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Sep 28, 2004 (12:18 pm)
Yeah, the 3.5l engine has good torque, better than the power/weight ratio would imply. The new one is due soon and should be much improved, too.
You're right about that last part, it's very hard to refer someone to one specific dealer for a purchase, because they want to be able to shop around for their best deal.
At least they (the salesperson) have a shot, put it that way. I send them through the doors.
If I had to do any more than that, I'd want his full salary!
#107 of 157 Love these mailers I get
Sep 28, 2004 (1:30 pm)
I, too, have taken advantage of freebies to go test drive something. Last one I got was a $25 Best Buy card for taking any new Mazda for a spin. I wonder how many people take advantage of them, though it must be a lot since I see Chevy didn't keep that $250 deal where they would give you the cash if you bought something else after driving one of theirs for very long.
Anyway, back to my original point, a local Toyota dealer sent me a flyer that I just love. Apparently there is a run on 1996 Chevy Beretta's since 'we are in desperate need to acquire severaly different types of pre-owned vehicles before Oct. 15, 2004 in order to fulfill special used vehicle requests. Our records indicate you own one of these vehicles and our new car managers have been authorized to buy back your current vehicle.'
Funny since I didn't even buy it from them (from b-in-law actually), and have only been in there once to test drive an '04 Rav4. (Then I found out it's the No. 1 chick vehicle and that eliminated it from possibility).
Having worked in the newspaper business for over a decade I've seen all of the gimmicks dealers use and I have to say this one rates right up there. I've heard of it before, but never got a card. I honestly can't believe people fall for this kind of thing. But I guess if they didn't, why bother with the cards, eh?
So if anyone out there wants to take my low-mileage Chevy off my hands for a reasonable price to take advantage of this great deal, I'm all ears.
#108 of 157 Re: Love these mailers I get [bigbutr]
Sep 28, 2004 (1:32 pm)
i need to pay more attention to these...
$25 to best buy, movie tickets, etc...
i could make out like a bandit on these!
Sep 28, 2004 (9:33 pm)
How do people hear about these deals, besides sites like this?
The only one I'v e been to was the Car and Driver R&T Ride and Drive comparo with a BMW 325, Legacy GT and Volvo.
That was a great event. 3 AutoX in one day!
#110 of 157 Re: Bowke, I agree [checkitout]
Sep 29, 2004 (6:20 am)
i guess in the papers or on the net...i dont know either.
Sep 29, 2004 (6:22 am)
there was actually a link at one point to a site where some guy listed all kinds of freebie promotional stuff you could get, but who knows if it's still around.
Once you use one of these coupons, you will get more, trust me.
The best way to get on the list is go to the web sites for any brand you are interested in (Mazda is a good one) and sign up for updates or "keep me informed". Almost guarantees that the next time they do a promo you will be included.
#112 of 157 Re: [stickguy]
Sep 29, 2004 (6:45 am)
sweet! i guess that excludes ford and nissan for me.
#113 of 157 re: Love those mailers
Sep 29, 2004 (7:43 am)
Just got one of those last week, for my wifes 95 Plymouth Neon. Yep, I'm sure there's a HUGE demand for them. I got it from the dealer that works on her car, but we didn't buy from them. They're offering special consideration on trade-in pricing. Now, I suppose there are folks who fall for this stuff, but it just seems extremely insulting. All it does is reinforce that I will NOT buy a car from them. Too bad, because the service department has been great to work with. It's like the dealer is "cutting off his nose to spite his face", as the saying goes.
Sep 29, 2004 (9:18 am)
That Chevy deal was, pardon my French, *stupid*. Pay customers to go drive other cars?
A clever Ford dealer actually advertised an extra $250 cash back from Chevrolet!
My wife told me Hyundai currently has a test drive offer, if I get details about it I'll share them here.
The C&D and R&T event was sponsored by Subaru. Several friends of mine went and had a blast. The closest to me was in Dover, DE, about 2+ hours away, so I passed.
#115 of 157 Test Drives
Sep 29, 2004 (11:31 am)
I get this out of my system by going to auto shows. My old man does too, but looking and sitting in cars isn't enough for him. He actually got a local Dodge dealer to let him test drive a Viper, which horrifies me (he's pushing 60 and routinely does questionable things in traffic). They made his month, though.
This is the same guy who took my brand new Maxima and, with me in the car, got it up to 130 mph before I could even open my mouth to protest. It is generally accepted by the family that the old man will buy it in a spectacular wreck, it's only a matter of when and hopefully another living object is not involved.
Maybe we need an Inconsiderate Test Drives forum?
My wife and I only test drive when we're seriously considering the vehicle for relatively immediate purchase (a month or less). My local auto show is enough for me to determine whether or not a vehicle is even worth test driving (you guys may like those Kia minivans, but is there anything in there that's NOT held together with hot glue??). For me, the drive is secondary. An auto show gives you all the time you need to pull and prod the interior, sit in the seats for as long as you want, play with the stereo, lock your old man in the trunk, etc...