Great used car buying experience
November 5, 2018
I just recently bought my first used car (2012 Toyota RAV4) and cannot speak more highly of the experience I had with Melissa and Elmhurst Toyota! I pretty much knew what I was looking for and had scheduled test drives of two different RAV4s at Elmhurst Toyota, as well as another dealership down the street. I went to the other dealership first, and dealt with a different salesman than the one I had been communicating with through email AND had a scheduled appointment with that morning. I was told everyone "worked as a team" and sat down with a salesman that had no idea what I was in to test drive. After 5 minutes, I was informed that the car I was interested in had been sold the day before--no one had bothered to inform me despite my confirming my 10AM appointment at 6PM the night before. Fast forward to my experience with Melissa and Elmhurst Toyota - the dealership was clearly really busy but Melissa met me promptly upon my arrival at our designated appointment time. She was still wrapping up with another client but set me up for my test drive. Although I did wait to "talk numbers" for ~20 minutes after returning from the test drive, Melissa was super apologetic and the dealership itself has a lot of comfortable space in which to wait so it did not bother me. Trade in was valued quickly and there were no surprises with the price of the RAV4 - we had negotiated on price over email which ended up being much lower than the sticker price on the vehicle (there was no need to reminder her of the lower price we discussed). I was paying cash but needed a few days to move money from savings and Melissa was very clear in communicating my options for taking the car home that day versus returning to the dealership a few days later. I opted to pick up the car later to avoid 2 different contracts and it was ready for me when I got to the dealership so I was in and out in less than 20 minutes. Given my positive experience with Elmhurst Toyota, I'm actually considering getting my car serviced at this dealership despite living in Chicago.