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wnelms
02-24-2006, 12:15 PM
Is this site legit?

http://www.dealerrater.com/search/dealers.asp?submitted=1&manuId=6&stateId=MD&dealerName=&x=15&y=3

I am looking to buy a new car for my wife soon. Hopefully, it will be another Bimmer...she likes Lexus!

If many of us spend a moment reviewing the comments, we can collectively determine if this resource should be a keeper. Thanks.

SMOODY
02-24-2006, 12:33 PM
Lexus - the anti-bimmer :tongue:

They are getting better though. They are very nice, comfortable, quiet, reliable, and about as fun to drive as a refrigerator.

AlfaEric
02-24-2006, 12:54 PM
I've only used two dealers in this area (Towson and Tischer), and have had good results from both. YMMV. OAC. And, of course, avoid Volkswagen Of Bethesda.

Vic
I think a lot of people don't separate complaints about sales and service. To me, they should be completely separate results for rating a dealership. I know a lot of people who are willing to travel across the country to get a good deal on a car. For service you are pretty much limited to what is in your immediate area. I know a lot of people who have bought their cars from VOB and have been satisfied yet at the same time I know a lot of people who won't bring their cars there for service. To have a rating system that merges both service and sales isn't useful IMHO.

---Eric

wwb4
02-28-2006, 12:20 AM
I've heard about that site, and actually posted comments there myself. However, I would definitely have to agree with what several posters have said in regards that unfortunately people aren't able to seperate or differentiate between sales and service.......and also it can't be moderated......anybody can get on there and type as many comments as they like whether or not they really have experience with sales/service at a particular dealership.

1996 328ti
02-28-2006, 12:58 AM
It's interesting ready all the comments.
For instance, when I bought my 98 ti from Passport, it was a great buying experience and service was excellent. It's all how you treat people. Bagels and cream cheese go a long way.

When we bought our MINI from Sterling, I don't have any major complaints. I now bring the MINI to Towson because Bill is there.

Wherever you go you need to develop a relationship.
I buy parts from Tischer (sorry Bill) since they are close to me.
Plus Donnie in parts always treats me well.

VOB, well that is another story. When I was looking for a new car they wouldn't give me the time of day. Anytime I needed to buy a part it was special order and expensive.

wwb4
02-28-2006, 01:05 AM
VOB, well that is another story. When I was looking for a new car they wouldn't give me the time of day. Anytime I needed to buy a part it was special order and expensive.

I've heard a lot of the same negative things about VOB, I try to stay away from them at all causes.

schosports
03-06-2006, 08:12 AM
When we bought our MINI from Sterling, I don't have any major complaints. I now bring the MINI to Towson because Bill is there.

Wherever you go you need to develop a relationship.
I buy parts from Tischer (sorry Bill) since they are close to me.
Plus Donnie in parts always treats me well.

Thanks Steven. Donnie is a good guy. I went to a BMW Managers Academy with him.

Just to to toot our own horn for a second............ we did just receive BMW’s Center of Excellence award :)
We finished 2005 #1 in CSI in market 16 (Baltimore/Philadelphia) and ranked 26th out of 340 BMW centers nationally.

jhm5
03-06-2006, 11:37 AM
regarding the original request about dealerrater... it's certainly not scientific research... relies simply on voluntary input and i'm sure there's no way to check the validity of the entries.

generally speaking, regarding a new car purchase, you might want to shop for price for bargaining purposes, but try to buy from the dealer where you expect to service the car. you might do better establishing a relationship with the dealer if you do warranty/maintenance work where you buy it.