lara.elgin on DealerRater
8 years ago
01/21/2013, 08:36 AM
My Dream Car...
My experience at this dealership was an eye opening one in a wonderful way! This was the first time I entered a dealership and did not feel pressured. Bill Earnest had been recommended to me by my friend Clinton Wilm and he was so nice. I brought Clinton with me because, being a women, I feel threatened by pushy sales people especially when it come to buying a car. This was not the case at all with Bill. He was very laid back and interested in what I was looking for. He did not talk down to me because I was a women and I really felt comfortable with the whole thing. Before I had even walked into the dealership, I already knew what I wanted - 3 series, xdrive, vermillion red, sedan (aka: my purple squirrel). I had done a great deal of research for over the past six months; however it came down to “feel”. I know from experience, until you get behind the wheel, you won’t know if it is the car for you or not. I needed to test drive it and make the decision to either move on to another vehicle or continue with this dream car. Bill was more than willing to have me test drive a car; however as I already knew, the color and make of car I was looking for is not readily available. He brought up a SUV in Vermillion Red to give me a chance to see the color in person and I knew this was the sexy, sleek color for me. He then went looking for my purple squirrel and he found one!!!! When it pulled around the corner, it literally took my breath away. All of us were surprised he had one on the lot! Bill took the time to share with me all the features and answer all my questions on the various bells and whistles throughout the car. It was loaded! I felt like a child in a candy store. Then it was time for the test drive. This is what would solidify if the BMW was right for me or not. I cannot describe the “rush” I felt and the power I had behind this vehicle to give it proper justice – and the control I had. Bill recommended I do things to that car I would never have thought possible. The speed and strength were exhilarating and gave me such a rush. To take a corner at a high speed and still feel in control and safe was invigorating. The speed and power of taking off from a stop was thrilling. I felt so empowered!!! I knew this was my dream car and fell in love with it.
First the research, second the test drive, then the financial plan. Financially I was not yet prepared to have another car payment, yet I wanted to know what I was up against. Bill was willing to run numbers even without my social security number… again, not a pushy salesman at all – I loved it. I decided to have him run them with my social just to see where I was at. I still needed to do some work on my credit to give me the monthly payment I was willing to pay. Bill was still an angle about the whole thing and understood – again he made me feel great.
For me investing in a car like a BMW is not a rushed experience. I need to research, test drive, and have a financial plan in place before I will purchase the vehicle, even if it means saying goodbye to a great deal and waiting for the next one. Bill understood this completely and therefore I did walk away from the car - this time, but come Fall, I will have my dream car.