post
The back lot may be packed in tight and if people were allowed to mill around back there they could cause a bunch of door dings. OR, if riff raff get back there, stuff like floor mats, tonneau covers, stuff like that may come up missing. So they'd rather you only look at what they have up front. Deal with it or don't.

I'm sure the vehicles are locked so it's not like people could get in them anyway.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:41 PM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No, here you can wander around and look at any of the cars all you want. If the one you want is not there, a salesman may take you into the back to see one that has not yet been prepped for sale, with the shipping plastic still on it, but those ready to go are all accessible. When we bought our 2014 recently they handed me the keys and said "take it out for as long as you want" and the salesman didn't even come along for the test drive.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:45 PM
Location: sumter
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I saw that here just this week ,and I asked one of the sales guy why were the 2015s out back. He told me that they had just came in the night before and they haven't had time to check them out and processed them in yet. This was at a ford dealership and the same thing at the dodge dealership, I wanted to see the 2015 challenger scat pack. But the challenger is now out front as of today. I usually just stroll the lots after hours or on sundays if I don't want to be botherd.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:08 PM
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That is odd. All of the dealerships I have ever been to you can just go and look at the cars. Sales people will probably approach, but if you ask them not to bother you, they will probably just give their business card and leave, not to risk pissing off a potential customer.

What brand is it?
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:32 PM
Location: zone 5
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It's Honda. My husband bought a Honda several years ago, at another dealership, and I know it wasn't like that at all. I thought things might have changed in general, but apparently not.
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Old 12-04-2014, 09:43 PM
Location: Sarasota FL
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Many dozens of every make dealers all over the place in my area with open lots 24/7. Most on major roads. I went to 2 Honda, Kia, Hyundai dealers. Walked around looking at cars and no sales person even came out to try to sell me a car.
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