I'm CEO of a non-profit company. On weekends I moonlight for a pharmaceutical corp. That's why I'm looking at an expensive ride like a Patriot.
I also kick puppies and scam old ladies in my free time.
Oh, and I own a Starbucks, so my drinks are all free.
Hahahahaha!!!! That was pretty funny. I only mention those things, because that is the stuff I see every day. Lawyers who make $250.00 an hour, a couple who both pay themselves $150,000 a year to run their own not for profit, and drinking Starbucks and then complain because they think the salesman is trying to get over on them. I see it ALL the time. It is crazy!!!!
I mean it with all my heart, that if you can go in with an open mind, find a guy you like and trust and let him earn your business, that salesperson will bend over backwards to make you happy. I know I would.
I am also serious about the whole mark up percentage. It is only on average, about 10%. Yes, that is $2,000.00 for a $20,000.00 car, but if you only knew the overhead to run a dealership, I think you would be amazed. Or even what the salesman has to do to get the cars on the lot ready after all these brutal snowstorms.
We try real hard to make it look effortless, and look like it runs smooth, but behind the scenes it is flippin NUTS!!!!
Now don't get me wrong, dealer principles do make a lot of money on their dealerships, but they do take a HUGE risk. Oh, and they don't make near what the old C.E.O. of GM made for running the maker into the ground and bankrupt. All the while with a golden parachute so after he is gone and we are all footing the bill to keep GM afloat he is still making billions. Oh and not near what the family of Wal-Mart makes, or the Smucker family for that matter.
Like I said, the dealers are so regulated, they can not get away with screwing anyone.
What is real crazy is how companies make millions on teaching us, the comsumer, not to let a dealer make a dime. That is crazy!!!!
I am sorry if I offended you, but you certainly offended me with your remarks on here first. Like I said, I would bend over backwards to earn your business if given the chance.
Today, I had a scientist from Ely Lilly ( the worlds largest drug maker), who makes a LOT of money come in at lunch time, take up 4 hours, half my day and never bought a car. So I din't make a dime. She was at least very nice and never mislead me. She stated from the beginning she was not going to buy a car today, but wanted a test drive, and all the imformation she could get her hands on, so she would know 1. if she even liked the car compared to other makes and models she is looking at and what was the best way to finance it. I gave her A1 treatment from beginning to end and hope that she will like my product, and myself enough to come back and purchase from me. Oh, and the price I gave her from M.S.R.P. is FAR less markup than the 10% the sticker has.
Once again, find a salesperson you like, have an open mind, and be kind with your words and the whole experience will be GREAT. If all else fails, let me sell the car to you. I have sold cars to people all over the world thanks to the internet, and even to a guy who lives in China!!!!