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You won't believe what this idiot car salesman told me today...

I went by a local Dodge dealer today to see the 7 inch LCD instrument panel display in the new Darts, just out of curiosity. I was sent to some noob car salesman, he had to be in the 20-25 year age range.

As I was looking under the hood of a 1.4 Turbo Dart, he showed me the under-hood insulation pad, and pointed out the plastic round fasteners used to hold the pad to the hood. The same kind of plastic fasteners I've seen on Mopars for many years.

So this genius tells me those plastic fasteners are designed to melt in case of an engine fire, and the insulation pad falls on the engine and smothers the fire! Yes, he really said this! I about told him he was a frickin' idiot to his face, it was so ridiculous! I came right out and told him that comment was going online! And here it is.

Then he starts about "Look how light the hood is", like that's a selling point, and "Look at all that trunk space". I pretty much ignored him after that hood pad comment.

The 7 inch display was lame too, It seems you can only move around the speedometer, compass, and shift indicator. The Tach and Fuel gauges aren't in the LCD and stay on the sides.

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I'd believe it

Before I even read it, I was thinking to myself, there is nothing I wouldn't believe a car salesman is capable of saying.
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Oh SNAP! You brought the facts, hahaha! I guess it just goes to show that we never know as much as we think we do. Imagine, this bloke almost called the salesman an idiot! ^_^


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Yep, those ARE meant to melt in case of a fire. You shouldn't be so quick to jump down a kids throat when he knows what hes talking about. That kid probably puts a good amount of work into his job and did a better job by showing you the car and its features than sitting on his ass at his desk.
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did someone stick his entire foot in his mouth... poor guy he was so excited to share his fresh learning with a prospective client... that's gotta hurt
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Someone deserves an apology.
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Interesting article, the salesman should have couched his statement with more information such as "while engine fires are very rare, if it happens to you, this feature can buy you extra time to get out in that "rare" situation" might have made it more believable than just throwing it out with a list of other options.

But, I don't agree that having a "light" metal for the hood is good at all because of what we're finding out with our Challengers and the metal warping and buckling from everyday usage. You just know what the car is going to look like in about two years with the outer panels all dented and warped.
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Before I even read it, I was thinking to myself, there is nothing I wouldn't believe a car salesman is capable of saying.
Plus one to that.

Is engine fire likely? Hell of a sales pitch!
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Originally Posted by Tim_K View Post

As I was looking under the hood of a 1.4 Turbo Dart, he showed me the under-hood insulation pad, and pointed out the plastic round fasteners used to hold the pad to the hood. The same kind of plastic fasteners I've seen on Mopars for many years.

So this genius tells me those plastic fasteners are designed to melt in case of an engine fire, and the insulation pad falls on the engine and smothers the fire! Yes, he really said this! I about told him he was a frickin' idiot to his face, it was so ridiculous! I came right out and told him that comment was going online! And here it is.
That must be in the salesman training manual as my salesman said the same thing about the fasteners on my Challenger as he was showing it and going over the features, but it made sense to me, then the idiot proceeds to slam the hood shut from 3 feet up with an earth shattering boom, I about lost it on him then and after my scolding session was over I made him raise it back up so I could look for damage, then I showed him it can be shut with a gentle push.
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