Harr on Gold Star Complaint - Sexist Wart of a Salesman

Review by tohubohu on 2006-07-25
WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS -- A week ago Saturday, my wife and I stopped at Harr on Gold Star spontaneously to see if we could look at a Scion and/or a Toyota Corolla. Granted, we weren't exactly prepared -- we'd just seen one in a parking lot and thought it would be nice to see one in person, look at the price tag, that sort of thing. But when we got out of the car and walked toward the door of the showroom, a salesman emerged in a way that I could see was clearly heading us off. He asked what he could do to help us, and so we asked about seeing a Scion. He said he'd sold the last one of the type we were interested in that day. Did they have a Prius? They sell those before they get to the lot. How about a Corolla then? They had them, but he informed me that a Corolla wasn't what I was looking for.

He wouldn't let us into the showroom, and, in the course of the conversation, he even POINTED US TOWARD A HONDA. This was after I said that I wanted to buy a car sometime in the next month.

I don't know if he wouldn't let us in or talk to us because we were both women, because we were clearly a couple, or because we weren't dressed to the nines, but for SOME reason -- and I'm HEAVILY betting it was a combination of all three, especially that we were both women -- he really didn't want to sell us a car.

I'm STILL angry. Angry enough that I've taken part of my lunch hour to drop a complaint on every dealer complaint site I could find.

We'd already had a lousy experience with a different local Toyota dealer. I think the Universe is clearly telling us that a Toyota is NOT in our future. Next stop in the car shopping: a Honda dealership.
Comments:10 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-07-27
Posted by Doc J on 2006-07-25:
I simply must waste a comment on your nick. Surely you're not "empty and void" as the translation to English may suggest? Hard to imagine that a dealer would undertake any kind of offense to chase customers from the lot. Not to worry, there are plenty more dealers out their waiting for any man, woman, orangutang, amoeba, or formless creature with the desire to buy a car. I don't think you'll have to look far. Actually, a lot of people could benefit financially by visiting dealers unwilling to sell cars. L'hitraot!
Posted by bill on 2006-07-25:
Why would a carsalesman NOT want to sell you a car? He doesn't get paid commissions for keeping cars on the lot.
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-07-25:
And I thought the Subaru was the official car of lesbians everywhere? Sorry - couldn't resist. However, you did pick two of the hottest selling cars right now to take a look at - perhaps he was being honest. You said he tried to steer you to a Honda, so he must have desired a sale.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-25:
No Hugh, I think that it's Volkswagon
Posted by *Brenda* on 2006-07-25:
Hondas are lesbian cars?
Posted by glc on 2006-07-25:
I'm curious as to your "lousy experience with a different local Toyota dealer".... were you dressed similarly? Am I to assume that all Toyota dealers in Mass are homophobic?
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-07-25:
I agree it is VWs'
Posted by S on 2006-07-26:
I would guess he was a strict religious man who probably didn't believe in or support woman marriages. Consider it his loss of a sale, and never go back!
Posted by Timboss on 2006-07-27:
Subarus are lesbian cars? Oh-oh, how am I going to break the news to my wife we're both lesbians? Tim
Posted by Doc J on 2006-07-27:
timboss-Easy! Tell your wife you're "a lesbian trapped in a man's body"!

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