...but if you put your signature on something and wasn't aware of what you're legally binding yourself to, the blame is on you.
Don't get me wrong, the dealership was wrong on a lot of accounts, but 'Mr. K' was also at fault for allowing them to take advantage of him. If someone told me I had to buy a service contract to buy the car, that would have been my first red flag and I would have walked out the door. There are plenty of car and dealerships out there...I don't know why people let others tell them what they HAVE to buy.How about the add-ons that could not be found on the purchased car? The refunds that never got to him? And the general stonewall he's getting from them?
You have a great point, but how many of us read the purchase documents in it's entirety at the dealership? And talking of documentation, the Nissan dealer was asked for documentary proof that add-ons were sold with the car but imagine the crooked response - he said the buyer should instead proof that no add-ons came with the car.
Yeah a dealership is a business but should buying a car be similar to dining with the devil, you could end up on the menu so approach with caution.
A very astute comment. Just like to many other things in modern society, people want to place the blame for their own failures on someone else. It is never their fault.Hey, I think it's Mr. K's fault. I find it strange that we are so fast to blame the dealers and not point the finger back at yourself. If something is wrong, and the price is NOT as you agreed, why sign the paperwork?
Come on, by now, who doesn't know that dealerships are NOT on your side, they're on their side to make a buck. If you don't read a contract, don't read disclaimers, don't read agreements, and then just blindly sign something, it's YOUR fault.
When I got my MDX, I came to an agreement on the buying price. Then with finance rate of x%, the monthly payment was going to be $### straight. When the contract came, I looked at the interest rate, terms, monthly payment, any other extras if there were... etc. Everything was right. If anything had been wrong on the contract, I would NOT HAVE signed it... simple.
If you agree to $35K and then the contract comes to $39K with this-n-that... you don't sign it. If you don't sign, you don't buy and not obligated to anything. Once you sign, you are AGREEING that this is what you want... simple.
Keep in mind, I'm not defending dealerships, I'm just saying take responsibility for your own actions and don't just stroke a broad brush and blame others for your carelessness. that's all...
We could simply buy direct from manufacturers via their websites, and local mechanic garages would simply subscribe to, or take certifications, to be authorized for warranty reimbursement work. Actually it would be a much better system given today's technology, easier distribution, and larger number of mechanic garages compared to dealerships. Let's do it ;PWhat would you do if there were NO automobile dealerships?
No it is. There are basic, general tools like a 17 mm wrench, or a diagonal pliers, or even a multimeter. And I can use them on many many differnet makes and models of vehicles.Exact same with cars. Doctors don't need special instruments for each individual patient, just like mechanics don't really need special tools for each individual car - that's a bit of a stretch to claim. Now I understand different sizes, metric, standard, different oil filter wrenches and calipers, and pullers, and tensioners, and whatnot... It's not going to be as impossibly expensive as you suggest.
Requiring the dealer to absorb special tools is backwards thinking. Our company designs propulsion equipment for the Navy. If any special euipment other than regular tools are required for servicing or even equalizing load distribution during lifting, we have to supply them and absorb the additional cost. It makes us think twice about design anything that requires special equipment. If Acura had to supply this equipment to each dealer, they would think hard about any special equipment also.No it is. There are basic, general tools like a 17 mm wrench, or a diagonal pliers, or even a multimeter. And I can use them on many many differnet makes and models of vehicles.
When I say special tools, they are very specific in their use. I have a horrifically expensive special tool kit that is only meant for servicing the blind spot detection sensors on the MDX/ZDX Advance. It has no use whatsoever on any other kind of vehicle in the world. When the RL with the runflat tires came out (which hardly anyone buys), we either had to buy a new $10k tire machine just to be able to service the Michelin PAX system tire it uses...or we are required to keep a completely mounted brand new wheel/tire assembly in our inventory at all times, which is a $1000 piece of inventory. And they're on the third wheel design now, so make that $3000 of inventory that collects dust and will be impossible to get rid of. In order to warranty batteries, we are required to have a $1200 handheld tester and a $6000 conditioning machine...when any decent tech could just use an ancient VAT-40 tester they picked up off craigslist for $50 and could tell you if a battery is still good or not.
A lot of folks are quick to think that dealers just rip people off since their labor rates are so much higher than independant shops. Make one of those indies buy all that stuff just to be able to service Acuras and see what their rate goes up to with all that overhead.