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It followed me home. We're still determining if we can keep it or not.

It's a 2005 Hyundai Sonata GLS Sedan. It's clean, it runs really well, gets acceptable MPG, and the payments ... well, they won't be crippling, at least. I'm still going to have my mechanic, Pete, take a look at it on Monday. We've accepted it on test; the dealership can work with the numbers we gave to them for payments and if everything checks out, we will sign the papers on Monday afternoon. I'll be transferring my plates from the Saturn, so I can remain "BIGWOOF."

We looked at two other vehicles today -- the first one being an absolute piece of crap. This included a very obvious need for a tune up, a noise indicating serious brake problems, rust on several engine parts, and a driver's side door which completely lacked a handle inside or out. (I had to crawl over the center console to get behind the wheel.) Why would any dealer actually show a car in such terrible condition? Except possibly because it made the next vehicle look positively glowing by comparison. It still had problems, but mostly fairly minor ones except for the 'check engine' light which obviously doesn't say what's wrong except that something needs to be checked out. Of course neither these problems nor the problems on the first vehicle really seemed to faze the salesperson. He seemed rather uninterested in the whole process and while we didn't really get a bad feeling from the dealership, we really didn't get a good one either. I don't believe they were actively trying to rip us off, but I certainly wouldn't put it past them.

The final stop, the one from where the Sonata came home with us, was Honda of Kenosha. [ profile] bookwurm has had her Honda Civic Hybrid for several years now and we've had a good overall experience with this dealership, even if they weren't the ones that actually sold her the car in the first place. We came away with a good feeling -- much better than that we got from the other dealership -- and felt pretty happy with both the car and the terms of the deal.

More and better pictures when it's not dark outside!

Date: 2011-03-27 02:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If a car at a dealership has the 'check engine light' lit, I would high-tail it out of there faster than a bat out of Hell.

Either that car has a junked engine, necessitating avery expensive repairs, and should never be shown to customers, or it's on its way to become an car with a junked engine.
If the dealership can't be bothered to check the engine and maybe top up the oil, or whatever, who knows what else they don't bother to check. Or how long it has been in that state...

Audible engine or brake problems?

Selling a car with brake problems may actually be illegal. Especially if it's sold as a 'roller', not to someone who's going to trailer it away to their workshop.
Driving it is definitely illegal.
(Unless you happen to find something like my old Citroen GS, where the handbrake works on separate pads on the front brakes. Then you're allowed to drive at 'walking speed' to a workshop to get the brake problems sorted. )

The only reason I can think of for them to show you the cars, except for them being complete and utter idiots, is that you possibly came just before closing time, and didn't look like you could afford a 'real car', and therefore wasn't going to do anything but waste their time. And even then it was complete and utter stupidity of them.

Date: 2011-03-27 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I honestly don't think I would trust the dealership that showed such a car to actually fix the problems causes the OBDII warning. It's all too easy to just disconnect the battery and "reset" the test codes. This particular dealership was far enough away that it was a non-trivial matter to take the vehicle to my mechanic for inspection. The long travel time was part of the reason we took out a second car, mostly so we wouldn't feel so much like we drove that far for nothing.

We didn't drop in randomly; I actually called ahead and said that I was interesting in the first car--the one that was so bad. This tells me they not only didn't bother to prep a vehicle that someone was specifically interesting in viewing, but they were willing to list a vehicle without it being even remotely ready. Very stupid of them indeed!

Date: 2011-03-27 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That makes even less sense!

Here they had a 'nearly certain' sale, and they go and botch it up like that?

There's only 3 possible explanations...

1. They had a hairebrained scheme to try and get you interested in one of their more expensive cars. Was this a used-car lot, or a dealership selling off cars people had traded in?
(In the last case, they may have wanted to entice you to buying a new car.)

2. The salespeople are trying to drive the owner out of business...
(But in the economic situation as it is, who would want to do that? )

3. The lot is a front for a chop-shop...

Date: 2011-03-28 04:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
She looks good with the floggers!


Date: 2011-03-28 01:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The color is very much you!
I hope it stays in your very good home.
Love you!

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