Greetings, fellow citizens of The States, enthusiasts and optimists! It’s me again, and i’m back with a new one. Today I wanna start a series about everything a man (or a woman) needs to know to be ready and educated in the big wide world of the automobile industry. It’s a pretty big and complicated world, guys, you don’t just learn the things you need to with a couple of clicks in the internet. I mean, it takes time, and it takes grit.
But, you’re in luck, my friends, cause you got me – your friendly neighbor John! I’ve been studying the world of cars ever since i was a little kid, and still learn something new about it every day. I consider myself something of an expert (yep, I’m modest like that), and I’m happy to share with you guys everything I find helpul and worthy of attention. I love cars, especially the Toyota brands, and I’m really happy to see all of you guys here with me – together we’re a force to reckon with, right?
What’s the deal, dealer?
Today I want to talk to you about automobile dealers. We got SO MUCH of those in America, don’t we? And how do you know, which one is the best for you? Well, I’ve gathered some tips and tricks over the years, and know a thing or two (rather two) about dealerships. I gotta admit – at first, I was kinda intimidated by the quantity and grasp of the dealerhips in the United States. I mean, we got about a couple of thousands of those over here, if not more.
And one of the reasons why I love the Japanese giant, Toyota, is because they always put customer service first. I’ve been to about a hundred of Toyota’s dealerships, and not one of them made a bad impression on me – not one. Nobody in the staff tried to trick me into bying something I didn’t need, and never did I encounter a rude welcome; instead, I always got what I came for. That’s a huge achievent, ladies and gentlemen, one to wish for, and one to give respect for.
Quick tip №1 – see the signs
Alright, so, what’s there to know? First of all, as I said, if you’re in market for a new car, a pre-owned car, or if you just wanna change your tires/oil/color, I recommend you the Toyota dealerships. As I mentioned earlier, if you see the Japanese company’s sign on the building, that means quality – plane and simple. So, if you go with Toyota, you can’t go wrong.
Quick tip №2 – the customer is always right
If you want a hard-and-true tip on the matter, than you should know, that the staff, the personnel, as the British lads like to say, is like the face of the dealership. They need to always be commited to your cause – that’s like the number one rule of a solid dealership; the staff should be fit, grit, and ready to rumble. Whether it’s the sales department, the service center, or the body shop, top-notch personnel knows how to help you make a decision, and get the best of your budget.
So, that’s the second Quick Tip for y’all – if you walk into a dealership, and the staff doesn’t immediately make you feel like you’re at home, just turn around and leave – trust me, you’ll gain more, than you’ll ever loose.
Ok, my friends, this is the end of How To Choose A Dealership, Part I. Check out the second chapter to learn even more about the ups and down of choosing the right dealer.
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Quick tip №3 – respect your pennies!
So, the third, and the most obvious thing is pricing. I mean, we live in a material world, and it’s nothing to be ashamed of – it’s just what it is. And, by the way, you need to respect your money – every last penny of it. So, before actually attending the dealership of choice, make sure to check out the web-site – it’s the age of technology, folks: make the most of it. Today the web-pages of the dealers are like mirror reflections of the physical establishments: everything you need to know about them, you’ll find on the web-sites. You can even chat with an online consultant (who usually is a good-looking girl), and get some additional information that you’re looking for.
And, you can (obviously) check out the prices. So, take your time and just browse back and forth, and learn about the price-tags on each of the cars that caught your eye. Additionally, you can make a test-drive reservation, and take those babies for a ride. Notice: if there’s no test-drive option on the web-site, you should think twice about visiting the dealership.
Quick tip №4 – check out the line-up
Next up, I advice you guys to look at the collection of cars (that includes new and pre-owned) the dealership has. If you don’t see any of the famous brands, or can’t find the latest editions, then you need to think twice before trusting the dealer with your money. If the place can’t provide the customers with the brand-new and shining models, that means two things: either they’re new in the business, and don’t have the necessary experience and contacts to roll in the latest cars, or maybe they’re just not trustworthy enough for the companies to let them sell their newest vehicles.
The automobile world is a very fragile one, it’s holding on a thin balance, and the big bad wolves of the industry, like Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, Nissan, and many others, put the client’s trust above all. So, if they’re not sure about a certain dealer, they won’t even think about selling their brands there (unless it’s their own certified dealer).
Quick tip №5 – give back to take back
And finally, see if the dealership in your area has some charity work going on. That includes help for the military families, support of the less fortunate, children educational programs, and fund-raisers for the sick kids. If so, that means the dealership is solid. Well, there nothing you can be 100% sure about, but this is as close as you’ll get. The charity organizations all over America value their work very highly, so, they won’t link up with just any sponsor. So, if your dealer has some charity programs, that means not only commitment and kindness, but solidity and quality as well.
Alright, guys, that’s pretty much everything I wanted to tell on the subject of how to choose the right dealer. It’s not a 100% guarantee, but, as I said before, there’s no such thing. So, just be careful, be vigilant, and remember my tips – they might just be your best chance to avoid disapointment. And, as always, I ask of you to drive safe, and to drive to your own enjoyment. See ya!