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Old 12-05-2014, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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One of the best ways to browse a lot of cars and not have any hassle or any sales people bother you is to go to one of the big annual auto shows in a major metro area. I went to the LA Auto Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center just before Thanksgiving, and looked and sat in dozens of different makes and models of cars in just a few hours.

The auto manufacturers, not the local dealers are the ones present at the big car shows. Aside from Tesla, none of the manufacturers sell direct, so that guarantees that sales people will not be selling you a car at the car show. Some cars are available for test drives. No hassles, no sales pitch, no pressure. Lots of friendly people standing around the vendor displays, and some of them can actually answer questions about the cars or trucks, and some are just there for eye candy.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Way up high
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It's called they are protecting their inventory. Why would that be so odd to you that they don't want you milling around their back lot?? None of the dealerships I worked at allowed it. It's also a insurance liability as well if you are not escorted by an employee is insured by the dealership.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:38 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in America
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I've bought cars in 2 states and in 2 completely different areas of one state. Make sense? Sounds weird. All 3 dealerships have the used cars out front. The new cars are out back. They are parked so tight that they have to get them out for you because if there is any damage, you're paying for it. This was true at the dealerships I shopped at where I didn't buy except a couple had 2 lots - a left one and a right one. One had the new cars and one had the used cars. You still can't get the cars out or even up to them easily because they're packed like sardines.

You want to do research between a 2014 and a 2015? Go to the manufacturer's website. For many models, whatever is on the lot for 2014 is what you can get so if there's s feature you want and the models on the lots don't have it, you're out of luck.
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Old 12-05-2014, 09:51 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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^^ Well, so it's not the only place with all the used cars on the part of the lot you can get to. Hmm. Anyway, I have looked online, looked at the 360 degree views. Maybe I'm just old (I prefer the paper yellow pages to dexknows etc, for example!) but, I'd like to see them in person. In peace. Maybe I can, if not I'll deal with the sales person.
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:50 AM
 
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Sometimes I just want to look on my own and I politely tell the salesman that. If they are pushy and will not leave me be, I say...

"The more you "help", the less I buy!"

If they still don't get it, I leave and go somewhere else.

Other times I do want their help and have a few questions to ask - but these days they don't know much of anything, so pointless.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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We went to look at cars this summer and it was weird. The used car salesman HAD to take us into the dealership to meet the SALES Manager like it was some formal event. They had to get a whole bunch of our info and of course there was followup from Ford to make sure we had been through the appropriate process of meeting and greeting.

It was like a 19 point inspection of us as buyers. There was very little actual talk about the cars! IMHO they have to make you really want the CAR before the process of the sale begins.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:06 AM
 
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...They had to get a whole bunch of our info and of course there was followup from Ford to make sure we had been through the appropriate process of meeting and greeting...
I had a couple of real estate agents try to get me to sign something before they would give me any listings on homes for sale. They quickly decided to change their policy when I turned around and headed for the door!

(The customer is boss!)
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Old 12-06-2014, 08:36 AM
 
Location: zone 5
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We went to look at cars this summer and it was weird. The used car salesman HAD to take us into the dealership to meet the SALES Manager like it was some formal event. They had to get a whole bunch of our info and of course there was followup from Ford to make sure we had been through the appropriate process of meeting and greeting.

It was like a 19 point inspection of us as buyers. There was very little actual talk about the cars! IMHO they have to make you really want the CAR before the process of the sale begins.
Buying a car is a lengthy enough process as it is without all this nonsense! Corporations in general seem to be doing a lot of things that someone decided was showing attention to the customer, that really wind up being an inconvenience to the customers.
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Old 12-06-2014, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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How else are they going to give you the "hard sell"? They are there to sell cars not entertain customers.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:25 AM
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Location: Houston, TX
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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.
No joke. I can't stand the car buying process. It's torture unlike any other-irritating, pushy salepeople, an endless wait just to get the price of the car (I always buy used), another wait to test drive, then there's the wait for negotiating the price. Then I take it to the mechanic to get it checked and if the car fails my or my mechanic's test (the last time I bought a car I had to do this THREE times), I have to start all over with another car. Then another long wait for financing, then leaving when I'm not interested involves another round of harassment from salespeople. Ugh. No wonder I drive my cars until the wheels fall off
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