As some of you regular readers may or may not know, we have been a one-car family (a 2009 Honda Accord that we bought from Northwest Honda dealership in Bellingham) for several years. Often, my husband would ride his Honda Ruckus scooter (who we lovingly call “Scoot”) to and from work. His commute is only about five miles, but he finally decided he was too old to be riding Scoot in the rain and cold of winter months.
So, we started looking online for quality used cars and found what looked like a good fit at Sims Honda dealership in Burlington. At the first meeting with our future car, I brought my father along because my husband couldn’t make it and my father is a ‘car guy.’ Having had our fair share of bad experiences with crappy used vehicles (did I mention my husband and I went through four cars in our first year of marriage. Yeah, we did), I wanted to bring him along to check it out.
A few days later I brought the whole family up to check out the potential newest member of our family. There was no way around it, I had to bring the three year old and the one year old to Sims Honda while my husband and I reviewed this car before ultimately buying it. Those of you who have had young children know what I’m talking about. The boredom, the getting into everything, etc.
Well, we had a fabulous experience, kids and all.
Before children, I never really appreciated how important a “family friendly buying experience” would be, but I’m here to tell you that we did not get one scowl or sideways glance as my three year old pretended to drive the Honda Pilot on the showroom floor. The guy in the nearby office simply laughed to the person he was on the phone with when my son purposefully walked into his office and waved.
The service manager recognized me from all the times I had brought in our Accord for oil changes and scheduled maintenances and didn’t seem bothered at all as my kids filled up their water cups, took candy from the billing counter candy jar or sprawled on the waiting room floor.
The salesman helping us, Don Corpolongo, was so friendly and didn’t ever seem annoyed when either my husband or myself ran off chasing one of our darlings. The staff showed our kids the musical presents under the tree and simply told them to be careful not to slam their fingers in the doors as they climbed in and out of the cars.
It really seemed like “family owned” meant something at Sims Honda.
The sales process was pretty quick and painless as Don explained all of our options. We feel really confident that we got a great used car knowing that Sims Honda takes pride in its reputation as one of the best Honda dealerships in Western Washington.
If I’m not making this clear enough, here’s the bottom line: we had a great, family friendly experience buying a great used car for a very reasonable price at Sims Honda. We would recommend buying a new or used car at Sims Honda to anyone, so give them a try the next time you are in the market for a new or used car!