I called this dealer about 2 months ago on a used vehicle they had advertised. They asked for my number so they could check and call back. I don't live in the area but was there visiting a relative so called them to see the vehicle. A salesperson called me back to say, sorry, the vehicle has just been sold and is waiting for the deal to close and vehicle pick up.
Fast forward 2 months later. I have already bought another vehicle, but would be willing to buy the make/model I want and sell what I purchased. I noticed the vehicle was still/up again on Autotrader. I also checked their website and the vehicle is listed there also.
I inquired once again about the vehicle and was asked for my name/number so they could call back (the sales guy "wasn't sure" if it was already sold). He said something about a yellow flag on the listing (whatever). He called back in 1 minute saying the vehicle was sold and just waiting for pickup.
These are the type of antics I would expect from a shady used car dealer, i.e., leaving the listing active well after the vehicle was sold just to get more calls. There is in fact, and has not been for some time, that vehicle at the dealer. The sales guys are obviously in on the whole thing as they do the same song and dance every time.
I would think that a new car dealer would want a good reputation for dealing fairly and honestly with the public, their customers and prospective customers.
I have spent hundreds of hours on Autotrader and other sites over the past several years as I buy/change vehicles more often than most people. I know this deceitful tactic goes on regularly in the used car business, and it was so obvious in this case I just had to write about it. I don't want to hear back from the dealer that the previous sale did not go through, blah, blah, blah. It was a done deal last time, and the behaviour of the sales reps was just obvious.