Second, this story is from the last dealership I visited. The first two were prompt, friendly, and helpful, not pushy. I had to ask for cards, and they let me look and ask and they answered.
So here's why I'm not buying a Honda, or at least not from Cambridge Honda. I walk in. I have two questions, the first is answerd promptly, the second is "what is the highway range of the fit?" Ok, a little non-standard. the Door greater sends me off to a salesman, that's fine. So the sales man gives me the mpg. nono, not that, how far it goes on one tank of gas. "but it had very good gas milage" "yes, but I've been told it will only go ~350 miles on a tank." (which is about 100 miles less than any other car on my list.) "well let me get a brochoure" "here's the mpg" I point to the tank size, "yes, but here it says 10.8 gallon tank, times 33 mpg highway. Yup the number is right. thank you." "well what other cars are you considering?" I think ok, sure, why not, "the mazda 3, the prius, I don't know, my list keeps getting short and shorter" "well the fit has better gas milage..." "look, I drive to pittsburgh, it's a 10 hour drive." "you're not going to be near a gas station?" "Well right now I can do it in one stop, I don't want to stop more than that. it's a long drive as is and if I'm in a traffic jam I could run out of gas" "if I could sell you a bigger tank, would you buy a fit?" "yes!" "I can't." There is a lot more arguing about how there are gas stations everywhere, a request for my name (which I give) and a phone number or email address which I don't (this actually happened a bit earlier, but I'm not quite sure of the sequence of things. "Well, since I'm here, why don't I sit in one." "you wait here, I'll go get a key."
He comes back with ANOTHER sales man, and this is where it gets interesting. We go around again on the "it has better gas milage than the mazda 3, what other cars are you considering, is it really that bad to stop more often, are long trips the ONLY thing you'll be doing." Then this guy tries to tell me that I should carry a 2 gallon plastic tank of gas in my trunk when I go to Pittsburgh that, "you're letting such a small thing prevent you from buying a great car." I start to sputter a bit, "you're honestly trying to tell me this is a solution. It's dangerous..." "We're in danger every day..." "and it smells and is inconvenient. I was going to sit in one, but I'm just leaving now" and I walked out.
EDIT: Oh I forgot the "but have you driven it yet" part of the first discussion, like some how me driving it would change my mind about how far it goes.