I just wanted to get this off my chest and see what other people on here thought–maybe I’m off-base. So I’m in the market for a used car. I’m 25, about to graduate from law school, and my parents will be helping me out with it financially. A bigger dealership about 30 minutes away had a 2012 Mazda6 almost within my budget and I was interested in test driving it. I did an online chat with one of their reps and scheduled the test drive for this afternoon. I get there and speak to a salesman after a minute. His first questions are “how are you going to finance this,” “are you in a position to put $500 down today,” etc. I was honest - I said I probably won’t be putting any money down today and that my parents would be helping me out. “Can they come in if you’re ready to buy today?” No, I say, they live close-by but they’re out of town this weekend. He says OK, that I can still take the car for a spin if I want, and he takes my license and disappears for about 5 minutes. When he comes back, he says something about them being really busy (which, admittedly, they appeared to be) and that his sales manager wants me to come back with my parents on Monday–they won’t let me do the test drive. I say OK and leave.
I was a little insulted by all this. I’m also irritated I wasted an hour of my Saturday. Yes, my parents will be helping me out financially, but I’m an adult and will be making the decision about which car we end up purchasing. I was legitimately interested in the Mazda they had for sale but wanted to try it out myself before I drag my folks away from their lives and jobs. I understand the dealership was busy and they wanted to make a sale today, but I felt they were rather condescending and I’m not sure I want to go back. Am I right here or is this all that I should have expected?