Paying it Forward... Saying a Special Thanks to Three Great Guys at the Car Dealership!

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Paying it Forward... Saying a Special Thanks to Three Great Guys at the Car Dealership!

Yesterday I dropped off my 2003 car which had over 150,000 miles on it and which I had purchased as new.  The warranties were out and a couple of weeks ago I had to be towed.  It was beginning to cost me more to keep this car so made the decision to trade it in.

On June 30th I went to the dealership to deal.  Their goal was to have sold 100 new cars in June.  I knew that they would be willing to deal in order to meet that goal and sure enough they were.  The place was so busy and they only had two financial gentlemen to work with everyone who was buying.

I got there a little before 6pm and did not get out of there until after midnight.  The two salesmen and the financial gentleman were fabulous to work with thru-out the process.

Yesterday when I went by to pick up my beautiful new car I took a bottle of wine with a hand written note and gave to each of them.  I could tell that they were totally shocked.

They were also thrilled with me for I was the 100th person to purchase a new car in June.

Judith Parker, CRS, GRI

Keller Williams

www.CharlotteHomeInfo.com

jparker@kwcharlotte.com

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Vickie Slade
Steps Real Estate, LLC - Boulder, CO
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Judith, how awesome!  I have a 2003 car too, which I bought new.  I'm just crossing over 76,000 so I am getting close to needing that new car.  No doubt each and every one of them at the dealership will remember you, and.... more importantly, think of you when they get ready to purchase a home.

Now.... tell us..... what does your new ride look like?  Black?  Red?  Silver perhaps?  Do post a picture of your new wheels....

July 02, 2011 11:39 PM #3
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
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Judith, How serendipitous … reading this makes me smile. You must have really received outstanding service. I’ll bet they may never have received such gratitude from a customer.

July 03, 2011 12:39 AM #4
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Rob Thomas
Prestige Homes of The Tri Cities, Inc. CALL....423-341-6954 - Bristol, TN
Bristol TN-VA & Tri Cities Agent, ABR, GRI, e-Pro

Judith....I'm glad you had a good experience.....Enjoy!
Hope you have a great 4th of July weekend!---Rob

Go Vols!

July 03, 2011 05:47 AM #5
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Patricia Feager, MBA, GRI, Cert Negotiations Expert, Military Relo Prof
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
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Judith,

I'm glad you shared your story and I know those guys will not forget you. I hope you're happy with your car and you get to keep it a little longer. You'd be surprised how far a car can go. The car I had before the one I have now got up to 208,000 miles and I gave it away for charity. Enjoy the long holiday weekend and have fun!

July 03, 2011 07:15 AM #6
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Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
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Judith... What a wonderful story.  Now for the most important question of all.. what kind of vehicle did you purchase?  Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

July 03, 2011 08:54 AM #7
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

I bet they were surprised! Good luck with your new car.

July 03, 2011 09:34 AM #8
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Centennial, CO
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Hi Judith,  Nice touch with the wine, now make sure the service department gets some also.  Have a great Sunday!

July 03, 2011 10:13 AM #9
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
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Being that you were lucky 100, I am sure they would have done anything to make the deal work.  Still, it's nice to shwo them your appreciation with the wine.

July 03, 2011 11:44 AM #10
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Silvia Dukes PA, REALTOR
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
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Judith, six hours! ... and people think it's a lot of paperwork to buy a house!  lol  Congratulations on your new car and being so thoughtful to show your gratitude to the salespeople at the car dealership!  Appreciation is always appreciated!

July 03, 2011 01:39 PM #11
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Vickie, you have half the mileage that I had and the same age.  While my mother and step-father lived in Ormond Beach, Fl., I used to drive there many times per year.  The new color is Arctic White with chocolate leather interior.  It is beautiful.  Will send a picture later.

July 03, 2011 04:08 PM #12
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Kathleen, they were all very pleasantly surprised.  I know how I feel when a client appreciates everything that I have done.  It is a nice feeling.

July 03, 2011 04:09 PM #13
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Rob, it was a great experience and I usually dread dealing with car salesman.  Took the slow approach and it really worked.  Have a super 4th of July!

July 03, 2011 04:10 PM #14
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Patricia, I was afraid to keep my car any longer for each trip to have it serviced was costing me more and more.  It was running great so a good time to trade.  Happy 4th!

July 03, 2011 04:12 PM #15
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Valerie...drum roll...I purchased a new...check my blog later and I will share a picture.  Have a wonderful afternoon!

July 03, 2011 04:13 PM #16
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Andrea, they were surprised and all of the salesman who did not work with me were asking me where their card and bottle of wine were and could they have some.  It was funny.

July 03, 2011 04:14 PM #17
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Will, my favorite service man works at another dealership.  I will have to develop a new and trusting relationship here.

July 03, 2011 04:15 PM #18
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Chris Ann, I knew I was close to being the 100th but not sure.  I actually left and drove away and came back.  It worked beautifully.  We all ended with a win...win.

July 03, 2011 04:17 PM #19
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Silvia, signing all of those papers before midnight was not easy.  I was tired and ready to go home.  Thanks for your kind words of support.

July 03, 2011 04:18 PM #20
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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate LLC - Aurora, CO
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Oh my gosh.  How exciting.  You must post a picture of your new baby.  How every thoughtful of you.  I'm sure they never get nice things done for them.

July 03, 2011 07:30 PM #21
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Belinda, I will take some pictures tomorrow and share.  It was so nice to see how shocked they were to be treated for once for a job well done.  Have a great 4th of July!

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