I still would have. BIG believer in not rewarding sketchy behavior. SURELY other dealers offering similar trades. If I didn't walk, I would have gotten that price dropped. Or my wife would have. She's ridiculously persuasive.
This happened to me at two Toyota dealerships and a Honda dealership.
The first Toyota dealership kept pushing for a lease and wouldn't stop talking about it. It's extremely funny when a salesperson says "Because of how popular EVs are getting you don't know how much this car is going to be worth in 5 years."
Second Toyota and the Honda dealerships would only talk in monthly payments until I insisted they tell me how much the total cost is. (with and without interest)
I have a friend who doesn't know how much she bought her Toyota for. She only knows she's paying 550 a month for 6 years. In Canada they can't add a market adjustment price, but they can definitely charge you a premium over stuff like paint protection, rustproofing, winter tires etc.
I wasn't pressured to get any extra stuff; the only "financing trick" they did was that I could finance over 4 years instead of 3 and pay the same amount in interest. This was after I agreed to get the car, and it worked in my favour.
This program is a bit too dramatic for my taste, but still makes some good points. The one salesman that gives good advice works at Mazda.