Folks, next time I think I'll hire someone else to buy my car. Here's an update:<br><br>Yesterday<br>It's bloody hot and my buddy and I are driven to a dirt lot by a salesman to look for an Xterra. The dealership sign proudly proclaims they have 91 Xterras in stock.<br><br>Heat and dust are the only things we find in the entire lot. I'm simi car sick by the time we get back to the dealership and the salesman says he found out they're are several in another lot. Oh, now he knows.<br><br>The other lot turns out to be two levels down in an underground parking lot. I find one that I like but the salemens electronic keypad doesn't work. I suspect the cars battery is dead. He then tries to open the lockbox to get the car keys. He doesn't have the right code.<br><br>He can't get a signal on his cell so he head upstairs. At first, this is a no biggie. My buddy and I chat as we take our time looking at the other cars. Now it's been 10 minutes, then 15 and no sign of our sales guy.<br>Suddenly, the fire alarm bells go off. These things were right by our head. We decide to leave and find the saleman. We can't go out the way we came in because the gate is locked and you need a pass card. Looking around we find a door that leads to another door that leads, at last, to outside.<br><br>There we find our salesman chatting to some people who I can only guess, work in the building.<br>It turns out, in his effort to get out of the parking structure, the saleman set off the fire alarm. Buzzers and lights can be heard and seen going off all over the building.<br><br>I never know what happens here because the salesman leaves and comes back with a car and we go back to the dealership. There I'm handed off to a dealer, the guy who works the price. It turns out the Xterra I was looking at was an Off Road. I didn't know because the lighting was so bad down there and we never did get it open.<br><br>So the dealer gives me a price of, are you ready? Thrity one thousand, eight. By now it's past dinner time and my friend and I are starving. I'm in a sour mood after this last adventure, but I don't want to be a complete jerk, so I tell the dealer, give me your best deal. He hardly comes down and I'm saying goodbye when he drops the price a grand. I was pretty impressed until I got home later to check the price on edmunds, but that's not until way later.<br><br>As dinner is wrapping up, I'm thinking I'd like to test drive the OR because I've read that the ride can be stiffer. I call the salesman and ask if they could have the car on the lot in a half hour so I could drive it. They say no problem.<br><br>I'm thinking it's a gamble that everything will go according to plan, but in for a penny, in for a pound. Well, we get there. No car. WTF?<br>The saleman says he's 'just' going to get it now. The lot is two minutes away. Okay, won't be a long wait.<br>Yeah, right.<br>30 minutes later there's no car and I'm feeling like a moron for standing around. The dealer tells me someone parked another car in front of the OR but the salesman is moving it. But I know it has to be the battery. Just as I'm getting out my car keys, the salesman shows up with the OR.<br><br>Okay, finally! Lets try it out... but first... but first what? He has to gas it up.<br>I let some of my frustration show as I explain in detail why I had called 30 minutes ahead. That they said they'd have the car ready. And the saleman has this pained look and says he's really sorry. What ever. By now it's night.<br><br>We get to the gas station and the saleman zooms out of the car telling me this'll just take a second, and smacks the drivers door in to one of the pillars of the gas station in the process.<br>A few gallons of gas and he's handing me the keys.<br>I get in, turn the key and ... you guessed it. Nothing happens. The fricken battery is dead!!!<br><br>I won't drag you through the rest of what happened. In short, they finally got it started. I drove it a few blocks and took it back. As the salesman was parking the OR I tried to find the dealer to let him know I was leaving. Couldn't find him so I'm bailing. Just as I'm pulling out, the dealer appears at my window. He's really sorry . Go home, I'll feel better after a good nights sleep yadda yadda yadda.<br><br>When I did get home, I looked up what edmunds says the Off Road sells for. After everything I've experienced, I think the dealer might come to a reasonable price. Otherwise, I have an S model lined up with someone else for the price I want. <br><br>Today<br>I just got a call from Universal City Nissan. The dealer who had been talking with me, just retracted his offer and bumped the price UP an additional 500 dollars. I don't know all the ins and outs, but he wrote down his price. I'm not looking to sue or anything, but I thought that once the price was on paper, it couldn't be taken back. <br>So it feels like Universal City Nissan is saying, we feel so bad for all the hoops you jumped through the other day, so here's an additional five hundred smackers we want you to pay us. Huh?<br><br>After all that went on yesterday and this is how it comes out?<br><br>Do yourselves a big favor everyone. If you're looking for a new Nissan, save yourself the hair pulling. Don't go there. <br><br>The other dealership, in Thousand Oaks just called and came down another 300 on his last quoted price. I'm leaving in an hour to go and pick up MY NEW XTERRA!!!! BooYah!<br><br><br>
wow, that sux.<br><br>why not just buy from carsdirect.com? they give a very good price, but it takes a little longer. i use them at the very least as a negotiating tool with the local dealers. <br><br>check out their price before you leave . . . just in case.<br><br>--<br>Straw-man rhetorical techniques are the practice of refuting weaker arguments than one's opponents offer. 2 "set up a straw man" or "set up a straw-man argument" is 2 create a position easily refuted, then attribute that position to your opponent.
Loc: Pacific NW, USA
That's outrageous treatment. I was going to post in your other thread and forgot to tell you I really, really like the Xterra. We would have looked at the Lexus but never got as far as test driving. We thought they would be good but hadn't checked into them thoroughly. Then we saw the Magnum and it was all over. The Xterra should be a great SUV. Congrats and enjoy!<br><br>
I'm with Sean... check out Carsdirect.<br>I used their price to buy my new car. <br>When the dealership told me they were as low as they could go, I told them I would pay so and so otherwise I go elsewhere. <br>I used Carsdirect for my own reference.<br>They did it, they came down to my (Carsdirect) price.<br>The reason I did not use Carsdirect is I preferred to buy from the nearest dealership for service. <br>I could have bought from Carsdirect and still used the local dealership for service however.<br><br>
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