The other day on the TV show Pawn Shop, Rick (the owner of the Las Vegas shop) decides to buy a car for his daughter, she’s around 20 years old. So this became a sort of comedy segment for the show. He & daughter visit the used car lot, Rick tells the salesman “I want a safe, reliable used car for my daughter to drive to school. $10k is my budget. Max!”. So the salesman shows them a restored and hot-rodded open air vintage Jeep. $30k. Daughter looks interested. “No! Too expensive, not safe, not reliable”. Next the salesman shows them a $69K BMW. “No!” says Rick “She’s not gonna be driving a better car than mine.”
So Rick looks around the lot himself, sees a beater for $3300. Salesman “Rick must not love his daughter.” Next Rick sees a used SUV. Daughter “There’s no way I’m driving an SUV dad!!” Next Rick sees an econobox, $9k. Daughter: “It’s brown! yech!! No way I’m driving a brown, ugly car.” … lol …
In the next segment Rick comes back to the shop, looking like he wants to be left alone. The staff asks him what car he bought for his daughter. Rick “I bought a safe, reliable used car, nothing more need to be said.” Staff: “But kind of car?” Rick: “It’s a good, reliable, safe, used car”. Then the daughter comes driving up to the shop. In a one year old $29k Mercedes .
I’m thinking many of us have run into a similar situation. In my experience the sales-staff seem to pounce on this like it is a free hamburger sitting on the table, turning one family member against the other as a way of getting them to buy a more expensive car. Anybody else notice this?