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Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Vancouver, BC, Canada
Vehicle(s) that interest me
All of them.
More about me
Have been in the car business for over 10 years and still in it.
Vehicle(s) I currently own
2007 BMW 328i
  • Re: Sedan or SUV for long commute

    For low cost of owership I'd stick with a Camry or Rav4, and avoid a Hybrid, in case you are planning to keep it for 20 years and issues pop up towards later years of ownership with batteries etc.

    Mazda might be more fun to drive but they are a tad tight inside and might have a heavier ride and feel than Toyotas.
  • Re: Edmunds Members - Cars & Conversations

    I had some time to kill this morning, so I decided to check out the availability of the Golf R. The VW dealer up the road from my BMW dealer has a salesman who used to work at the BMW dealer, so I stopped by to ask him about it.

    Walked into the showroom and after a couple of minutes a young guy asked if he could help me. So I asked him if my salesman was in(he wasn't). So I went ahead and asked when the Golf R manual would become available. All of a sudden an older guy sitting at a desk next to me barks out, ""Golf R? They all are ordered; we have two coming in and took deposits for them. The manual won't be available until the 2016 cars come out." Then he went back to whatever he was doing.

    That's certainly a great way to encourage a potential buyer; first off, I won't buy a car I haven't had the opportunity to test drive, and second, that arrogant attitude just pi$$es me off. The Golf R is a nice car but I'm not going to put up with jerks like that. I don't want a high-pressure sales pitch, but offering some literature or similar would have been preferable to Mr. [non-permissible content removed]'s inventory pronouncement from On High...
    If it's a specialty vehicle with tight availability and deposits from potential buyers, you might have to wait a bit just to get a test drive. Most dealers will only get a handful of cars like that if they're lucky, and I'm sure the people who have deposits on them don't want anyone else driving them. Not to try and defend the arrogant sales person but with cars like that a dealer will have people coming in daily just wanting a joy drive with little or no intent to buy.

    I agree that you want to weed out the joy riders, but it's not like the car is a B6 or RS4. My local Mazda dealer acted the same way with their new Mazdaspeed 3s- which is why they lost my business in 2007 and will NEVER make a penny off me.

    Regardless whether it's a B6, RS4, or just an R32, the dealer is probably getting very few and likely pre sold all the ones they would be getting for the year. There's probably none available for test drives let alone to purchase. Keep in mind most sales people are looking to make a sale now, like today, or within a few weeks, couple months at most. A guy walking in to ask about a car that's sold out and will be sold out for the year is not an exciting prospect to most sales guys. Who knows, maybe you were the 10th guy in the door that day asking about it or wanting a test drive.

  • Re: I spotted an (insert obscure car name here) classic car today!

    Saw this 190SL on the highway yesterday evening. Looked to be in nice condition although looked a bit saggy in the rear.

  • Re: Mystery car pix

    My dad sitting in one when he was a teen in Poland.
  • Re: Toy, Model & Collectible Replica Cars

    Few cars i built out of Legos for my son: VW Vanagon with a flat 4 cylinder engine mounted in the rear connected to a working diff; and a Jeep Wrangler, also with a 4 cylinder engine (I only have a 4 cylinder block from Technic), with a driveshaft connected to a working diff.