Originally Posted by Rodp
On all but one occassion, the salesmen were exceptionally arrogant.
Obviously there are many people that are willing to put down ~40k+ on a car they've never test driven but I certainly won't.
Hence, I'm not driving a Ford right now... and if I look at another one then the only place I'll try is the dealership that didn't treat me like I was a lepper.
Rodp, your not the only one mate.
I've had similar experiences with Ford dealerships. The pure and blatant arrogance is definitely there. Usually it starts right after the typcial quote "The Falcon is Wheels Car of the Year". (like I give a cr$#@$p ! has been my reponse back).
I cant wait for Wheels to announce their 2003 COTY (in Oct), so we can see all the propaganda (posters..) come down.
The next thing is the under-valuation of my trade-in. When I tried to trade-in my AUII, they under valued it by at least $2-3k of the real wholesale (not retail) value. So not only do they try to screw you on the price of a new car, but screw you on the trade-in as well !
The Ford dealers I have had some contact with are in Doncaster and Dandenong.
So I've decided to keep my AUII, which will probably slightly come back in value after the BA 'hype' is over. From what I can tell on other new cars from other manufacturers coming out, they are now heading down the path of the AU styling anyway (ie..Holden Commodore, new BMW 3 & 5 series, Audi's..etc).
The BA looks to much like an "old man's car", its a step to far backwards in terms of external styling.
So what I would order if I could would be an AUII/III body, but with a BA engine, transmission, suspension, and interior layout (minus the dry 'dog-nose' cheap looking dash...). My guess is that if I wait until 2005/6, thats what will be available anyway...