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Old 12-04-2014, 09:56 PM
 
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It's probably a sales tactic. You have to get a salesman so you're going to get a sales pitch. I went to a Carmax like this once. You had to go through the building to get to the lot and there are about 10 salesman standing there ready to pounce. Very annoying.
I love Carmax.. Best buying experiences I have had there. All you have to do is say I am browsing and they leave you alone.. Unfortunately the ones around here are so busy you might have to wait to get one later after you are through looking.....
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:02 PM
 
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I tend to avoid dealerships that have a throng of salespeople waiting to pounce onto anyone walking onto the lot. I also established relationships with some dealers over the years where I could go look at vehicles without anyone really bothering me. They knew that if I was serious about buying a vehicle, I would go to them.

My most effective tactic, though, was to do enough research (very easy to do these days on the internet) so that I usually knew way more about the vehicle model that I was looking at than the salesperson did. The typical car salesperson doesn't like a customer who knows more about the product he/she is selling than he/she does because it means that the salesperson can't easily persuade the customer to buy something that they really don't want or need. Knowledge is power.
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Old 12-04-2014, 10:43 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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What I am surprised at is that I always find one or two vehicles that are unlocked. Keep pulling on the handles and one will open. This is a major risk. Just sitting in car can damage something, like the seat.
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Old 12-04-2014, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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I can understand why customers would need an escort. I used to sell furniture and you wouldn't believe what some lookie-loos would do to the furniture. People taking long naps on the sofas and beds and getting mad when they are awakened. A crazy person eating his lunch in one of the dining rooms. Multiple customers who brought in dogs and said they couldn't possibly buy a sofa their dog didn't like so the dog "had to" lie on the furniture. Kids getting food and chewing gum on the furniture.

Furniture dealers have to sell their showroom samples at a loss. Should we expect car dealers to do that, too? If you want to look only and not listen to a sales pitch, speak up. If your sales rep won't stand aside and be quiet while you look, then leave and go elsewhere. It's a reasonable request and one most sales people I know will honor.
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Old 12-05-2014, 02:35 AM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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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.
And it could be a insurance liability if the customer gets hurt in the back lot.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I like my local Nissan dealer because they will let me drive the vehicle around my city to try it out without a sales person in the vehicle. This dealer also doesn't push me to buy a vehicle at all.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:36 AM
 
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I cant wait for the day of no car salesmen. They're a nuisance to deal with. The last 2 cars I purchased, I went online to several different sites and did my research. Found the lowest price paid within a 25-mile radius and went in with the truecar printout. Told him flat out...."If you can honor this then we have a deal. If not then I walk and go elsewhere. I'm not here to play the you go high I go low game". He got it approved from his manager and it was done. If he made some money on the deal then good for him. It was a price that I was very comfortable paying.
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Old 12-05-2014, 08:41 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I cant wait for the day of no car salesmen. They're a nuisance to deal with. The last 2 cars I purchased, I went online to several different sites and did my research. Found the lowest price paid within a 25-mile radius and went in with the truecar printout. Told him flat out...."If you can honor this then we have a deal. If not then I walk and go elsewhere. I'm not here to play the you go high I go low game". He got it approved from his manager and it was done. If he made some money on the deal then good for him. It was a price that I was very comfortable paying.
That takes all of the fun out of it. For me, it's a game. I like to see how many times I walk away and the salesman chases after me. So far the record is 3, buying one in 2002. The last two, a 2007 and a 2014 were both a lot easier, but I enjoy the challenge of the negotiation process and never pay more than about $5,000 under sticker.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:02 AM
 
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That takes all of the fun out of it. For me, it's a game. I like to see how many times I walk away and the salesman chases after me. So far the record is 3, buying one in 2002. The last two, a 2007 and a 2014 were both a lot easier, but I enjoy the challenge of the negotiation process and never pay more than about $5,000 under sticker.
Did you also like to play catch and kiss as a teen and make believe you tripped so that you get caught? LOL
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:57 AM
 
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And it could be a insurance liability if the customer gets hurt in the back lot.

That is exactly what I was thinking.
An unescorted, litigious customer could claim that he/she was injured in that unsupervised back lot.

Having an employee present could help to eliminate bogus "slip & fall" insurance claims.
And, then you have the possibility of damage--either unintentional or actual vandalism--to the cars.

If I owned a car dealership, I wouldn't want strangers with unknown agendas to be wandering around my storage lot.

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