I did a vehicle shop for Intellishop last year. In getting my credit report, I noticed that the dealership had run a credit check. The only information they had was my driver's license for the test drive. Be forewarned.
Do not read so much, look about you and think of what you see there.
Richard Feynman-- letter to Ashok Arora, 4 January 1967, published in Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track (2005) p. 230
First, that is illegal. A dealership is not permitted to run your credit without your permission.
Second, a credit check cannot be run without your social security number. Unless the dealership had a way to illegally acquire it by referencing it with your D.L., it should not be possible for them to do so. ... I have done countless new vehicle shops - some through Intellishop - and never have had an issue.
This is the sort of thing that you can report to your state's attorney general.
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Some of them are sneaky. I had done one for a MSC about 6 months ago. The dude said that he wanted me to sit at their computer just to "complete the registration" ... then I noticed the SSN box. I was like, you're going to run my credit? "Oh, yeah." No, thanks.
Yikes. That happened to me once at a furniture store. I signed up for a credit reporting watch company and it was removed as soon as I made the call and what I consider a pretty threatening letter sent to the offending store by the credit reporting company.
The same thing happens when I do cell phone mystery shop. They beg and plead for my information desperately trying to make a quick sale by being able to say that whatever they are looking at on the screen says that I am qualified instead of trying to represent their brand and providing a proper presentation. They make really strange facial expressions and provide body languages that are recognizable across brands, even re-sellers. I guess they are practicing, with their facial expressions, what they are feeling inside when they are pushing you for your info. Some have gotten down-right upset or exasperated about it.
When you're a mystery shopper, and not a customer, it's really hard not to laugh. You know how you can't let the conversation/presentation go too far left or your 30 minute dealership shop can turn into a two hour rumble, I have to stop myself from laughing MANY times. A couple of times I got into a laughing frenzy, you know those moments when you start laughing and you just can't stop? One was at a Cricket and once the sales associate started laughing the entire store was laughing.
Sometimes the B.S. they try to get you to "buy" is pretty laugh-worthy! And, because us mystery shoppers rarely are allowed to make a purchase, we know we're not buying anything, literally or figuratively, so why not laugh-out on their poor (or good) salesmanship, right?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/15/2018 12:52PM by timgordon2448.
Oh yes, no matter how professional you become in this industry, mystery shoppers always look like a looksie-loo! I've seen the "professional video shopper" videos on youtube, especially the one where they guy is badgering what looks like a Sear's Associate to pick a recommended brand and tell him why. She looks like "I did, like 5 times, aren't you listening?"