Hmmm....can't say I've had a bad experience with car salesmen, though the breed does have a bad reputation. The ones I've dealt with have been pretty enlightened, or else we've voted with our feet and gone elsewhere. Worst one was a salesman, who when we tried to dicker a bit more on the price said, "I'll talk to my boss, and see if he's ready to GIVE the car away!"
The OTHER personnel at the dealerships....now THAT'S a subject that could keep me going for a long time!! Starting with the time I tried to purchase a part for my Dodge Reliant at the dealership where I'd purchased the car. Turned out it was more expensive than I'd anticipated, and I was short a few dollars of the full purchase price (don't recall exactly, maybe $15.00 at the most.) I said, "Will you take a cheque for the balance?" "Sorry, we don't take cheques without a major credit card..." Now, if I'd had a major credit card, I wouldn't have NEEDED to pay by cheque! I asked the salesperson to check with their manager, and told her I'd bought the car there. I mean, it was ONLY a few lously bucks!! Back she comes..."Sorry, no can do. Cash or nothing..."
I went storming out of there in angry tears, went to my bank, got the needed cash, then thought, wait, why give THEM the business when they've treated me like dirt?? I went to another Dodge dealership, asked for the same part... guess what? It was $15.00 cheaper, the amoung I had originally thought it would be! "Oh, I'm short a few bucks," I said, "would you take a cheque?"
"CERTAINLY!" they replied. And they only needed my driver's license and Social Insurance card as ID!
Guess where I started to go to get my car fixed?? And they were WONDERFUL!! Never let me down, never screwed me around, did their best to get the car finished while I waited, if I really needed it (which I usually did!) Thank you, Paul Willison's in Scarborough, Ontario. You're a GREAT bunch to do business with!
And the other dealership? The ones with "The Sharpest Pencil in Town"? Aw, gee, I think they went out of business for some reason! Wonder why?