Ford's Misleading Ads and Sales
by Patricia W. - Posted Sun December 7, 2008 @ 12:00 PM
I have been car shopping. I know what I can afford, and since my credit is not the best due to a bad relationship that I finally managed to get out of, watching ads in the paper for several weeks. If Ford says this is the price than why do so may dealers have different prices & they all tell you, "This is the lowest we can do. It is employee pricing."
Well thats just wonderful. Lets see, Covert Ford has a truck on sale for 15k and change. Why is the same truck at Johnson Ford in Marble Falls 17k & change. To top it off I called covert and asked about one of the sale ads. The reply I recieved was that it was Sundays ad. I told them no its todays and he tried to tell me that the manager must have told the paper to run the ad again. Why? If the sale truck you had is gone.
Ok so On Saturday I checked the ads. Covert in Hutto advertised a sale for the F-150 4 door for 16,888. This is it. Closed Saturday. So on Sunday we drive over some 80 miles 1 way. Only to find it is already gone. Yes it, as in 1. As we are looking around I overhear a salesrep tell this older gentleman. "Let me check with the manager to see if we still have it. When he walked off, I asked the man if he was looking for the 16,888 truck. He said yes and I explained it was already gone. And you cannot tell me that the salesrep didnt already know that. I dont think they had any. The sales guy I talked to said they would try to locate some and go get them in a few days. Locate from where. From the one across town telling me they cant lower the price? I think it is all a ploy. No wonder carsalesman seems to be a bad word.
Why would 1 dealer give me 8500 for a trade in and the next tell me rudely that it only 4500 to 5500. Is Ford not in the business to sell vehicles?
I would like Ford to sell me the truck I want at an affordable price and finance it at a good interest rate. So I can keep payments with in my price range. Make sure that sales are sales and if you dont have plenty in stock when you run these adds that you substitute with a similar one or upgrade.