Mike, I Live In A Very Rural/Resort Area.
There is no problem making a car purchase anywhere in my area. The Caravan was purchased at a dodge dealer nearly an hour away that I had never done business with before. No problem with a personal check there.
I bought the wife’s almost new certified Impala a couple years ago at a Buick dealer an hour and 1/4 from here and I had never dealt with them, either. No problem with a personal check.
I looked a car once at a Pontiac/Cadillac/GMC dealer in our town, which is half an hour’s drive. The dealer, a person I had never met told me that I acted like I wanted to take the car home to show the wife. He asked me a couple questions about my name, where I lived and worked, etcetera, and threw me the keys. I offered up my driver’s license and he didn’t want to see it.
The same dealer had to keep calling one of my wife’s co-workers, every couple of days, who had taken a Pontiac for a “test drive.” They wanted her to buy the car or bring it back. It went on for a couple of weeks before she finally went in and paid for it.
People still leave keys in cars here and don’t lock car or house doors. I’ve mentioned that a local car repair shop fixes cars and also sells fresh eggs and honey, too. These are a few of the many little things we enjoy living in such a beautiful area on the shore of a peaceful 10,000 acre lake.