Dennis & Cindy Brune
2005 Corvette Roadster “Velocity Yellow on Black”
I am a retired high school teacher whose dream has always been to own a Corvette. I finally talked my wife into agreeing with the idea, and I spent months searching for the right car when I found a yellow 2005 convertible advertised on Craig’s List by Joe Harvey who works for Speedway Chevrolet in Monroe, Washington. Included in the primary picture of the car were about a dozen additional pictures showing both the interior and the exterior of the car. Generally when someone includes that many pictures, they have nothing to hide, and indeed the car is as pristine as the photos indicated, and it is everything and more than Joe described it to be. Joe and I exchanged several phone calls and e-mails before I actually traveled to Monroe to see the Corvette for myself. Joe met me with a smile and a firm handshake, took a considerable amount of time to show me every detail of the car, and it is everything he advertised it to be. One of the things I really liked about dealing with Joe was the fact that he let me take the car out for the initial test drive by myself, something I have never had a car salesman let me do. Driving alone, I could concentrate on the car, listen for anything that might not sound right, focus on how the car handled and drove, all without a salesman interrupting me with a sales pitch. Joe then cordially took my wife out for her first ride in a convertible.
Joe handled the negotiations process for the price of the car very professionally without any uncomfortable pressure to buy, always with respect for my wife and me, and always cordial. I have worked as a professional negotiator, and Joe was the most considerate “adversary” that I have faced. I have dealt with car salesmen in the past who would tell me what a huge mistake I was making if I did not take their deal, but we met with none of that from Joe, and, in fact, the deal we made was actually about $50 less than I finally offered.
I was very impressed with Joe through the whole process. He was honest about everything; the car was everything and more than he said it was; and since the deal was closed, he has responded to any questions I have sent to him by e-mail immediately. Since this was my first Corvette, I had and have a lot to learn, and Joe has always been available to help me out with any questions I have had about the car and where to buy any Corvette specialty parts that I want to add to the car. Many car salesmen, once the deal is done and you have driven away, won’t even bother returning any messages, but Joe does not forget the people who buy from him. If I am ever in the market for a new Chevrolet, which I soon may be to replace my trade-in, I would not hesitate to give Joe a call and arrange to deal with him.
As an afterthought, as part of the deal on the car, I bought a paint and interior protective treatment as I always do when I buy a new car…they are well worth the money in my experience…, and so I had to deal with Speedway Chevrolet’s service department. They, also, gave me first rate treatment, supplying me with an overnight “loaner” while the work was being done on my car. My whole experience with Speedway Chevrolet, I must say, was very positive.