Above Outstanding Experience
November 5, 2018
My wife and I started looking at cars months ago. Either the price was not reasonable, the sales had no knowledge or other issues. We decided to go to this dealership, over an hour from our house. We arrived at this dealership hoping to look at a few used cars, but not expecting to buy (like usual). We met Joel, a friendly, knowledgeable sales professional. We could not have been more impressed. Instead of driving off the lot in a used vehicle, we bought a brand new SUV. We told him our needs, likes, and dislikes and he found the perfect solution. He kept in mind our budget the entire time. This wasn't just a good sales experience, it was great. Joel took the time to offer us a complimentary drink on a 90-degree day, a snack, and tour of the facility. Another thing we were impressed with is that he wasn't so quick to talk numbers, or "if" they could help us. We spent hours (poor Joel) looking at different vehicles. Joel didn't even complain or show rudeness when my wife exhibited her unintended pregnancy hormones. Joel is seriously the poster example of great customer service. Then came time for test drives. Of course, Joel doesn't get paid to babysit, but he kept our daughter entertained while we discussed the vehicles, complete with some Pokemon GO on the test drives. I mean seriously, what sales person cares that much! We finally (7:30 at night) were ready to throw some money down and drive off. Seems how we live in Crestview, we were quite ready to go. Then we began to deal with Rick in finance. Rick said he would love to sign the paperwork and that he would sign and sell the vehicle tonight, but he thought we should wait until morning. We thought this was just a clever sales tactic. We decided to trust him and waited until the morning. He called us and said he got us an interest rate less than half of what we discussed, and pretty close to zero. Really?!?! Of course, we went back to the dealer. When we got there it got even better. The interest rate went down again and we found out we could get a brand new SUV for the same monthly payment as one 4 years old. Joel continued to make us feel important and worked hard to make us feel he was our advocate rather than sales person. It was so refreshing not to hear "I just started and don't have the answer to that" or "here are the keys, let me know if you have questions". Joel had answers to questions we didn't even think to ask.