I’ve purchased six cars from dealerships. I haven’t been detained once. I did have to wait the first time because it takes then for-effing-EVER to process paperwork, but after that I learned my lesson. The next five times I told them to have the paperwork ready when I got there and made sure they already had copies of… Read more
My girlfriend and I go to Kayser Ford, in Madison WI. She’s looking for a new car. We test drive a car that she really likes and she gives them the keys to her car to get it appraised. Meanwhile, the salesman is just... awful. He’s not very good at playing salesman games but he keeps trying. He gets the valuation for… Read more
Mine was in 2006, at a Ford dealership in either Burbank or North Hollywood (I forget which). I was tired of dealing with my manual Mazda Protege in LA traffic, and wanted to trade it in on an automatic Focus. They had the car I wanted (ZX3 SE, in black) so we sat down to figure out the deal. I handed the Mazda keys… Read more
The cellphone thing comes from back when batteries were a separate component that clipped onto the back of the phone. It was possible to generate a spark between the contacts on the battery and the phone if the fitting was loose, say if you’re one of those people who compulsively unclip/clip things with clips on them… Read more
Free is almost never worth it.