How to Not Sell My Wife a Car

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Reader Comments (50)

My wife and I had the inverse experience buying a stove. My wife does not cook. I cook all the family meals.

It turned into a teenage sulk scenario...

What sort of cooker are you looking for

What kind of cooker do you want chef?

A gas cooker

He's the chef and he'd like a gas cooker

We've got some really good electric cookers at the moment

They don't seem to have any gas cookers chef. Or sales people for that matter. Let's go elsewhere...

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterancient.brit

My friend's older brother was a car salesman for 2 years. He took the opposite approach.
He would give customers all the info on the car they were looking at, but would tell them, "I'm not going to sell you a car today." Instead, he would tell them to check out the competition's prices and service before deciding. Took all the pressure off. They almost always came back, checkbook in hand.
He was the top salesman there, 2 years running.

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

So I guess I'm lucky that when I went to buy a car with my husband, the salesman paid attention to what he thought I wanted.

Of course, he thought I wanted a low running-board on the passenger side so I could get in easily, but still.

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Hey Mike. Is that why he isn't still selling cars? Because he was so good at it?

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

Great instructions! I can't wait to get started not selling your wife a car right away!

July 18, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterspamcannon

I am a fan of Miss Manners' advice for this situation: Ask the clueless salesperson to transfer you to a colleague of his who is comfortable dealing with female customers.

July 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Sexism is exactly as dead as racism.

July 20, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEric RoM

...aaand this is why I bought a Scion for my first new car. I made sure to have them overnight a new one from the port in Long Beach. I get very, very angry when I want to buy something, and the dealer has *molested* it with shit I don't want - window tint that's overpriced and not dark enough; door-edge protectors that cost pennies but are being priced at 100 bucks.

I could go on and on... and this is why I can't find a house I like. It's too late now, though. Mortgage rates have gone up an entire percent, and sellers here in Phoenix think they can just add $60k to the price of SHITTY HOUSES because somehow the "market" is allowing it. Meanwhile, there's no middle ground - either the houses are "bulldozer-worthy", or they're over-remodeled.

It doesn't matter if the remodeling happens to be exactly what I might do myself - if somebody else did it, it's no good. >:O

July 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

This happened to my husband and I when we were using in the old truck to get a crossover. The salesman ignored me the whole time and focused on my husband. When it came time to talk prices, the salesman asked my husband what he was thinking of spending, he said, "I don't know, you'll have to ask my wife. She handles all the finances."

The "oh crap" look on the salesmen's face was priceless.

July 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

except that the site no longer exists.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLeopara

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