Wired Magazine Blogs About Ask Patty: "Dealerships Unsafe for Women?"
Dealerships Unsafe for Women?
In the 21st century, is it still such an awful experience for women to shop for a car?
I came across a press release that caught my eye because it included the following:
"Ask Patty is a safe place for women to get advice on car purchases, maintenance and other automotive related topics."
So auto dealerships and garages must be threatening or at least minimally uncomfortable places for women to be as this article and blog posting attest. (Females please post a comment below if you've had a bad auto buying or repair experience.)
are several advice websites aimed at helping women to survive the car
buying experience with their dignity in tact, including Ask Patty, and an Edmunds' blog for women.
Perhaps the leading car websites are aimed at male buyers, but I'd be
surprised if women were frequently harassed if they posed questions
women aren't the only one who've had bad experiences
with car dealerships and garages, even males who know exactly what they
want done to their car, ie an engineer like me, get taken advantage
of. the last time i took my car in they didn't do what i asked them
to, only what would get them more $$$.
As a woman, I know that going onto a car lot is
pressure to purchase RIGHT NOW that I do not care to deal with. I go
else where. As far as repairs go, it's awful. I know a thing or 2
about cars myself. I do not need to be talked down to or feel like I
have to hold my ground about what it is that I want done.
My wife and I have both purchased
Saturn's. One of the main reasons was because the salesmen didn't
treat us like idiots. Now then... my wife knows a lot more about cars
than I do. Me, I know that I get in it and it takes me places and when
something's broken, I ask my wife.
Still she gets treated by
service persons and salesmen like a "girl". This happens much less at
Saturn (our local dealership has women running the service desk).
Yet, my mom is the one who negotiated every car the family has bought during the last ~16 years.
the other hand, my dad wouldn't trust her to know when a mechanic is
lying about mechanical problems. They just have different skill-sets.
funny part is that, the majority of the time, married men have to
consult their wives before they can make a purchasing decision.
do agree with what Gerhard Schroeder said, selling cars is purely about
profit margins. No matter how many feminized, touchy feely sales
tactics you wrap it up in, the process comes down to numbers in the end.
you're going to take anyone with you, take someone who will show the
salesperson who is boss. Doesn't matter if it's your grandmother, as
long as that person can do the trick.
you for posting this great article on Ask Patty and how women are
treated at dealerships...the comments posted so far are suberb!
Excellent feedbck from women. Our advisory panel of expert automotive
women get and answer many questions from women on the issues mentioned
here, especially their concerns about 'repairs' and getting a fair
Women can share their car dealership experiences on Ask
Patty as well and we will published them in our featured article
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