Hi everybody, I am new here, looking into ordering a Cooper S in a couple of months.
Anyways, I heard an ad on Kiss 95.7 on my way into work this morning for New Country Mini. It said something about being open 24 hours on the 19th, with free giveaways, test drives, etc. Has anybody else heard anything about this?
EDIT: Fixed title.
Last edited by Chmeeee; Mar 8th, 2005 at 06:33 PM.
No word here but they often seem to keep their events secret. It's on the radio to solicit sales. You'd think they would get the word out to their customer base. What better way to generate enthusiasm than to have exicted existing customers extolling the virtues of Motoring.
I called, but the sales person I talked to was useless. He didn't know anything, so he went and asked his manager. The manager told him that this event meant they were opening an hour earlier at 8 and closing an hour later at 6. I think somebody has a little bit of bad information, because 8 AM - 6 PM does not equal 24 hours where I come from. He then proceeded to tell me that Saturdays are busy and that I better make an appointment. Seriously, you advertise an event for everybody to come in on the radio and then tell people over the phone that they might not have time to talk to you?
I met Ed at New Country MINI. I got there about 20 minutes prior to him.
I walked around the show room, sat on a stool, looked around again, etc.
Never approached by a sales person. They sat at their desks and looked stupid and did not acknowledge me.
The GM came in, walked right past me and never even said hello.
Nice way to run a business.
Missing my buddies Dan, Ed, and Diane but glad I have three angel buddies, And on a quest to Right Secco's Wrongs
I'd have to agree with Steve, I went to the New Country showroom for info shortly after I had purchased my MC used this past Nov. and thought it a bit odd that after waiting for a while, you had to go ask somebody for a little help and even that seemed to be pushing the "imposition" envelope. Wasn't impressed and didn't feel like I was missing much not buying my MINI at New Country. I've been in for service several times and haven't had any problems, the service people have been fine albiet a bit hurried and aloof,
nothing like the praises heaped on Peabody... I might have to sacrifice convenience and see how a MINI dealer is supposed to be.
How can you be in two places at once, when you're not anywhere at all ?
Well Ed. Check your mail. Yesterday I received one notice for each car i've serviced there. the notice says 24-hour. this saturday. I've had nice conversations with the sales staff. They seem a bit green... but very knowledgeable. I believe the staff has been in some flux.
The MINI showroom and offices will get the corner building when it is remodeled. BMW offices will go where MINI is now.
Yeah. I too had some quiet time. But to be absolutely sure - I appreciated the space i was given. THAT is how I like to see a car at first. In silence. NEVER seeing an MA. That's quite believable, as I do recall making first contact a couple of times.
We (hubby and I) figure that they feel they have no need to "sell" so they don't try too hard. Which might be true, cause when I went in to buy my Mini, I pretty knew what I wanted and pretty much forced myself on them. I prefer not to be jumped on by salespersons in any situation. The other couple of times I've been in I pretty much didn't wait around for someone to offer their services ... I just asked.
Now, my 10,000 service is coming up shortly (well, already past 10,000, but it says I still have more than 1,000 miles to go - guess my car is happy with my driving), so we'll see how their service dept. treats me.
Yeah, their staff seems in flux - my MA is no longer there. Gone off to be a mom.
We dropped in at 5:30pm. Aside from an announcement of the event and some ammount over invoice written on a dry erase board as we walked in the door, everything was usual at New Country MINI - pleasant, knowledgeable motoring advisors, no food, no drink, no banners, no music, no atmosphere. Everyone hoping to get out of there soon. It was a mediocre idea rather poorly executed. I wonder what this dealership does with it's corporate event money. Contrary to the flyer, there were no prizes, the cds were used "donations" (mostly promotional material) from the local radio station, with no recorded prize announcement, and the Ipod was not to be won, but given in Shuffle form with every car purchase. And yes, there was free reign of the showroom before anyone approached us.
Was there something going on earlier they were lax to tell us about????
Last edited by GMINI; Mar 20th, 2005 at 07:34 PM.
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