Tidewater Auto Brokers - Rip-off Artists
VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA -- I found a car on Craigslist that I was interested in, clicked the link to the dealership, and was brought straight to a "credit application." In the fields provided for entering some of the information I typed "I am pre-approved [with my bank]" and "I only want prices." Since I wasn't interested in applying for credit I went to the dealer's website and found the car to see if the price was listed. All the cars in the site said "Call or Email for Price." Being at work, I emailed about the car and almost immediately got a call on my phone which I ignored, then an email which I responded to stating clearly "please give me a price on this car." The person named James who claimed he is a retired Air Force master sergeant told me he'd never sold a car over the internet and to please call or come to the lot. I didn't respond until the next day when he emailed again saying he saw that I'd responded and to please visit the site to see if there was anything I was interested in.
The emails continued and I'll paraphrase: in each email I asked for the price of the car. He wouldn't give it to me. I'd let him know I had a trade in and was pre-approved and was not interested in financing. he refused still. I told him that at the grocery store, I wouldn't take an item to the register unless I knew how much it was. He still refused. I asked if he would sell the car to a person walking in with cash and he said that "money talks, bull s walks." I said ok, how much money? How much? He refused to give me a price unless I came to the dealership. I had repeatedly told him I would not go to the dealership without a price.
It ended with me telling him to go back to the "Chair Force," if he had ever been in the service at all. I had a hard time believing he had because everyone I've met of comparable rank did their best to train their juniors to avoid places like this. I then asked him not to email me again. He emailed anyway saying "sorry you have no trust in yourself" along with a derogatory statement about my military branch, which didn't bother me as I started the whole dig on his. It still showed his true colors and the dealership lost a possible sale.
If a dealership can't even give you a price, stay away from them.