Re: BA XR18 18 inch wheels ex factory ??????
Mate, the other dealers are such a bunch of wankers, I walked right out. I don't know where you're located but I am in Sydney Metro, and I went to Sinclair Ford at Penrith, City Ford in the city, Thomson Ford at Parramatta and Hills Ford at Hornsby. With the exception of Hills Ford, I had nothing but idiots to deal with.
The guy at Penrith told me if I want SatNav I will have to wait 3 months (!) for the car, but conveniently he had one on the floor without SatNav that I could have "right away". The guy at City Ford spent 10 minutes telling me how cool he is and how big his dealership is and how bad he wants my business and how aggressive and unbeatable his pricing would be only to offer me fricken retail prices straight off the website + on road costs and an insulting trade-in on my Mitsu.
The guy at Parramatta... Omg... I went there on "End of finacial Year Sale" day. I did a test drive, the battery was dead and it took 45 mins to get started. After 10 mins of drive, I went back and he pulled this hard sell bullshit on me.. You know the crap where they get their manager in to "authorize" a really special "deal" for you if you committ right then and there. Ffs. I have been selling photocopiers for 3 years, dont come to me with this amateurish sh*t. Ultimately the "deal" was RRP plus on-road cost with a free tint and free scuff plates (they are like 30 bucks).... The trade in offer on my Mitsu was mediocre. I told them I will have to consider the changeover figure and get back to them. I made it clear I want to sign this week. I called back the next day and left 2 messages for the bloke to call me back, he never did - case closed.
At Hills Ford I got an older guy who didn't look like his life depended on selling me stuff. His delivery date estimate was reasonable, he called 3 valuers and offered me a reasonable trade-in. His price was pretty much RRP until he discounted it enough cover the onroad costs. He also put in some accessories and extended factory warranty and tint for free. This dealer was also the only one where I could inspect the workshop and who could tell me what oil they would using. All up, I saved 6,000.00 AUD and I am happy with what I have seen in the service Dept. The only minus so far has been that the guy I am dealing with has suspiciously poor product knowledge, i.e. tells me that the GT has a normal key ignition and no start button and that I don't need an alloy spare wheel :)
If I had found this forum before I went shopping I probably would have asked around for a good dealer.
Last edited by awlane; 07-07-03 at 06:14 AM.