The finish line was exactly what I was looking for. I have a great job, make good money and a professional lifestyle, and always had excellent credit. But due to my child's illness and the medical bills, my credit was hit badly. I went to the major dealerships, and even with a good chunk of money down, I was rejected. It was embarrassing. They suggested the buy here/pay here lots, and that whole experience was sickening. All they had were older worn beaters, (not exactly what I wanted to drive my clients in) and the cars were extremely overpriced, way over kbb and at interest rates that were outrageous! (41%! are they serious?) For sale by owner CL cars require cash only, and i didn't want to wipe out my entire savings. Then I found The Finish Line! It's over by Worlds of fun with a completely in door show room full of a wide range of great looking vehicles, all in good condition, and ALL AT AMAZING PRICES!! ALL WERE UNDER KBB! Seriously! Go online and check it out! All I needed was a little money down and I am now driving a 2009 Audi A4 for around the same payment I had been making on my old impala!I had paid way too much for the impala at a big dealership and not going to make that mistake again. It's a small, homey dealership with a warm helpful staff. Angie, my salesperson was just amazing. Not only is she great at explaining everything and patiently answered all of my questions, but she is just darling and an absolute delight to work with. My kids adored her so much that they have asked when they can go back to "go see Miss Angie again". Financing was professional, easy and straightforward. Everyone knows that the better your credit score, the better your interest rate and my score was Less than average. But he found us a lender that was fair and willing to take a chance on me and put me in a high quality vehicle I need for work. I felt I was in the best of hands with him, which was such a relief after all I had been through. You know, i read the last review of the place and am not sure those people went to the same place that I did. It doesn't seem possible that I had such a totally different experience. Maybe they are mistaken, I don't know, but I DO know what I experienced, and it was the best car buying experience I ever had. The owner,Thomas, even took the time to introduced himself to my family and thanked us for allow him the opportunity to earn our business. We are just one small Overland Park family, but for what its worth, we would like to whole heartedly recommend The Finish Line for anyone looking to purchase their next automobile.
I had heard an advertisement for Car Smart on 98.9 (The Rock) about Ted Heater's Nickel/Pickle Sale. I really needed a new car and I'd been looking for some time. I went to Car Smart's website and sent them a message, which they replied to very quickly. I sent them my information and received a phone call the next day that I'd been approved for financing. So I set an appointment for the following Monday. I took my mom with me since I'd never purchased a car before. When we arrived we were greeted by Chris and were treated like we'd known each other for years. We sat down and I gave him the information he needed from me. He gave me a copy of my credit score and walked me through every step of the process. He answered all my questions with great knowledge and really showed his expertise. With the help of my mom's credit I was approved and Chris drove up a 2013 Mazda 2 to us. He came along with us for the test drive and talked with us about all the features of the car. When we returned to the lot we met with the financial counselor who told us about every detail of the financing. After sitting down and going over the paperwork we walked out with the 2013 Mazda 2. I also was handed a jar of Pickles with a message and autograph from Ted Heater himself. A week later I received two cards from Car Smart. Both were hand written. One from Chris thanking us for our business and his number if we needed anything at all. The other was from Ted Heater himself congratulating me on the purchase of my first car, and that he and the team are there for us. If this doesn't show commitment and service then I don't know what does. I have referred Car Smart to all my friends and I know that if I need help in the future that Ted and Chris and the whole team at Car Smart will be there for me when I need them. Thank you Chris and thank you Ted Heater.
So I waited a few weeks before writing a review. I wanted to make sure the car was as good as it looked before saying anything either way. I have horrid credit and a car that is falling apart. I looked at some buy here pay here lots and I have to say I was scared! My boyfriend and I both heard a Car Smart ad on the radio so I decided to go ahead and look online. I got a call the next day at about 10 am. I gave the girl all my information and she told me I was pre-approved and we made an appt for noon. I had my dad come with me as my boyfriend couldn't and was running a bit late. No problems there. They offered hot dogs, chips and water as well as an awesome little theater for the kiddos (or my dad lol) I looked at a lot of the cars, which were all around 2012 or newer and had a few cars in mind. My older car now is an Audi, I love the german cars! Mike Baker was AWESOME, he had ME choose my top 3 cars and went to look at them. He never tried to push anything on me. All said, I drove away in my beautiful 2012 Jetta that still has a factory warrenty and never once did anyone make me feel less because of my credit. Mike even called an insurance person for me to see if he could get me a cheaper insurance rate (since mine went up a bit more than I had planned) I have bragged about Car Smart to everyone who will listen and I think I even converted a few people who didn't understand what they are about. This is not a buy here pay here people, they have tons of lenders willing to help those of us with credit issues and i honestly believe they truly care about the people. Mike Baker is the guy to talk to! I will be back with my boyfriend so he can get something newer soon. Awesome job Ted! You have created something to help those of us with little hope left! Thanks for the cookies, yummo!