Liar, liar, pants on fire!
This email is all about lies - huge fibs that you have to be
on the lookout for whenever you speak with a car dealer.
Right from the start I want to make it clear that not all dealers and their staff are liars; in
fact I am fortunate enough to regularly meet some thoroughly decent people in the motor trade. But
my earnest advice is that whatever a dealer tells you, double check it before you believe it!
The problem is that many car dealers are just lazy and will answer your questions not with
the truth, but with whatever answer is likely to present them the least work.
You see, 20 years ago a good car salesman used to be able to earn upwards of £60,000 a year,
but now, due to greatly reduced commissions, they are lucky to take home half of that. And
if you pay peanuts...
For nothing more than pure shock value, here are some of the worst lies I have ever been
told by car dealers:
"No, I was not aware that the car had been previously stolen and recovered."
Sales Manager of a main BMW dealer, after the Car
Data Check revealed some very dodgy history!)
"Yes, the car is definitely bright silver."
(A local car trader in Suffolk describing a 'Cubanite Silver' Mercedes... a colour that
is actually gold.)
"The car is in perfect condition."
(A Volkswagen main dealer's Business Manager who
very nearly sold us a car that had obviously just been repaired after being in a very bad accident
- the boot didn't even fit properly!)
"The car is stunning and you will not find a nicer example."
(A local dealer whose
Lexus needed nearly £1,000 of bodywork, had rips in the leather seats, brakes that barely worked
and a horrid rattle from the engine.)
Wishing you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth,
(Founder & Owner)
OF THE WEEK
"I would like to buy my Dad a diesel Mondeo, but one with less than 3,000 miles on the clock."
How much it should have cost:
CAP Black Book = £17,150
We bought it for = £14,999!
(And it had covered just 60 miles!)
WHY I LOVE...
Jessica Lawlor's Bentley GTC
If you are football superstar Stephen Ireland, what do you get your
girlfriend for her 24th birthday? A £260,000 ultra-bad-taste-modified Bentley convertible is what.
Tasteless wheels, an awful bodykit and "To Jess Love From Stephen" stitched into the leather seats.
I love this car because it reminds me why having too much money can be a really bad thing!