Buying new 2020 Si - They wanted to drive it 90 miles to me

  1. Miro

    Miro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2020
    Posts:
    37
    Thanked:
    40
    Location:
    KY
    First Name:
    Greg
    Car(s):
    2017 Si, 2016 Pilot (wife's)
    Am I being unreasonable by throwing a fit that they wanted to drive my new 2020 Si 90 miles from another dealership to me instead of trailering it? I offered to go pick it up myself at the beginning of the process but now that everything is signed they said it's against their policy. If I had known this I would have just went to that dealership and dealt with them directly. The other thing is that it wasn't until after I signed everything that they told me the 'car isn't on the ground yet' at the origin dealership. This was after the salesman acted like he could get the car to me today. I told them I wouldn't buy it if they drive it because I want to be responsible for the complete break-in period and I'm not going to have one of their employees joy riding my brand new 25k expense. Am I being unreasonable?
     
    MutatedMango thanked this.
  2. gtman

    gtman Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2015
    Posts:
    6,649
    Thanked:
    7,598
    Occupation:
    CivicX addict
    Location:
    U S of A
    First Name:
    Mitch
    Car(s):
    2017 Cosmic Blue Civic EX-L
    #2 gtman, Feb 18, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2020
    Not totally unreasonable, I get it. But 90 miles is not a big deal honestly, and on the plus side it's 90 miles closer to the end of your break-in period. If you desperately want it trailered, tell them you'll pay the cost of doing that. Otherwise, just relax and enjoy your car.
     
    Miro thanked this.
  3. OP
    OP
    Miro

    Miro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2020
    Posts:
    37
    Thanked:
    40
    Location:
    KY
    First Name:
    Greg
    Car(s):
    2017 Si, 2016 Pilot (wife's)
    I appreciate the input. This is my first time buying a new car so I'm not sure how all of this usually goes.
     
  4. silverrascal

    silverrascal Senior Member

    Joined:
    May 23, 2016
    Posts:
    1,164
    Thanked:
    1,117
    Location:
    Texas
    Car(s):
    2019 Honda Civic EX hatchback
    10 miles? 20 miles? yeah okay. But 90 miles? I personally wouldn't let them drive it. There's enough mileage there for something to happen to it. I get it. Yeah it's not a Lambo but it's still your money and you gotta feel good about it when they hand you the keys. But otoh I understand the dealership's position, too. It's still technically their property until they do the pre-delivery inspection, submit the title documents, etc. So it doesn't make sense for them to let you drive it back. I think the best solution is to have it trailered and everyone is covered and happy, IMHO.
     
    MutatedMango and Miro thanked this.
  5. PowerPerLiter

    PowerPerLiter Specific Output

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2018
    Posts:
    1,278
    Thanked:
    1,084
    Location:
    Midwest
    Car(s):
    2020 Si Coupe 91 Talon TSI AWD 6262 280's N20 and 87 Buick Regal T 6776bb built N20
    I would absolutely refuse them do this. For a myriad of reasons. Just go pick it up and pitch a fit to get some free all season mats or something.
     
    MutatedMango thanked this.
  6. OP
    OP
    Miro

    Miro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2020
    Posts:
    37
    Thanked:
    40
    Location:
    KY
    First Name:
    Greg
    Car(s):
    2017 Si, 2016 Pilot (wife's)
    I guess I'd be more apt to let them drive it if they would have been upfront about me not being able to pick it up. I voiced wanting to pick it up multiple times through the process but was thwarted with "no no no, we'll roll out the red carpet for you here and deliver it to you this evening!" Even though the car isn't even at the other dealership yet.
     
    MutatedMango thanked this.
  7. gtman

    gtman Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2015
    Posts:
    6,649
    Thanked:
    7,598
    Occupation:
    CivicX addict
    Location:
    U S of A
    First Name:
    Mitch
    Car(s):
    2017 Cosmic Blue Civic EX-L
    #7 gtman, Feb 18, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2020
    PPL, you need to read the first post again. The dealer said HE CAN'T pick it up at this point. What I would do if that's the exact car I want is ask if you can (if possible) be in the car with their driver on the ride. I 100% doubt they'd abuse it under those conditions. Break-in isn't complex. No WOT, vary your speeds and no slamming on the brakes.
     
    PowerPerLiter and Miro thanked this.
  8. OP
    OP
    Miro

    Miro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2020
    Posts:
    37
    Thanked:
    40
    Location:
    KY
    First Name:
    Greg
    Car(s):
    2017 Si, 2016 Pilot (wife's)
    Dude that's a really good idea. Now that you say that, I think that's what the dealer is shooting for now but I misunderstood. He said "Maybe you can ride up there with them or something" and I assumed he meant I would drive it back, but that sounded iffy. It would make way more sense if they let me ride up there with them and then back in the new car. I'd be totally okay with this.

    He's supposed to call me back this evening or in the morning to let me know if he can do it. I may call and clarify to see if that's what he is thinking.
     
    silverrascal, PowerPerLiter and gtman thanked this.
  9. boosted180sx

    boosted180sx Senior Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2017
    Posts:
    3,705
    Thanked:
    3,044
    Location:
    torrance, ca
    Car(s):
    2017 CTR, 2019 370Z Nismo, '16 ILX
    so it's basically a dealer trade vehicle that your buying? They are not going to trailer your car.
    although, you not being able to pick it up at the dealer is a bunch of bull. They should drive the car from another dealer to their dealer and you should be able to pick it up there.

    I don't think your being unreasonable. however, a salesman delivering the car 90 miles is nothing new. Back when i worked at a dealer, i drove from LA to san diego to deliver a car to a customer and that was ~120 miles
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Miro

    Miro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2020
    Posts:
    37
    Thanked:
    40
    Location:
    KY
    First Name:
    Greg
    Car(s):
    2017 Si, 2016 Pilot (wife's)
    Dealerships have the same name, just different locations. Not sure that's still considered a dealer trade or not. One is "JW" Louisville and the other is "JW" Florence.
     
  11. gtman

    gtman Senior Member

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2015
    Posts:
    6,649
    Thanked:
    7,598
    Occupation:
    CivicX addict
    Location:
    U S of A
    First Name:
    Mitch
    Car(s):
    2017 Cosmic Blue Civic EX-L
    When I bought my Integra years ago, the car I wanted was in PA (I'm in MD). It was a sister dealership of the dealer I dealt with in Maryland. I drove my trade-in to PA and finalized the paperwork there and drove my new Integra back to MD.
     
    Miro thanked this.
  12. SCOPESYS

    SCOPESYS Senior Member

    Joined:
    Aug 27, 2018
    Posts:
    2,510
    Thanked:
    1,441
    Location:
    MD
    First Name:
    Geoff
    Car(s):
    2018 Honda Civic SI Coupe. . . . . . . .1987 Nissan Maxima Wagon. . . . . . . . . . .1987 Nissan Pulsar NX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1987 Nissan Maxima Wagon (2nd Donor Wagon for parts)
    #12 SCOPESYS, Feb 18, 2020
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2020
    My take is "SAY NO" ..
    You want to see the car you are buying & inspect it BEFORE you agree or sign anything.
    And the other Dealership does not even have it yet.

    Also, if your Dealer is getting it from another Dealer, they will be paying a premium to that other Dealer, (which they of course will pass on to you - with markup)

    Best case is to find the car you want, at the Dealership you want, a car just come in from factory, with less than 10 miles on it, spend at least an Hour INSPECTING it, and then if you like it's condition, tell the how much you will pay for it.( with research paperwork) - out the door, and have your own financing already in place. If they say "NO", WALK -- no shortage of Dealers out there ready to dance.

    :wave: "Bye Bye" :dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:. :dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance::dance:
     
    silverrascal thanked this.
  13. OP
    OP
    Miro

    Miro Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2020
    Posts:
    37
    Thanked:
    40
    Location:
    KY
    First Name:
    Greg
    Car(s):
    2017 Si, 2016 Pilot (wife's)
    Figured I'd update with what ended up happening. Dealer was supposed to call me the morning of Wednesday, 2/19/2020 on what they could do but I never heard anything from them. After sleeping on it I really didn't want to give them money after how I was treated (4 hours at dealership, no car, lies about getting it to me that night, etc...). I ended up just going and buying the used 2017 black one I test drove a couple of weeks ago. I don't even think anyone had driven it since I did because everything was exactly as I had set it. That gave me some extra dough to spend on some upgrades immediately and I am loving the car. This is the only pic I have so far.




    Dealer with the new Si ended up calling me at 7PM that night. I wish I would have given him the chance to tell me what they worked out, but I ended up just telling him that I didn't want the car anymore and that I already made a purchase. The best thing was I talked to him through the car mic/audio while breaking the news to him. He handled it better than I expected him to based on how he treated me on Tuesday.
     
  14. MaTtKs

    MaTtKs Senior Member

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2019
    Posts:
    184
    Thanked:
    418
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Car(s):
    2020 Civic Si Coupe
    Good for you. Nice that you found a car you liked and came out with some extra cash compared to the new ride. Have fun and be safe!
     
  15. Civics4Ever

    Civics4Ever Rally Red EXT

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2016
    Posts:
    1,289
    Thanked:
    1,057
    Occupation:
    Swimming pool tech
    Location:
    Illinois
    First Name:
    Gene
    Car(s):
    99 Civic DX, 16 EXT Civic Coupe
    You made the right move. If it had been me, i would've told them F off, ill find another dealer.

    Edit: my car had 2 miles on it when i test drove it.
     
    silverrascal, Miro and MutatedMango thanked this.
Loading...

Share This Page

Loading...