I test-drove a car this morning, liked it, haggled a great price with the dealer (a price I honestly couldn’t quite believe they were offering, in fact), shook hands on it, and started talking to their financing department.

Then the sales manager comes over and says he’s made a mistake. He claims he miscalculated their best price, and he mistakenly told me a number that was $3000 too low. They’d be losing two grand on it at that price, he says. The apologising and backpedalling begins.

That’s the price we shook on, I say.

He can’t do it, he says.

It feels like an intentional bait-and-switch to me. I’m not that desperate for a car, so I firmly say no and walk out. Maybe they’ll sell it for that price, maybe they won’t. But I’m not going to be tricked or shamed into such a large purchase.

No wonder car salesmen have such a bad reputation.


2 Responses to “Salesmen”

  1. December 19, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    That is awful–the manager there should give you rock star treatment from now on.

  2. 2 Andrew_D
    December 19, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    That is pretty poor form even for a car salesman. Maybe better luck at another dealership?

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