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Customer Reviews

What my customers have had to say about me:

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August 16, 2012

Would recommend this Dealership anytime , we worked with Mike Bidwell for many years, and again Mike delivered excellent costumer service and a hassle free car buying experience. Everyone went above and beyond to get us in the right car for the right price .Would defiantly come back again .

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August 13, 2012

Mike conducted most of the sale online which was great for us as we live 77 miles away from the dealership. He was quick to respond to my emails and answered all of my questions. Mike had the truck ready for a test drive when we got there and he helped ONLY US during the purchase. This was HUGE for me as my last few car purchases have been VERY frustrating because the salesperson was always helping multiple people at a time so I ended up spending the entire day waiting for people that were supposed to be providing a service to ME! At Mankato Motors I didn’t wait for them, they waited for me. 🙂

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July 8,2012
I had the pleasure of working with Mike Bidwell to purchase a used Nissan Altima last week. Mike is so knowledgeable about the cars that he sells and he is passionate about giving excellent quality service. This is the fifth car that I have bought through him and I will see him for my next vehicle needs as well.
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July 2, 2012
Mike did a great job from the first day we did a test drive until the day I drove home with my new car. He called several times to check on us to see if we had questions or any concerns. We will call him again when it’s time to trade this car in for the next one.
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June 29, 2012
Mike Bidwell is the best vehicle sales associate we have ever worked with. He’s honest. He does his best to see that your vehicle needs are met with every purchase. We purchased two cars from him in one day. He made sure that what we wanted from each vehicle met our needs. A dependable vehicle for our 16 year old son. A dependable, economical, and FUN vehicle for us. He’s helped with maintenance questions. Mike and the staff at Mankato Motors are very NICE!
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June 26, 2012
Mike Bidwell made the whole process seamless. I would buy a car from him again in an instant.
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June 23, 2012
Mike was so wonderful to work with! Even making a video for us of the car so we could get a preview of it in another way other than just pictures! We drove five plus hours to go get this car and I’m so glad we did!!! Thanks again Mike for everything! I love my 2011 Chevy equinox!!!!!
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June 10, 2012
This is my 5th vehicle i have bought from Mike Bidwell. Four from Mankato Motors and one from lagers in Mankato. He was always pleasant to deal with. He always treated me fairly. Thats one of the reasons I would ask for him specifically when looking for another vehicle. I will go back to him again in the future.
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June 9, 2012
I have worked with Mike Bidwell at Mankato Motors for many yrs. He always goes above and beyond my expectations. Two words:CUSTOMER SERVICE! If you are looking for a car guy that really wants to help you find what you are looking for and follow up with you after you drive off the lot, he is your guy!
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April 29, 2012
Mike worked hard to find my daughter the perfect car within her price range. He was patient and kept her informed of what was available that he thought would work for her. He worked with us for 6 months before she found what she wanted. I was disappointed with the trade in value for the two cars we traded in. I felt they offered the lowest price they thought they could and still have the deal go through. The evaluator was, I felt, unkind and not exactly honest.

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April 19, 2012
We recently purchased a 2008 Trailblazer from Mankato Motors. Mike Bidwell is a great salesman. He helped us to find the right vehicle for us. He did not so much sell us a car as he assisted us in purchasing the vehicle we were looking for. We would certainly return to this dealership in the future. Thanks Mike!

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March 23, 2012
Buying a new vehicle can be a scary experience but what I found at Mankato Motors was anything but that. Mike Bidwell showed me such honesty, courtesy and great effort in getting me my new vehicle. Could not be happier.

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March 10, 2012
EXCELLENT Service, freindly and personable sales. GREAT hassel free buying. Convenient! Close to home and GREAT PRICES for what we were looking for. All service people were very friendly but Mike Bidwell, our sales rep was OUTSTANDING!! I will send everyone I know his direction when it comes time to purchase a vehicle

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February 12, 2012
I had a great experience with Mike and Joe Bidwell at Mankato Motors! I had been in a horrible accident and totaled my car. Mike and Joe helped me get into a new car with everything I wanted in it and I love it!They gave me all the information I needed and helped me chose a car that was right for me, my husband and two kids! I am now leasing a 2012 Nissan Altima! I couldn’t be happier! Thank you Mike, Joe, and Mankato Motors for making my car buying experience a great one!

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February 20, 2012
Mike Bidwell is far and away the best vehicle sales associate I have ever worked with. He’s honest, reliable, and returned all my correspondence immediately. Most importantly, he does not abandon you after the sale. He’s helped with maintenance questions or referred me to the appropriate department at Mankato Motors. Mike and the staff at Mankato Motors are top notch!

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February 20, 2012
We have bought 3 vehicles from Mike Bidwell and had a great experience with all! We have 2 16 year olds and 1 14 year old so we always have Mike on the look out for vehicles for us!! He is the 1st person that we call when we need a vehicle!

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November 1, 2011
Recently I went into Mankato Motors after just purchasing a vehicle from them around 4 months earlier. My position within my place of emp company had changed and thus my needs in a vehicle had changed. Mike Bidwell especially, but the whole team at Mankato Motors were excellent at giving me my options, working out the numbers to make them fit my budget and especially NOT making me feel strong-armed into anything. Again, a big THANK YOU to Mike Bidwell, the Nissan Team and Everyone at Mankato Motors! By the way, I don’t know if I will ever drive anything other than the new Maxima. Amazing Car!

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Oct 31, 2011
I just purchased my first car, ever. I’m glad that I found Mankato Motors, as they took care of everything in the background making it seem like the easiest process ever! Mike Bidwell did an excellent job making sure I was comfortable with the finances, as well as making sure that all of my questions were answered. It was fast, easy and I love my new Altima!

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Oct 26, 2011
I can’t tell you how awesome our experience with Mike Bidwell has been. He really cares about his customers and gives them all he’s got. I won’t ever go to another place to buy my cars or get service. You really have a winner there! I think he should get a raise or at least a great big bonus for doing such a nice job!!!
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I bought a new truck from Mike Bidwell. Great price, the right options and no pressure and hassle! I even got a great trade in price cause he sold my Honda to another client that was looking for my pre-owned vehicle! A++ all the way!
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I stopped to look at cars the other day and was approached by a gentleman named Mike Bidwell. He approached me and asked if there were any questions about the vehicle I was looking at to purchase. He was able to set me at ease right from the start and helped me choose a vehicle that is just right for our family and our needs. Thanks to Mike for the excellent service, for going above and beyond to make sure we left with all questions and needs met.
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have purchased 2 cars from mankato motors and have been very happy with both, mike bidwell treated us very well and will do business with both again
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I recently (may) bought a used 2005 Ford Explorer from Mankato Motors. My experience working with them was great! Its actually the second vehicle I purchases through them. Mike Bidwell was very helpful in helping me pick a car and he has worked with us before so it was very helpful having him the to assist me in choosing a reliable vehicle. I would deffinatly recommend him to anyone looking for a new or used car.
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Oct 12, 2011
Mankato Motors gave me the best experience I have ever had in buying a vehicle. Mike Bidwell worked with me on what I was looking for in a vehicle and what my budget was. He never pressured me and made sure he went over everything he could about the vehicle I was interested in so I would have no surprises at all. The process of trading in my old vehicle could not have been smoother. They worked quickly to get a great rate with the in house financing. I have already recommended Mike Bidwell and Mankato Motors to my family and friends.

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Oct 7, 2011
I had a very pleasant experience purchasing a vehicle from Mike Bidwell, dealer at Mankato Motors in Mankato, MN. Knowing I was expecting to delay my purchase of a used vehicle for a few months, Mike simply asked me to list all the options I needed to have on a used car so that he could be on the ‘look out’ for me. I explained to Mike that he had his hands full as I wanted a $40000 used vehicle with a $20000 budget. Mike not only found a car that fulfilled all my requirements, but he found one better than I had even requested! And it was priced at $4000 less that what I was expecting to pay! Mike was very professional, but approachable – which I consider a very great asset in sales people these days! He wasn’t a pressure salesman, but he guided me in the ways that I needed to be guided. I would highly recommend Mike to anyone out there looking to purchase a vehicle. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!
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Sep 23, 2011
I had a wonderful experience at the VW dealership in Mankato, MN with Mike Bidwell. He explained everything very clearly. The entire team is very professional and knowledgeable. The entire process was easy, smooth, organized and overall a pleasant experience with no haggling about price. I was given a fair price on my PT Cruiser. The place is clean, people are friendly and helpful and I whole heartedly recommend this dealership and Mike to anyone needing a new car! I love the Jetta!
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Aug 24, 2011
From the moment I met our sales man I felt at ease and welcome. My husband was looking at a car and after test driving and deciding that we loved it we went to fill out paper work. It hardly took any time (i have been in a dealership for 4.5 hours before filling out paperwork) and everything was very clear, nothing hidden. While filling out paperwork I went to check out the show room floor myself. I fell in love with a car there. Our salesman Mike came over and answered all my questions, let me put my business supplies in the car to make sure everything fit and stayed after closing hours while I checked it out. The very next day I came and test drove it. The paperwork was already ready since they had been working on it that day! At the end of the day I had an awesome new car, my husband had an awesome new car, and we had the biggest smiles on our faces! Thank you to everyone who helped us find two perfect cars!
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May 11, 2011
I would recommend Mankato Motors to anyone and have. I am very happy with the service I continue to receive even after my purchase. Mike is great! The night I ended up with 2 vehicles, I started out just looking for a reliable car for my daughter who is going off to college next year. Mankato Motors approached me about the truck I was driving, asked if I would be interested in selling as they had a customer looking for something similar and the rest is history. Mike treats his customers like he would want to be treated when purchasing a vehicle. He is honest, upfront, and accomodating. I have never been treated like I was treated at Mankato Motors when purchasing a vehicle in the past and after the experience I’ve had there don’t need to worry about other dealers. Thanks Mike and Mankato Motors for the positive experience.
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April 14, 2011
Mike was extremely helpful in finding the vehicle that I wanted. Although I had to wait a little longer than I would have hoped he kept me updated every step of the way. He spent a great deal of time with me helping me navigate the new options on my vehicle and even helped me set up the Onstar when I went to pick my new car up. He has excellent customer service and is extremely adept at handling a high-maintenance, impatient, stubborn woman like myself. I would highly recommend Mankato Motors, and espcially Mike Bidwell for all your new and used car needs!
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April 11, 2011
Mike and the crew at Mankato Motors will work hard before, during and after the sale. I’ve known Mike for 6 years now and over that time I have purcahsed 4 new vehicle’s from him. Mike listen’s to all of your needs and works hard to place you in the vehicle that fits your family and your budget.
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April 11, 2011
Mike and the crew at Mankato Motors will work hard before, during and after the sale. I’ve known Mike for 6 years now and over that time I have purcahsed 4 new vehicle’s from him. Mike listen’s to all of your needs and works hard to place you in the vehicle that fits your family and your budget.
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Apr 9, 2011
My husband and I bought a brand new truck from Mike Bidwell in 2008, and when we decided to trade our van in, we heard that Mike had started working at Mankato Motors. We drove through the lot and there he was! 🙂 He recognized us immediately, remembered our names, and gave us his new business card. We stopped by a few weeks later and bought a 2010 Chevy Malibu on the spot. Being car lovers, my husband and I have purchased/browsed a lot of cars, and Mike is BY FAR the best salesman that we have ever had. No pressure, great personality, he’s awesome! Mike is also great for networking as he has sold cars in Mankato for a lot of years. He recommended a place that I could go for window tint, and I had a great experience there as well. Mike is relentless-he will get you the vehicle you need at the price point that you are comfortable with. Bottom line:best buying experience, EVER. Twice! 🙂 Oh, and if you refer someone, you get a check for $50! (which I put towards my new remote start. ha!) My husband and I will definitely be back to buy from Mike again. p.s. I second Kyle’s review of the oil change service. Right in, right out, cheap, and the waiting area is the best!

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April 8, 2011
My husband just traded in his car for a pickup truck. Mike Bidwell handled the sale and trade-in. We have been very impressed with Mike, he’s very courteous and professional. The sale went very smooth. Mike has also been working with me by looking out for vehicles I may be interested in. I’m looking into trading my vehicle in July for a Nissan Altima. I would like to deal with Mike again when I am able to do my trade. Not only is he professional, but also very personable and friendly. I would recommend any of my friends or family to see him at Mankato Motors.

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