Friday, October 5, 2012
Yet ANOTHER reason why never to buy from a new car dealer
One of the salesmen at Priority Chevrolet of Chesapeake, Virginia sold Danny Sawyer a Chevrolet Traverse for $33,995 when the price should have been $38,995. The legal documents--signed by a dealer representative-- clearly show $33,995 to be the sales price. Sawyer took off for a week's vacation in his new vehicle.
Upon his return, the dealer contacted Sawyer and asked to change the contract by raising the sales price by $5,000. Had you been Sawyer, what would you have done?
(Note to readers: I wouldn't buy a vehicle from a new car dealer under under any circumstances whatsoever but in my never-too-humble-option, Sawyer should have offered to go halfway. Split the difference so that each party lost just $2,500).
However, Sawyer preferred not to budge. The dealer should have let it go. That's business, folks. You make a mistake, you pay for it and carry on. But some idiot at Priority Chevrolet thought he had a better idea. He called the police and reported that Sawyer had stolen the SUV!
Danny Sawyer was taken into custody in his front yard and spent four hours in jail before being released on bail. Although the local district attorney later dropped all charges against him, Sawyer was mad. So mad that he is now suing Priority Chevrolet for $2.2 million in damages!
I hope Sawyer loses the case, because $2.2 million is just plain greedy, but the dealer was too anxious to cover 100% of the error. Even if the case is dismissed, after the dealer pays the lawyers, a lot more than $5,000 will have gone down the drain!
Readers, let's hear your comments!
Am I too hard on the dealer?. On Sawyer? On Both? What would YOU have done if you were Sawyer? Or if you were the dealer? Here's the link to Chevy Dealer Causes Customer to Get Arrested.