Couple That Left Car Dealership Begging Delights Internet: ‘Walk Away’

Internet commentators were excited to congratulate a woman who had followed directions from a car dealership to Good.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/MaliciousCompliance, Redditor u/dumpster_fire_15 (aka the original poster or OP) said she had been in the market for a new car for months and explained how a pushy finance executive made the purchase extended even longer process.

Captioned: “Don’t Like It, Go.” The post received almost 29,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments in the last day.

“My husband and I were shopping for a car since I was in a car accident earlier in the summer,” OP began. “Our car was totaled in the accident and it was a loooong process.”

Going on to explain that the couple had finally settled on the car they wanted, the original poster said they had brought their children to the dealership, 90 minutes from home.

The original poster also said that after a final test drive, the safe purchase of the car turned out to be anything but safe.

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“We did one more test drive and were ready to sign everything. Then the games began,” OP wrote. “After almost a two-hour wait…the finance person started selling us all the add-ons the merchants are trying.

“We told her we didn’t want anything extra…[and] suddenly there is a dealer fee for selling a car this time of year. Almost $1,000 for that nonsense,” OP continued. “Then she says we can leave if we don’t like the fee as they have people begging to buy cars from them.

“So my husband and I got up to leave… I laughed at her and told her to go out and buy one of those beggars [the car]’ OP added. “So far the finance person has called twice and the seller four times. I guess they didn’t expect someone to come this far and then walk away.”

Although buying a car has never been a cheap endeavor, record inflation rates have made it almost impossible for many in the United States to acquire a new set of wheels.

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Data released this June by Kelley Blue Book showed that the median retail price of a new car in the US was a whopping $48,043, up 12 percent from 2021.

Used cars, long viewed as a much cheaper alternative to brand new vehicles, aren’t faring much better, with CoPilot reporting an average selling price of $33,341 in June.

Unsurprisingly, astronomical price tags have tremendously slowed car purchases.

From January to July, new car sales in the US fell significantly compared to the previous year, according to the auto market forecast Marklines. And although more cars were sold this August than last year, the 4.3 percent increase in sales was small, especially after a July that saw an 11 percent drop from 2021.

However, in her viral Reddit post, the original poster said the dealership claimed it had people clamoring for new cars and that they just didn’t need OP’s business — until she and her husband walked out the door.

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Upset couple in car dealership
Upset couple in car dealership. Members of Reddit’s r/MaliciousCompliance forum rallied behind a mother who left a dealership without a new car after a finance executive tried to impose myriad additional charges.
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Throughout the comments section of the viral post, Redditors praised the original poster for calling the dealership bluff and bailing herself and her family out of a financially predatory situation.

“Good for you that you didn’t fall for her [bulls**t]’ commented Redditor u/PeorgieTirebiter.

“Play dumb games, lose a sellout,” wrote Redditor u/Howard_James_Dudy.

“Anytime someone is messing around in a high value transaction, the best rate [of action] is to go,” interjected Redditor u/BluehibiscusEmpire. “Because when they’re pre-sold like that, it gets a lot worse after you give them the money.”

Amid a flurry of similar comments, Redditor u/ModingusKhan shifted the focus to the human element associated with an abandoned business, inspiring a reaction from the original poster.

“I bet the look on her face was priceless,” commented u/ModingusKhan.

“It was incredible,” OP affirmed.

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