This dealership is an absolute disaster. We moved to Edmonton from the USA. We chose to finance a car at this dealership, because we have been loyal Nissan customers in the US, and also the dealership had 4+ stars in reviews. Sales team made efforts to get us the lowest interest on the new car (7%) as they said, which was explained by the absence of a credit history in Canada. I appreciate that but I know there are car loan programs in Canada for newcomers that help defray interest costs. Having 0% interest in the USA when we first bought our car with 0 credit history there, 7% in Canada was a bit of a shock. Giving 10,000 Canadian dollars for downpayment - roughly third of the car's cost - should have helped getting a better interest rate, but it didn't. Now, after almost a year of paying the loan with diligence, we want to refinance the current loan with Nissan bank. We thought that should have been easy as 1-2-3, given our boost in credit score up to 800, but it's not working. The sales manager explained that in order to refinance, we would need to pay the remainder of the loan and then sell it back to Nissan to apply for a new loan with a lower interest rate. Sounds ridiculous, right? If we had money to pay the loan all at once, why would we take another loan? The other option I suggested was to deposit another $10,000 towards the loan and lower the monthly payment which is not possible as well. The manager offered to contact other banks in the area and apply for personal loans. After doing research, it is clear that banks do not offer lower rates because it is not long-term like a house loan, so they don't make much money out of it. This is a weird situation when we have the ability to lower our loan rate, but we can't.
Service department is even a larger mess. We have oil change package with them, so we came a few times for that service. Every time I made an appointment online or through the phone, something wrong happened - either the system error didn't record the appointment or there was no shuttle available even though we requested it. A shuttle driver is a separate story as well. Not only he is grumpy, he doesn't wear seat belt while driving!!! There was a lady at the reception who was rude, messy and grumpy as well. I think she doesn't work anymore. We had some issue with sunroof and we had to leave a car for a few days to inspect. It turned out that we waited for 2 weeks to get it back, because when a technician was repairing one part he was accidentally breaking other parts, so they needed to order them and wait until they arrive, Another negative was that he left marks on the interior leather, and by the way, they never wash your car after service, not even a splash of water. Waiting times are also ridiculous. It is an average of 3 hours for a regular oil change, if you are not lucky enough to get a shuttle. They take a lot of orders and don't seem to have many technicians. Also, it turned out that we have factory defects with the sunroof, and recently we have received a factory recall letter about ABS.
The bottom line is we have a one-year old car with factory defects. We are paying 7% interest on this car for the next 5 years and have a terrible service on it. I would NOT recommend this dealership for any business. We are looking for other dealerships to be serviced at.