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As I mentioned in an earlier post, my current car is leased and my lease is almost up. I need to get a car to drive … and soon.
A week ago, my rarely-in-town husband and I went dealership hopping. Salesmen came out the minute we appeared on the various car lots, eager to show us cars.
By the way?
Every car salesperson I've encountered so far has been a man.
I haven't seen a female sales person on any of the car lots I've visited.
Do female sales people exist in the car industry? And if so, as what percentage of the sales workforce?
I find the lack of female presence shocking. This is (almost) the year 2012, right?
People are concerned about what when they buy a car?
• Gas mileage?
• Stereo systems, navigations systems and cup holders?
And why can't a woman discuss any of those things?
This last weekend, I went car shopping by myself.
Not one sales MAN, at any dealership I visited, greeted me or offered to help me.
What the HELL??
At one lot, I walked up to three salesmen who were just standing there doing nothing.
"Do you work here?" I asked.
"Yes," they nodded.
"Well, could one of you help me then?" I asked nicely.
They looked puzzled. Maybe shocked?
Where was my husband?
It was clear, by the manner of the salesman helping me, I wasn't being taken seriously. I asked questions; he answered as if he was indulging an amusing whimsy.
I requested a test drive and he replied, "Really?"
During the test drive, I asked questions about horsepower and torque …
He seemed surprised.
(By the way, I happen to be much more opinionated about engines than my husband.)
After my test drive, I left the dealership feeling like I was never once considered a "serious" buyer. The salesman's last comment to me was, "And so if you like it enough, your husband will come test drive it and see what he thinks?"
NO, no he won't.
My husband is not going to be the one driving this car, I am.
He doesn't want to test drive it – why would he?
Would he want to test drive our neighbor's car that he also won't be driving?
Also, guess who won't be getting my business?
The first car I ever bought (years ago) was a Honda. The salesman who helped me was friendly, nice, and treated me like an adult. There was no man involved in helping me buy that car.
Why would there be?
I was a single woman, fully supporting myself. I had a boyfriend at the time, but he wasn't the one buying the car and he wouldn't be the one driving it. I got a great deal on that Honda. I drove it for many years. Eventually, my employer provided me with a "company car" and I no longer needed it.
Why do so many car sales MEN assume a woman is incapable of buying (or selling?) a car?
I honestly can't get over my indignation.
I've now narrowed down my current search to two types of cars.
They were both offered at dealerships where I was treated like an intelligent adult, not an appendage of my husband.
No, absolutely not.
I will not buy a car from someone who treats me without the same respect they would treat a male customer.
Wake up car industry -
It's (almost) 2012.
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