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.
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?
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.
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.
'02 MINI Cooper CVT
On Order: 2004 MCS (Est production date: 9/5/03)
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.
+ 2002 MINI Cooper S - Dark Silver / White roof, Sport, Premium, Lapis blue leather
+ 1965 Mini Traveller - Tartan Red / White roof, 1275, Cooper S discs, fully restored/renewed
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