Out-of-town shopper - worth the trip
November 6, 2018
For some reason used cars are hundreds of dollars cheaper in Ohio than MO. Even with a one-way plane ticket, I'd save money if the Kia Optima I had my eye on met expectations. Alex set up an Uber driver to take me from the airport to the dealership. Once there, I met Robb, the salesman.
The shop is a small, older garage. Their parking lot is as cramped as it can be. I was wondering if I'd made a mistake. Still, the price was great so I test drove the Kia. It seemed fine, but I had set up a pre-purchase inspection prior to my trip. A tip - always do that regardless of where you buy. It was the best $100 I ever spent.
The car had a few issues - the rear brakes needed to be replaced and various sensors were broken or pushed. The mechanic also suggested new tires. Not counting the tires, he said it was about $1500 worth of repairs, and not worth the money if I had to also get this done.
Dejected, I took the car back to Auto Botique and explained things to Robb. He called the owner who immediately offered a discount, or to take the car to a mechanic they work with and fix everything! I had to get a hotel for the night, but the got the car done. They later even decided to add the new tires!
No extra charge - they just wanted to make sure the car was right for me and in good shape! That is the going the extra mile, and then some! I drove the car over 400 miles home and it did great. It's been three weeks, and everything is good to go.
The building isn't spiffy, but that probably helps keep the car costs down. The price was amazing (easily $1000 more in my home town) and they catered to me at every turn. I'd highly recommend!