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View Poll Results: For what reasons did you chose your dealer?
They offered the best price. 107 21.31%
They were the nearest dealer. 257 51.20%
They had the best sales staff. 105 20.92%
They were recomended to me or have a good reputation. 82 16.33%
They could get the car quickest. 78 15.54%
No particular reason. 16 3.19%
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Old Jan 9th, 2003, 09:50 AM
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For what reasons did you chose your dealer?

Just wondering what influenced your choice of dealer.
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Old Jan 9th, 2003, 10:09 AM
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Unless the dealer is horrible, sick, and evil, I buy cars where I have to take them for service.
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Old Jan 9th, 2003, 10:49 AM
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I chose "they were recommended to me" but what i really meant was "they are a long established local company that is widely known to have a good reputation"
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Old Jan 9th, 2003, 11:06 AM
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I ordered my car before they were launched and MINI information told me that Inverness was going to be my closest dealer, true as the crow flys but changed it to Aberdeen as that is were the boat docks.

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Old Jan 9th, 2003, 11:45 AM
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i had a choice of 2 dealers near home & 1 near work. i chose the closest to visit first, had not problems with them & placed my order without visiting the others. There's very little scope for haggling with the car anyway so why tramp from dealer to dealer for the sake of £100 or a set of mats?
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Old Jan 9th, 2003, 05:28 PM
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Cinci and Nashville (or was it Knoxville, don't remember)were equal distance, but we used to live in Cinci, and have friends to visit, and know where to go shop when we have to go up there for service. I never even actually called the dealer in TN to see what their wait was. Looking back now, I wonder why I didn't even check.
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We bought our car from Lauderdale MINI in Ft Lauderdale, FL (Best MINI dealer in S.Fla, strict MSRP and no markups) but I get it serviced at South Motors in Miami for it is closer to home and have a better service dept than Lauderdale MINI does, which is a good 30 miles away.

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Old Jan 12th, 2003, 05:16 PM
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Interesting split so far.

I chose mine because they had the best and most positive sales staff at the time.

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When the MINI was launched in the US last Spring, finding a dealer that could get me a car without playing pricing games (there were precious few of them back then) and could provide a car quickly meant I selected a dealer 2,200 miles away. (Obviously, it's a dealer I'll never visit for service )

A lot of other early MINI owners decided to do the same thing. Now that things have settled down somewhat, I'm sure people currently shopping for a MINI in the US can afford to worry about the lesser things such as location, service, sales staff etc.

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The closest dealer is 100 miles away so I'm going there when I'm ready to get on the list! My next closest is 3.5 hours away!
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I knew my dealer, had bought BMWs from them before, they gave me the best price, and got the car quickest !!
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Not the closest dealer (60+ vs. 45 miles away) - but the closest dealer in my home State (no tax issues) and offering MSRP at the time.

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I chose my dealer as it's close to my home and the fact that it's had a sucession of good looking saleswomen
I'm a sucker for a pretty face

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Cincy dealer was the closest, and by luck turned out to be among the best in the US.

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