Top Notch Buying Experience!
November 6, 2018
My 2009 Traverse was beginning to bleed us a bit every month or two so we decided it was time to shop. I spent quite a bit of time researching my next vehicle and based on reliability, safety and other desired features narrowed it down to a Subaru Forester and Kia Sorento. I test drove a Forester 2 years ago when my wife was shopping for a new car but had never been in a Kia of any sort.
I requested internet pricing from a total of 3 dealerships. Steve Landers Kia responded with an e-mail within a minute asking if they could call. I replied yes and was contacted by phone within the next 30 minutes. The other two dealerships contacted me the following day.
I ended up at Steve Landers that very afternoon and fell head over hills with the Sorento. I felt that I should at least run by the Subaru dealership and take the Forester for another spin, after all it was about 10 grand cheaper similarly equipped. Before that test drive wss over I knew I was buying the Sorento.
My salesman was Steve Parks, a fine, personable man with whom I immediately felt comfortable. The internet qoute i got was for a lower priced Sorento but i was able to get the same reduction percent-wise on the premium model - about 11% off sticker. I got a fair trade value for the Ttaverse. All very painless and 95% of it done over the phone.
The actual purchase took a little longer than was necessary (about an hour) but, in all fairness, we were operating under a very tight schedule that afternoon which increased our impatience. The delays certainly had nothing to do with negotiations. The deal was firm. The finance guy, when we got to him was efficient and offered, but did not push, extended warranties and the like. We were introduced to the general manager and Service Department manager. A nicebtpuch.
Steve Landers Autogroup just recently purchased this dealership. The building is likely mid-seventies construction but it really didn't affect my desire to purchase. They will be moving to a highly modern facility within 6 months.
I really don't interact with anyone else but I observed a lot more on my three visits to the dealership. The sales staff was friendly, even playing extensively with a couple of young grade-schoolers waiting on their mother working with another agent.
Overall I'd have to say this was one of my best - no THE best - car-buying experience in my nearly 60 tears.
Thanks especially to Steve Parks who made it all happen.