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Snobby Dealers

I hate snobby dealers. I don't know why they have to treat potential customers
like dog ****.

I was just at Mercedes Benz, which was empty, but could I get
anyone to show me round the GLC? Could I ****.

They only perked up when they checked out what car I'd rolled up in.


And even then, "A test drive sir? Oh no we don't have any GLCs available
for a test drive. Maybe in a couple of weeks?"

What's that sir? A petrol? Oh ha ha ha! Sir must be joking...."


**** off. You're off the list.

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I went into a VW garage about 3 years ago just before we bought the Seat Mii.

Mrs. V was looking at a VW Fox, not a sign of a salesman, they were inside the building but showed no willingness to come and speak to us.
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It's the only "shop" where I'd expect at least a little bit of pre-sales
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Like a Parisian waiter gives that pre-sales boff?
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Last time I ventured into a Mercedes dealership there were notes all over the place saying "the cars are cheaper than you'd expect".
Tres snobbish.
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I went into a VW garage about 3 years ago just before we bought the Seat Mii.

Mrs. V was looking at a VW Fox, not a sign of a salesman, they were inside the building but showed no willingness to come and speak to us.
Our local VW dealer is really good both in sales and after sales.
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They only perked up when they checked out what car I'd rolled up in.
Whose car did you borrow for the afternoon?
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I don't mind it, it's the closest I can get to that bit in pretty woman when she goes back the next day and says ''big mistake'' when I drive round at the next possible opportunity in the father in laws Aston and tell them ''I bought it cash the day you guys couldn't arrange a test drive for me'' ...bl**dy funny...

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Whose car did you borrow for the afternoon?
My mum's ?
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Before Laura bought the mini we went to a merc dealers to look at the A class and the C coupe - we were in there probably 45 minutes in total and not one person even looked in our direction, let alone asked if we needed any help. It wasn't busy either
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A good few years back (1998) i went into Park Lane BMW to enquire about a 840 ci and judging by the salesmans demenour i didnt have two pennys to rub together and was snubbed even though all he was doing was faffing on his computer and made eye contact with me several times.

I eventually asked if he had a demo car but was told no car here but there was a z3 i could drive (like they are the same) but i took up his offer and we promptly set off down Park Lane and towards South Kensington where i worked.On reaching my place of work i thanked him for the test drive and got out leaving him with the car in rush hour traffic for his troubles.That test drive saved me a few stops on the tube.......

I walked out of my local Ford stealers recently as more than 15mins waiting is long enough to be ignored when the shop is quiet and there are salesmen just chatting amongst themselves..
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In 1998 I was buying a new Jag XK8. Just before signing on the dotted line I went into a Merc showroom to see the equivalent(ish) SL just to double check I wasn't missing out on a deal somewhere.

I walked around and was untroubled by a single salesperson until I'd obviously been in there long enough to annoy them as one of them leaned out of the glass office and called over to me that "there's no new stock available on any Mercedes cars for 6-8 months".

I looked across at him and shook my head slowly, so he walked over and asked me what I was interested in. I said "nothing now as I can get hold of a new XK8 in 4-6 weeks" to which he laughed and said I would be welcome to it as there is no demand for Jags and shouldn't that tell me something.

Amazing arrogance.
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I struggle with main dealers of any prestige car now, I don't like fake tan and don't have enough product in my hair to be part in of the Land Rover experience. I nearly fell over in my local BMW dealer recently when I thought I'd walked into Willy Wonkers Chocolate Factory because everyone was so orange.
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You wouldn't want a club that would too readily accept you as a member though?
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mercedes dealership need t have a worrd with themselves ,

they were just down right ignorant at the norwich showroom , i was quite interseted in a c class .due to their attitude to a saab driver it lost them a potential sale !!

must be a germanic superiority thing as audi shared the same indifference and disinterest .
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It's as if they know we really weren't going to buy their cars anyway?
When I used to drive Lancias the salesman said he could never underestimate the ability of a young person in jeans to turn up to buy an Integrale. Equally it was always hilarious seeing people all dressed up to get onto the posh stands at motor shows.
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Solidly ignored for 15 mins in our local B*W dealers.



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Had a look round a “pop-up” shop Tesla have in Multrees Walk (poshest part of Edinburgh shopping district, Harvey Nics, Louis Vuitton etc). They were unbelievably welcoming despite the fact that the majority of visitors weren’t there to buy – they gave full access to the Tesla S and were very happy to chat at length. I was shocked! (see what I did there!).
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We should turn this in to some sort of sport / game, to see how long you can hang around in a dealer's without being approached.

At this stage I am unsure of the dress code - possibly go in dressed as a clown?
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Mine is a bit more down market, a certain Vauxhall dealership. I arrived with my 16yr old Calibra to view a 1 year old Corsa VXR at the time, the VXR was a limited edition VXR and had a lot of toys, which was why I made the journey straight after work. I turned up wearing my scruffy work stuff (I am a gas service engineer by trade) and asked for a test drive. The girl took me round 30mph roads then back to the dealership. We got out and asked what I thought, obviously expecting me to walk away, not having enough money to afford the car (because of how I was dressed and the car I had arrived in). At this point I probably should have walked away, but I really wanted this specific car. Only when we had sat down for 10 minutes chatting, filing in forms she asked me what job I had, then her attitude towards me changed. I did end up buying the car. But I think the way dealers presume things about people when they walk in by the car and dress sense is awful. When we bought the Alfa Giulietta, this did not seem to be a problem, we were treated very well and we would definitely return, they couldn't have been more well mannered and helpful. The way it should be when your spending that much!

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Solidly ignored for 15 mins in our local B*W dealers.



Niiiiicccee.
Our local BMW dealer operates a hostess system, you have to wait at "reception" for one to come and show you round, no looking at the cars on your own... You might get mucky finger prints in it
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We should turn this in to some sort of sport / game, to see how long you can hang around in a dealer's without being approached.

At this stage I am unsure of the dress code - possibly go in dressed as a clown?

try this in Bishops in Guildford and you would need to take a packed lunch at the very least...I would pack a tent.
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