I went into the local Ford dealer yesterday to make some enquiries about the XR6T. There were heaps of other people around doing the same thing so I just wandered around looking at all the new BAs until a salesman became available. I asked about the different steering wheels available (see my other thread on this) as I was confused as to the difference between standard, sports and MOMO. The salesman didn't know about a sports wheel and told me the MOMO was the same as standard except with coloured leather inserts and for $800 it comes as a package with matching gear knob. I told him this was different to the info I had found on the Ford website. He just gave me a strange look and repeated his earlier comment.
I then asked about insurance for XR6T through FordInsure. The salesman told me to ring NRMA or similar company as Ford don't do insurance. Again I questioned the accuracy of his information as 10 minutes previously I had looked up FordInsure on the web. He kept insisting that Ford didn't do insurance and I kept saying I was pretty sure they did. He reluctantly said he would go and double-check and sure enough he came back saying that Ford does
The salesman introduced me to this other young guy who does the insurance and finance and he took down all my details fed them into the computer and came up with a figure of $998, about $100 dearer than NRMA. No worries I thought, you don't know if you don't ask. The guy then suggested I try AAMI as his sister or mother or some other relo is insured with them and they are pretty cheap!
This guy then asked if I had a car to trade and I said yes my EB is just outside. I had asked the previous salesman for a quote and he said he wouldn't until I was ready to sign a contract! The young sales guy came out and looked at my car and started noting down the features and asking questions. Then the original salesman came (literally) running out of the showroom mumbling something about getting held up on the phone.
Anyway, to cut a long story a bit shorter
the salesmen said they would have to get back to me with a trade-in figure after they ring a few of their wholesalers and discuss it with them. I wonder if it's is this hard to buy a Commodore?