As some of you might know, I had a friend that died recently, and both my wife and I decided to get what we want out of life now, instead of waiting for the house to be paid off.
So, I've been hunting for M2/M3/M4/Cayman/Boxter/911, with a manual. Very hard to find in Colorado.
My M2 search is for 2018+ models, under $50000. One popped up somewhat locally for me, down in Denver metro area, some 90 minutes away from me. Gray, 22k miles, $45k, slightly higher than nationwide pricing but in line with KBB and NADA and decent for Colorado as we don't get many here.
I contacted them, verified the car arrived, and that it was a manual. Amazing service off the bat - they contacted me right away, told me they changed all 4 tires, sent me a personal video walkthrough of the car, told me they were waiting for one part, and when I asked what part, they said "license plate bracket". I figure it was one of those front bumper brackets which attaches to the bumper and the plate lives in it, just like I have on my Abarth. Those are model specific, so I presumed they were just waiting on that part.
So, I arrange a time to come and drive it - wife was heading downtown to pickup some work stuff, and I figured I'd tag along. Usually, we'd take the RDX for highway driving, but I brought the Abarth so I could trade it in case I couldn't leave without the BMW. I arranged an approximate time, told him I'd call when I leave Fort Collins and when I leave downtown for more precise ETA.
I texted when I left FoCo, and 43 minutes later, as we arrived to downtown Denver, got an answer that they were still waiting on the part. The license plate bracket. So before I left downtown for another 30 minute drive down to Highland Ranch, I texted if I could still drive the car as he was sounding like I couldn't, although a license plate bracket doesn't matter - dealers in Colorado just slap a magnetic DLR PLT on the back or even on the dash and you are good to go.
Well, not this one apparently, this one could only show me the car - after we've been chatting for 2 days about driving it - but I couldn't drive it. Standard dealer bullshit of "get them in the showroom regardless of everything".
I text again, telling him I need to know within 5 minutes if I can drive the car or not, in awe that I can't drive it after we talked about it for two days, after I drove 70 miles, all because of the missing bracket.
No text comes back, wife comes back to the car in 5 minutes, and we turn around and head home.
26 minutes after I texted him that I needed to know in 5 minutes if I should head down or not, I get another message saying he's still looking into it. I was already half way out of Denver by then.
I politely texted him that I was half way home, and thank you for your help.
Another 15 minutes later, and suddenly "he obtained exclusive permission to drive it before they get the license plate bracket". I'm like are you fucking kidding me here?
Suddenly, I am getting calls from the sales manager, texts are arriving and they are so sorry, and they will make it right, just come in.
Well, go fuck yourselves. I bought two previous vehicles from Schomp. Guess where the third one won't be coming from??
I am still in shock a bit, that they used a missing license plate bracket as an excuse to try to get me into the showroom, but not to allow me a test drive.
I hate how dealers ruin a huge part of my hobby and the shopping experience because of... I don't even know why. At least they didn't do false imprisonment like they tend to do with missing keys for the trade in and not letting you leave.