I did it, I finally bought my Tiburon GT!!!

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  1. Moe Maishlish

    Moe Maishlish Supporting Actor

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    A little less than a month ago I posted a thread asking for advice regarding how I should approach the purchase of a new car (http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=139506).

    Well, yesterday I did it! I visited three separate dealerships in the morning, intent on purchasing the car before the day was through. I figured I'd waited long enough, and done enough research to warrant the purchase. I approached the purchase knowing exactly what I wanted to buy, and what I wanted to spend. Websites & advice given by my fellow HT members helped me save quite a bit of $$$! Thanks to everyone!

    I started off at the first of 3 dealerships, and boy oh boy what a bad experience that was. I test-drove the car for about 5 minutes, and the salesman wouldn't even let me make a left hand turn! He gave me some lame excuse about Hyundai not allowing left-turns during test drives. What a load of crap. Anyway, when we got back to the dealership and started negotiating the price, the salesman quoted me an OTR (on the road) price of more than $32,000. I'd done enough research to know what the dealer-invoice price was, so I countered his offer with my own (based on the material I had with me). He wanted a down-payment from me right away, which I refused. After that, he took his "offer" back to his "manager", returned with the cost-sheet and put it in front of me. Written in black marker across the invoice were the words "Don't we have the right to make money?". I stared dumfounded at the words, and back at the dealer, after which I handed him my business-card, got up, and left. Before leaving though I asked to speak with the manager and was told "oh, he's in a meeting". Yeah, right, bullshit. They'll be getting a call from me on monday.

    I then made my way to the 2nd dealership and sat down with one of their sales-people. I told them what I had just experienced at the first dealership asked that I not repeat the experience. After about 20 minutes, we had worked out a price based on the dealer-invoice (the same cost I presented to the first dealer), and they quoted me a price that they said "couldn't be beat". I thanked them for their time (they were very polite and curteous), got up and left. Not a bad exerience at all, but not exactly the price I was looking to pay.

    I then headed over to the third dealership. I entered the dealership and told the receptionist that I wanted to buy a car today, and she directed me to a sales representative. I sat down with him, told him about my previous two experiences, and after about 5 minutes we had worked out a fantastic price that was, surprisingly, less than I had expected to pay. In fact, it was about $1,000 LESS than the price the 2nd Hyundai dealership had claimed, not a half-hour before, "couldn't be beat". Satisfied with the numbers, I placed a down-payment and then asked that I be allowed to take one of their models out for a test drive (to show my father the car). Surprisingly, they handed me the keys to a Carbon-Blue GT they had on the lot and told me that I could take it out no problem. Wow! I was even allowed to make LEFT HAND TURNS!! I took the car out for about an hour, just enough time to drive over to my father's office and show him the car (he loved it), and then back to the dealership to work out the final details on when the car will be delivered (1-3 weeks).

    I'm pretty psyched! Of course, the first dealer will never see any business from myself, my family, or any of my friends. Very very poor quality salespeople, and a very unpleasant experience from start to finish. Shame on them for treating their customers that way. Shame. Because of that little stunt, they lost a quick sale, and you won't be getting a lot of future business.

    In contrast, the 3rd (and final) dealerships get's top-marks from me in terms of their customer service and demeanor! Great great salespeople that don't insult you to your face. In fact, I'm considering sending Hyundai of Canada a note describing my experience, just to thank them for their great staff!

    So, if you see some guy driving around in a Black Tiburon GT

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    with a big freakin' grin on his face ([​IMG]), THAT'S ME!

    Moe.
     
  2. AjayM

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    Congrats, you'll love the car. So what model did you get and which options? Did you get the 17" wheels, moonroof, abs package? The Michelin Pilot's that come with the 17" wheels are just plain out awesome tires, they wear very well, stick like glue, excellent in the wet...and carry a price tag that will stop your heart [​IMG]

    My dealer experience was also very good, I did most of it over the net, I emailed the dealer explaining what I wanted and to give me their best price, which they did and it was a serious price (most dealers I had done the same with gave me prices way out there, like $50-100 off MSRP), we even negotiated the price of my trade through email, with the knowledge it wouldn't be final until they saw the car. Basically when it was all done, I walked in at 7:30, test drove the car and had a deal struck up about an hour after that (that includes waiting 15 minutes or so while the sales guy finished up with another customer), then spent another hour arguing with the finance guy who was pulling the high pressure sales tactics for all the extra crap, but even that wasn't as bad as I've experienced in the past.

    Andrew
     
  3. Scott L

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    Wow, nice write-up Moe. I can't believe that salesman wrote that on the paper, you handled it very well asking to see his manager. [​IMG]

    That body style is sweet! Whose Tiburon is that next to yours.. another family member's? How are your past experiences with Hyundais?
     
  4. Bob Graz

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    Beautiful car Moe, good luck with it.
     
  5. David Susilo

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    What's the name of the dealer? It's very impressive! Congrats for the new car.
     
  6. Joel Mack

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    I am severely jealous. I've been wanting a new Tib for well over a year now, but my job and personal life (laid off and divorced) put that on hold. Hopefully within the next year, I'll finally get my "Tuscani". [​IMG]

    Congrats, Moe.

    Man, that first dealer, I wouldn't have even bothered with a price negotiation. "No left turns? No sale."
     
  7. Grant B

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    Tiburon???
    I think the car companies are just going down the list of small towns in Northern California. Tiburon is a small town over the GGB where SF cops mostly live, at least thats what Ive always heard.
    Nice Car! Strange name though.....
     
  8. Moe Maishlish

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  9. David Susilo

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    Tiburon means Shark in Spanish. The original Tiburon's wing looks like shark's fin. Hence the name.

    In fact, in Australia, the Tib is still called Scoupe.
     
  10. David Susilo

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    I'd drive to the first dealer and rub it in.

    I haad a similar experience a couple of months ago with a Honda dealer. I already told him that between myself, my friend and my cousin, we are going to buy three cars at once. He appraised my trade in "at least $10,000", the new car $27,500 and "I'll help you out with an MP3 player".

    On the day of signing, he changed the value of trade in to only $8500, the new car to $28,000 and "helped me out" by giving $5 (FIVE) dollars off the MSRP of the MP3 player ($700).

    When I said "no deal", he actually have the guts to ask me "where did we go wrong?" and kept calling and e-mailing me for several days.

    After I left the dealership, I called a VW dealer, told him the story of my Honda experience, and got a good (not great, though) price, great service, and I was in and out of the dealer within 30 minutes!!!.

    After I bought the car, a week later my friend bought another VW and so did my cousin. We ALL went to the Honda dealer with our new Jettas (1.8T, TDI, and 2.0) and actually thanked the salesperson in front of his manager, for "inadvertantly" swayed us to another car manufacturer.

    We even left him with a framed pictures of the three of us with our new Jettas with "thanks for everything" written on it.

    I wonder whether he still got his job when the manager realized that he lost 3 Accord V6 sales in one day.

    (where is evil-grin emoticon when you need one?)
     
  11. Jason Merrick

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    Congratulations Moe! I know you'll love your new Tiburon... enjoy it! Also, you should try to get involved with those forums you mentioned. I have found a ton of very useful info about my new Acura RSX from the clubrsx website. It's amazing what people find out about and do to their cars.
     
  12. Eric Alderson

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    I just picked up my RSX Type-S a couple of weeks ago. I've been going to the ClubRSX forum for almost a year now. I learned the basics of driving a manual transmission by reading the forum posts.
     
  13. Joel Mack

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    I too went through the "bad dealership" when buying my car last month. About 6 dealers in all. Saturn dealer was the worst. spent 15 minutes and the salespeople just walk past us. Mazda dealer was the nicest. No sales pitch just handed us the keys for a test drive. Ended up going to Haldimand motors. Just used cars but great service and no salesman at all. hand the keys over for any car on the lot. Ended up buying a nissan maxima.

    If I went two door I would probably go for a tiburon. Good choice[​IMG]
     
  15. David Susilo

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    That's right, Joel.

    In Australia, the first generation of Tiburon is called Scoupe, just like its predecessor. When the new look is introduced, it's just called Tuscani and a nicer emblem (instead of the regular Hyundai's "H" logo) is used.
     
  16. Moe Maishlish

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  18. Joel Mack

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    Moe,

    I don't know why I feel a need to argue, but I do. [​IMG]

    If you do a little checking around, you'll find that North America is the only place you'll find this car referred to as a Tiburon.

    From the FAQ on the newtiburon.com website you posted:

     
  19. Grant B

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    It might mean shark in Spanish but it still seems like they are picking small town names. Thanks for the Spanish lesson, I took Latin in HS..... wish I knew Spanish
    Looks like fun, hope it is a good one
     
  20. Aurel Savin

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    Congratulations Moe, beautiful car. Definetelly my favorite Hyundai ... looks like a lot of thought went into the design of it.

    Definetelly I am jealous of your new car purchase :wink:

    I have my eyes on a new MINI Cooper for this summer ...

    Happy Motoring!
     

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