Back in '05 I posted here about the screw job my local dealer tried to
give me when I wanted to order a new Mustang GT. I ended-up going to
Mullinax Ford (the cornerstone dealership of AutoNation) in Amherst,
Ohio. I had purchased 3 cars there previously, but have moved 50 miles
away. But it was worth the trip - I got it for $5500 less than what the
local dealer wanted.
Then a few months ago I started to think about replacing my daily
driver.........I wanted a used but low mileage Ford Five Hundred. I
checked autotrader.com because you can program the Search for the exact
vehicle you're looking for. Low and behold, Mullinax came-up with
several and I waited for the right one: an '06 with 15,000 miles
(Limited,AWD). I delt with the internet sales mgr who had worked with
me on the Mustang.....and got what I think was a great deal.
But the big surprise was the super-service I got on a used car: not
only was the car fully detailed,but you would have thought I was buying
an '08 Lincoln.......after the test drive and purchase, they again
changed the oil, washed it, put in the factory floormats, and did a new
car style delivery inside the showroom.
SO, it's not like the old days (I remember my Dad dealing with the same
salesman, year after year, car after car, who kept records and could
even anticipate when we were ready for a new car and would call us when
he had one he thought was right for us).......but there are still some
dealers who are interested in repeat customers, I'll sure go back to
Mullinax for the next one - even if it is 50 miles away. And I highly
recommend shopping on autotrader.
btw: the Five Hundred is GREAT.......all that bs about them being
underpowered is just that......it's solid, a pleasure to drive, and
get's great mileage.......thanks to all who posted here when I asked for
advice in the Spring - you all spoke highly of them and you were right!