My fiance and I purchased our new car at Pathway Hyundai in Orleans - but now wish we hadn’t. The saleswoman, Laura, was friendly and very helpful, but that’s unfortunately where the praise for Pathway ends. The sales manager that came to talk to us during the financial negotiations was painful to deal with. We had originally stopped by just to get a price quote, however we ended up being pressured and guilt-ed into buying a car that night. We were told by the sales manager that we had already taken up so much of the saleswoman’s time, and his time, that we couldn’t dare leave and look elsewhere. We were also lied to about the cars in stock at another Hyundai dealership nearby (which we had already made an appointment at for a test drive the next night, so we knew that they had the car we wanted in stock). Finally, the sales manager, who had spent 5 minutes putting down this other Hyundai dealership, essentially threatened that if we didn’t buy a car from him, he would call
the other dealership and tell them not to sell us a car. He claimed that this was a strategy that he had used before. After about half an hour of private deliberations, my fiance and I finally decided that, against our better judgment, we were so worn down by the whole process that we just wanted to get it over with and buy the car rather than have to go through the whole thing again elsewhere. After making that decision, we proceeded to wait around for an hour for a finance manager, to finalize our financial information. At 8:45pm we finally opted to go home and to return the next day.
The next day, after another hour of waiting, we finally met with the finance manager. He was pleasant - for the first sixty seconds. Once he launched into his spiel about the types of warranties and products we should buy from him, and realized that we weren’t interested, he quickly turned hostile. He refused to look me in the eye or address me directly, which as a woman, I found incredibly offensive. Once we finally told him we weren’t interested in any of the extras, he printed out a form for us to sign, threw it onto the table in front of us, and said to my fiance to sign it “and to have her sign it too” (referring to me). He was incredibly rude and short with us for the rest of our appointment. It was very awkward, and I am still offended, weeks later, about how he treated us (especially me, his female client).
Last week, 3 weeks after our car purchase, we heard from Pathway’s General Manager. He seemed sincere in his apology, and upset with how we had been treated. He talked to both my fiance and I, and asked what he could do to gain back our trust and business. We promised to call him back the next day after we’d had a chance to discuss things privately. We called the next day and left him a message - yet, a week later, we haven’t heard back from him (we even tried him again yesterday, and left him another message, to give him one more chance. Still nothing). It seems like he has inadvertently proved the very point that he was trying so desperately to disprove - that the customer service at Pathway Hyundai is absolutely despicable. Please learn from our mistake - there are far too many other Hyundai dealerships in Ottawa/Orleans for you to waste your time, or money, at Pathway Hyundai.