Posted: 4/5/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This is not about a repair or smog test but a car that was sold (advertised as a private sale on craigslist) by what seems to be one of their employees (my impression was that it was sold by the shop, at the shop).
I was looking for used car on Craigslist, and found this low-mileage one in ""Cars & Trucks - by owner"" for a pretty good price. I called the contact (""Aaron"" as far as I remember), he asked which car I am looking for? weird, there's probably very few people selling multiple cars privately. Oh well, he told me to come to 2035 Divisadero the next day at 11 - no mention of a commercial sale or the car being sold by a shop.
I try calling twice the next day to tell him I am about to stop by but no answer. Once I get there, there's the ""Automotive Clinic"" at that address. There are already two people lined up but no sign of the car. Two minutes later the car pulls up, someone is already test-driving it. So they've arranged for 4 people to show up within a ten minute time-frame, makes for a nice high-pressure sales environment (the price was good, so that may be solely due to lots of interest but it happens to be a nice sales tactic - I have no insight so I don't claim this was on purpose). By now it's clear that this is not a private sale though. The person who is showing the car is nice and says hi to everyone. They talk to the person behind the desk who seems to run the place, ""Harry"" as far as I remember, and ask the person who was test-driving if he wants to buy it, the price is firm, the car had repairs for $2000 worth and so on (and well, there's three people lined up behind him ready to test-drive, which ""Aaron"" made clear by asking who's next). The first person agrees to buy it.
Well, I am curious now. I am asking whether this is a private sale/sale by owner as nice as I can - since that was where it was posted on CL. I had doubts but if this is his car and in good shape, I considered to bid a little more than the first guy. I get no reply, so I try to ask again. This time ""Aaron"" replies, ""you know what, I don't have to tell you anything"" and his attitude and voice quickly changes. I guess he's right, they have a buyer already, why bother with. Then I ask him why he won't answer and he replies, ""I don't have to talk to you, I am busy"" as he pulls the car into the shop. Well, I am sure he is busy, but he had time just five minutes when he was still trying to sell the car.
That's my account of my experience. I surely won't ever have anything repaired with them, _ever_.