Sometimes I suspect that bare feet make pretty good scumbag detectors. There is often a certain suspicious mindset and lack of broadmindedness that they invoke.
And in my experience, that applies to buying a car.
I have to stress that these are my experiences, and maybe cannot be generalized. As with anything dealing with cars, your mileage may vary.
I’ve had experience buying 4 cars while barefoot.
The first was a car for my wife. The dealership never mention the fact that I was barefoot. It simply didn’t matter. On the other hand, it was her car, and she did the test driving.
The second was quite a bit different. This was my daughter’s first car, and she was looking for a fairly inexpensive but serviceable used one. She’d carefully run through internet ads and found one she wanted to look at.
So we went to look at it.
You could tell right away that the salesperson wasn’t the sharpest tack in the box. And then it came to a test drive.
First, they wouldn’t let my daughter drive the car, since she was under 25. And then they said that I couldn’t drive it because I was barefoot, and we all know that driving barefoot is illegal.
This was not only the salesperson, but the entire sales office saying this. They also wouldn’t believe me, nor would they look it up.
Of course, my daughter was mortified. “Dad!”
But about that time we also discovered that they had “accidentally” mislabeled the car, and wanted an extra $1,000 for it (despite what their advertisement said).
That made it very easy to walk away. And a score for the scumbag detector.
My daughter instead bought her car (still running) somewhere else. Somewhere else that didn’t care about my bare feet, and also let her test drive the car herself. You know, somewhere else that was reputable.
But my best experience was when I bought my latest Subaru. In January. A perfectly comfortable January, as far as I was concerned.
I bought the car at the same place I’d bought my previous Subaru, 10 years earlier (though back then I was a little less bold and wore flip-flops). But this time I didn’t bother, and it made no difference.
They did ask me about my bare feet. But it was clear that it was because they were curious. I don’t mind curiosity; I mind idiocy.
Test drive? They didn’t even want to photocopy my driver’s license first. “Here. Take it out.”
It was an easy sale.
For that sort of money, why would anybody make it hard to buy, like that other place did? But if a car dealership really is interested in attracting customers, that shows through in their attitudes.
Even their attitudes to customers who are barefooted.