Couple That Left Car Dealership Begging Delights Internet: 'Walk Away'

Internet commenters were eager to congratulate one woman who followed instructions from a car dealership too well.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/MaliciousCompliance, Redditor u/dumpster_fire_15 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said she has been in the market for a new car for months and explained how one pushy finance manager extended the buying process even longer.

Titled, "Don't like it, leave." the post has received nearly 29,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments in the last day.

"My husband and I have been car shopping, as I was in an auto accident at the beginning of summer," OP began. "Our car was totaled in the accident and it has been a loooong process."

Continuing to explain that the couple finally decided on the car they wanted, the original poster said they brought their kids along to the dealership, 90 minutes from home.

The original poster also said that, after a final test drive, the sure-thing car purchase turned out to be anything but guaranteed.

"We did one more test drive and were ready to sign everything. Then the games started," OP wrote. "After an almost 2-hour wait...the finance person started by trying to upsell us on all the add-ons dealers try to.

"We told her we didn't want anything extra...[and] all of a sudden there is a dealership fee for selling us a car at this time of year. Nearly $1K for this nonsense," OP continued. "Then she states that if we don't like the fee, we could leave, as they have people begging to buy cars from them.

"So, my husband and I stood to leave...I laughed at her and told her to go out and get one of those beggars to buy [the car]," OP added. "So far the finance person has called twice and the salesperson has called 4 times. I guess they weren't expecting someone to get that far and then walk away."

Although buying a car has never been a cheap endeavor, record inflation rates have made it nearly impossible for many in the United States to acquire a new set of wheels.

This June, data published by Kelley Blue Book revealed that the average sale price of a new car in the U.S. was a whopping $48,043, marking a 12 percent increase from 2021.

Used cars, long viewed as a much cheaper alternative to brand new vehicles, aren't much better, with CoPilot reporting an average sale price of $33,341 in June.

Unsurprisingly, astronomical price tags have slowed car purchases tremendously.

From January until July, new car sales in the U.S. were down considerably from last year, according to automotive market forecaster Marklines. And while more cars were sold this August than last, the 4.3 percent increase in sales was minor, especially following a July that saw an 11 percent decrease from 2021.

In her viral Reddit post, however, the original poster said the car dealership claimed it had people clamoring for new cars, and that they simply didn't need OP's business—until she and her husband walked out the door.

Couple upset at car dealership
Couple upset at car dealership. Members of Reddit's r/MaliciousCompliance forum rallied behind one mother who left a dealership without a new car after a finance manager attempted to tack on a myriad of extra fees. Drazen Zigic/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Throughout the viral post's comment section, Redditors commended the original poster for calling the dealership's bluff and removing herself, and her family, from a financially predatory situation.

"Good on you for not falling for their [bulls**t]," Redditor u/PeorgieTirebiter commented.

"Play stupid games, lose out on a sale," Redditor u/Howard_James_Dudy wrote.

"Whenever someone messes around in a high value transaction, the best course [of action] is to leave," Redditor u/BluehibiscusEmpire chimed in. "Because if they are like that pre sale, it will be a lot worse after you have given them the money."

Amid a sea of similar comments, Redditor u/ModingusKhan shifted focus to the human element associated with an aborted deal, inspiring a response from the original poster.

"I bet the look on their face was priceless," u/ModingusKhan commented.

"It was amazing," OP assured.