So I have a Nissan Versa. It’s several years old, and it’s starting to have issues.
Like the axle leak the dealership fixed, and now the damn thing squeaks every time I make a turn.
The gas cap is no longer attached to the car, so I’m forever having to drop and dig it out from under the car while I’m pumping gas.
The tire sensor tells me I have a low tire every time I drive a half hour or more. I always stop and check the tire pressure, and my tires are never low. To replace the sensor would cost over $200, which is a bit much for a sensor.
The latest is the air bag sensor light has started blinking. I took the car into the local Nissan dealership and they fixed it free. Except it didn’t fix the problem, and a week later the warning light was flashing again.
Now they tell me the problem is a sensor in the passenger seat, and it will cost $3500 to repair, because the entire seat will have to be replaced. I made the mistake of saying I’d sooner buy another car than pay that much.
That’s when the emails began. Buy this car! New cars in stock! Come take a look!
To say it left a bitter taste in my mouth is an understatement. And, truth be told, it bummed me out, because while I know they’re in the business to sell calls, they’ve always been nice to me.
So I decided to have a look at the competition.
I filled out a request to have them email me info about a vehicle they have in stock. Within 10 minutes they’re blowing up my phone, even though I specifically requested they NOT call me.
So how does a person who wants to be treated with respect and dignity shop for a car?
Maybe by not shopping for a car at all. Maybe I’ll just keep driving the one I’ve got.
Just don’t ask me to give you a ride, unless you’re cool with riding in the back seat.