hosstabrizi on DealerRater
7 years ago
12/18/2012, 14:10 PM
I purchased my 2013 528i from McKenna. I have never bought a car or been to their dealership previously. Started by doing background research and figured out the features I wanted and got a sense for a fair price. My basic decision rule was to pay close to invoice, minus any manufacturer incentives. The first two dealers I spoke with in South Orange County agreed to this. The problem was that they did not have the car with the exact specifications I was looking for. So I did a search of all LA Area BMW dealerships and was instantly impressed with the range, colors, packages and options McKenna had. On the second page of their web listings, I found exactly what I was looking for: Jet Black exterior with Cinnamon Brown Leather and loaded. Since this was a very rare combination, I immediately called the dealership and asked for one of their Internet sales staff and was connected with Joshua. Told him what I wanted. Told him my price rule and within a couple of minutes he got approvals and we had a deal.
I arrange to pick up the car next morning after my kid's soccer game. I arrived at the dealership, which was about 1/2 hour north of where I live, and met with Phillip Nguyen, a second sales team member. Over the next 45 minutes, we completed paperwork. Easy. Efficient. No haggling. No one tried to up-sell me anything.
Phillip was fantastic. When the paperwork, including financials and insurance verification, was done he spent nearly a full hour with me going through the car's functionalities. The 528 iDrive system (the brain of the secondary functions) is more like a late model small aircraft console consisting of multiple nested menus and controls. Without Phillip’s explanation and testing, I may not have been able to understand and use some of the important features.
As follow up, Phillip called me twice in 3 days and asked if I had any questions and also reminded me to register with BMW Assist. We also arranged a follow up demo to answer my final questions like linking in the car with my garage door opener and getting the free XM Satellite contract.
As a follow up, I sent an email to John Hall, who is the general manager at McKenna. Told him about my experience and noted how pleased I was with the transaction. I did come across a minor issue related to extended warrantee and extended servicing, which I am purchasing. I pointed this out to John and within a half hour there was a note from Danny McKenna (owner) who asked the team to immediately correct the issue. They did.
I have to be honest, I love the car. Love everything about it. But the reason I am writing this review is because the ownership experienced was so materially enhanced by the remarkable transaction and follow up servicing and attention that I felt obligated to write this review. Not only am I looking to buy my wife's next car from them (McKenna multiple brands), but in all likelihood, I will drive my car to McKenna for servicing (which thanks to the extended servicing and warrantee I purchased is free for the next 7 years). Whatever you decide to buy, good luck. But if my experience was anything close to typical, I strongly recommend you consider this dealership.