... or- how I tried to buy a 2009 American truck and failed...
Ok- I read the papers, I know the Big Three Car makers are in trouble. Being a conscientious American I thought I would help out by purchasing an "American" truck this time around.
I started my search on-line- it is after all the 21st Century. So, right off the bat I eliminated all Chrysler products- they make junk and I don't buy junk, GM- just didn't have what I wanted... so I settled on a Ford F-150 pick-up. I already knew how I wanted it so I clicked the box on Fords web site to get an "Online Quote"- that was my first mistake.
Why? Well, Ford doesn't give online quotes- nope- that's just a thinly veiled scam to collect your contact information.
I'll save us all some time here- I soon received about 15 e-mails from my local Ford dealer. The General Manager wrote, the Sales Manager wrote, a Salesman wrote... but no one sent an online quote.
Then the phone calls started- again, the General Manager, the Sales Manager, a Salesman and finally the Sales Manager again. Come on down so we can give you a quote they said...
Ahh, I've checked the inventory you've posted on YOUR web site- I'd like my quote on #123456 please...
I told them that one (or more) of us has mis-understood what an on-line quote is... it's, it's ONLINE right?
Now I'm pissed, but I went anyway. I met with Chuck at the Ford dealer.
Let me show you some trucks! Chuck was all happy and ready to go!
I know what I want Chuck- how much for this one?
Well, what are you trading in?
What...ahh, well, how much did you want your payment to be?
You must be putting down one hell of a down payment.
Nope, not puttin' anything down- how much for that truck- the one right there, 10 feet from us.
Well it's $*** per month.
What's the total Chuck?
Ahh, well, umm...
Hey- you get the idea- round and round we danced till I grew weary of the game and left... and went straight down to the Toyata dealer and bought a brandy- new Toyota Tundra.