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I traveled 300+ kms there and it was worth it - Shiz-Van
I live in Langley and I went all the way (a flight from YVR to YBL) to get my car from this branch. Was it worth the 500 kilometers trip (in total)? My answer is "Absolutely, I will do it again". But why? Here is my story:
I needed a car really fast, I had to get it and I had only 12 days to find the right one. I went to almost 10 dealerships (just to give you some perspective, average customer goes to 1.5 dealerships and then buys). My preference was either a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord. One of my experiences with them was that they ask you to come in and see what they can do for you. It is their technique, to lure you to their dealership, run your credit, get a couple of signatures and down-payment, and leave you with a done deal that you are not sure what it actually was. So my advice in general for all is that don't get soft, don't give up, a good deal is a good deal for both parties, if it is not a good deal based on your research, don't give in, keep looking. I eventually (after 6 days) found Toyota branch in Campbell River on the listings. They are all super nice people. I had the pleasure of meeting Nicole (she picked me up at the airport and drove me to their branch. We talked almost 15 minutes on the way and she showed me the fair that goes around in island on our way and told me about a young man who raised money by surfing every day January), Karen (she has quite a number of responsibilities, in one sentence she is there to make sure you are happy. She helped me with coffee and tea as soon as I arrived, assisted me with the test drive, showed me all of the features of the vehicle, ...., and even installed the plate on the car for me! Oh, also she helped me with pairing my cellphone as well), Kim (I did not ask about her title but I assume she is the manager since she oversaw the whole process. She is amazing, kind, and 100% transparent. A true professional. She took care of financial side of the deal overall from calculating the costs and setting up the monthly payment all the way through removing the lien which she promised to be done next business day), and also I talked with Erik ( yes, Erik, not Eric, and believe me he is as unique as his name is. I am sure it has happened to you when you talk to someone and you realize this person is great to work with. Erik is that type of person. He is one of the sales representatives here and I have to say he was very different from most of the reps I talked with, and I talked with at least 15 reps, so I think my test sample is quite reliable). To sum it all, buying a car should be hassle free and memorable, not a harsh experience. My experience with this team is 110% positive and this is not because of the gift they gave me on top of the deal. It is because they actually care and spend time for you :-)
I enjoyed my trip. I was astounded by the top-notch customer service, and I recommend this team to work with.
Thank you everyone, I appreciate your help. I hope (and I am sure) your business grows even more.
P.S. I will be copying this review on Google and Yelp as well since I think I wrote every nice thing possible :-D