I had a customer come in the other day, son and mom and they were looking for a car for the son (about 17 yrs old or so). He wanted a sports car and mom was ok with that.
remember we carry Pontiac, Jeep, Subaru, BMW and Hyundai (not all in the same building). I showed them the Impreza 2.5i, then a 2006 WRX TR. He wouldnt even sit it in and decided he wanted a Tiburon since it was a sportier car. They origanally came on wanting to go look at the TIB, but I wanted to show him the better car, more power, etc, especially since they wanted sports car type of vehicle.
I showed him the reviews and other info on the WRX, but he wouldnt hear that it would destroy a tiburon as far as power, acceleration, durability, resale, etc.
so, he ends up buying a V6 GT Tib.
I ran into him last night on my way home from watching some of the local drag races at a drag strip's "import and bike night".
needless to say he and his buddies were talking trash for about a mile or so, trying to get me to race on this redneck back woods road (straight road, no traffic or side roads). after coming to a stop light, i finally give in and tell him "fine, if it will get you to stop bugging me, but i want money for the gas this takes me to beat you when we are done". anyway, I am in a stage 2 bugeye. it wasnt pretty and he wouldnt even pull up close enough to me where i could make a smart remark. I was going to ask him if he wanted to try again in 3 inches of snow next winter..but never had the chance.
so much for the theory of sports car only meaning 2 doors.
he isnt a bad customer or anything, but had it in his mind that the 2 door sporty car had to be faster than a 4 door and wouldnt even sit in the WRX or test drive one.
on the other hand, I had a customer of mine come in this afternoon and drive the STI. He thought about getting an Audi, evo or something else, but the guys at mitsu here wouldnt let him drive one unless he was going to buy today or tomorrow. this guy is a 40 something year old surgeon that was his another surgeon buddy in his land cruiser. i dont get why the dealer would be that like. he will be buying an STI tomorrow morning...just deciding on white or steel gray. he left a deposit to hold both until tomorrow morning. he said there is no use in looking at Audi because no audi he has ever seen or been in will drive like that for under $35k.