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I enquired to Churchs Performance Cars about a car and as I live a 2 hour drive wanted to clarify their advert stating it was “Immaculate and outstanding condition”. I specifically asked about the cars bodywork for a 3 year old car if it had any dents? Quoted by Jon and Charlie “There are no dents and I will not be disappointed”. I requested a video and was promised there are no dents. Made my way down to the dealership by train and taxi and once I arrived was greeted by Charlie and immediately noticed a dent , then another 5 at least. Around both doors and rear passenger wing. I wasn’t happy at the expense and journey I was out of pocket and my own fault for getting a single ticket plus trusting their word. With the dents I wasn’t prepared to buy the car and always was said I can pay for the car and they will get the dents removed. I wasn’t prepared to pay for a car as there is no guarantee all dents would be removed and trust was out of the window and I would be stuck with a car. Charlie said you’ll be sure to get your money back if I wasn’t happy with the dent work done by their technician, I could always sell the car and get my money back. I replied are they selling me the car at cost, obviously their not. I demanded my deposit and had to listen to Jon telling me how much of a good car it is minus £25 a dent to remove. I stated you lied about the dents and then told not to bring that up, I shouldn’t walk away from a great car and at one point stating they didn’t think i was serious about buying the car a ploy to buy the car to make a point but I’m not that weak or stupid. 1st thing I requested was a video to clarify their advert. They stated the car has no dents, that’s why I left a deposit. They could of just been honest instead of lying and wasting my time at the beginning. Typical take your money and then worry about using all the tricks for you to go through with the sale but hard to trust them when they purposely wasted my time and money getting me down to a car they promised had no dents and it clearly did. Deposit left they had enough time to have the dents removed. Or look over the car the night before and let me know the car has dents to ensure my journey is not wasted.
Struck a deal with Churchs Performance Cars & left a deposit for a BMW M5. Seemed like a very good outfit....... until they got my money. I asked to have the car inspected but all they did was give it to a garage they regularly use who gave it a thumbs up, which in my opinion was not unbiased. So I requested the car be taken to the supplying/servicing main dealer for a thorough inspection at MY COST. I was told they are not going to that. VERY SUSPICIOUS. When I asked for my deposit back I was told I wasn’t getting it back. Then came the plethora of emails back & forth. Finally they capitulated under threat of having the car inspected after the purchase and anything found wrong with the car will be dealt with through legal channels. The BMW inspection found the diff seal leaking & new discs required on the next brake pad change.. No big deal, We now knew what we were buying and the cost to get it rectified. That’s all I wanted, PEACE OF MIND. They completely ruined my buying experience of a car I had always wanted with thier cowboy attitude which is something I last experienced back in the1980s.. On the day of collection, I once again inspected the car before I paid for it but found a HUGE scratch on the passenger door which they denied knowing about and then went ahead and blamed the main dealer where the car was inspected and refused to accept responsibility for the damage. I don’t even think Arthur Daley would have the balls to say such a thing. The car was in thier care but couldn’t give a damn once they had my deposit. And on top of that, the faults I pointed to them when I first viewed the car had not been rectified even though they told me they have. Great garage they use for thier inspections, yes?!! My brother was interested in an M2 they had for sale but flatly refused to buy anything from this outfit after my experience. The front looks good but most of the cars don’t belong to them and are infact SOR. I must say, credit where it’s due, they refused to accept payment for the BMW inspection that I had requested but I think this was more out of eating a large slice of humble pie rather than repairing a relationship for my return of custom. Take my advice, if they have a car you want, go elsewhere and get it. You’ll feel better about buying it from someone honest. If you decide to deal with these tyrants, get EVERYTHING in writing and take a picture of every panel of the car of your choice before you leave. DO NOT TRUST THIS OUTFIT. They are smiling assassins. I know you cannot please every customer 100% of the time but when you ask the salesman isn’t the customer always right and his reply is NO! NOT REALLY. Then alarm bells should be ringing for other perspective customers.
Glenn Thorpe from Church's Performance Cars in response to BUYER BEWARE
As a business owner I do recognise that occasionally things go wrong or mistakes can be made and when this happens I am always willing to put my hands up, apologise and accept criticism where it is due. On this occasion I am pushing back because the review you have left is unfair and misleading. You placed a deposit on 10th December on an outstanding 2007 M5 at a discounted price which you negotiated on the express agreement that collection was to take place on or before 30th December to meet our business needs (3 weeks on hold is a little more than we usually like to agree to). During this time we turned away a significantly higher offer on the car which is of course only right. As the 30th Dec approached you promised that you would honour your commitment to collect on New Year’s Eve, however in the last week, you went on the missing list, avoiding our urgent calls to reach you and not replying to our messages. You then contacted us on the 3rd of January saying you had been busy with work, but insisting that the car was inspected at Vines BMW Redhill, no where else, 15 miles away from us, prior to completion of the sale. This was not nor ever would have been part of any previous request or agreement. We view this as an entirely unreasonable request at such a late stage especially as the car had been serviced at Vines Redhill less than two months prior, inspected by a reputable local garage. You are correct that we reluctantly relented and took the car to BMW two weeks later when you still hadn’t collected. It is a shame that good relations broke down, the M5 you bought is a truly outstanding car as confirmed in the end by Vines, I am resolute we did nothing wrong and that your lack of integrity in keeping to the original deal was to blame for the bad feeling. I resent your comment that we are a business of SOR stock this is simply not true, we sold over 400 cars in 2018, of those less than 10 were sold on sale or return. We currently have over 60 cars in stock, all ours. We do pride ourselves having great cars and good customer relations. However doing business in a pleasant and upright way cuts both ways and most of our customer play their part, unfortunately you did not.
Called Churchs Performance Cars to make a deposit on car I wanted. Dealer busy so asked for him to call back nothing for an hour , sent an e mail as well an hour later one came back saying we have taken deposit an hour ago. I think they play potential buyers against each other to drum up a sale . Very old school tactics. Don't get me wrong communication very good. Make your mind up for yourself.
Contrary to some of the reviews below, my experience with Church's could not have been any better. Fantastic selection of performance cars from Fiesta ST's to C63 AMG's. The car was absolutely spot on & as described upon collection. Dealt with Jon, Sam & Glenn and all three were professional and knowledgeable throughout, highly recommend.
Back in September I purchased a BMW z4 from Churches Performance Cars and I am more than happy with it. I have had no issues with it at all. It was immaculate when I collected it and the dealers were all very friendly and approachable. They also picked me up from he train station. I would very highly recommend this dealership to anyone. It was definitely worth the trip.
This dealership have been great, I purchased a Vauxhall Astra from them and I am really pleased with it! It runs perfectly and it's definitely worth every penny. All of the staff were friendly, helpful and accommodating and I would definitely use this dealership again.
Brought my c63 today from the team at Church's Performance Cars and all I can say is I'm over the moon with it the car. Its so clean and they had put new tyres on it etc. Can't thanks them enough too.
Bought a St Focus 3 months ago from Church's Performance Cars. Seems ok but took it to Fords for a engine check as it was making a funny noise. Still there but they seem to think it's ok. Car is still within the 3 yrs warranty. When I picked it up from Church's, it hadn't Ben prepared or cleaned, still had a ticket from France in door tray. I checked the oil when I got home and there was hardly any reading on the dip stick, so it hadn't been 'inspected' by them. Also when I went to pay/collect the car, I was knocked down further on my PX.. Not good so beware of their tactic of giving 3 options. My old car was falling apart so I wasn't bothered . I'd say beware of this dealer. On reflection I should have walked away after finding this review site.
Ben in response to Dave Smith
What colour was this car also did the registration happen to start CE07 by any chance?
I purchased a Honda Civic From this dealership in May. The car did not have a full service and and needed the front tyres changing but i think they have just swapped the front ones with the back? the car also had no oil in it. I don't recommend this dealership.
I have purchase two cars from Church's and can only say how good the sales team are, both before and after purchase. A small problem was rectified immediately by Glenn and i will definitely be buying from them again !!!! Highly recommend !!
If you are looking for a performance car such as an Audi, Porsche or Jaguar then you might want to give Church's Performance Cars a call. They are based in Billinghurst and provide not only a choice of some of the most popular brands within the car industry but also offer finance packages on site.
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