ED Magedson – Founder
AutoMax Sales Training, Bob Stevens, Priority Toyota2000 Walthall Center Drive Chester, Virginia United States of America
There is a nasty scam being perpetrated upon the millions of unemployed Americans by AutoMax Sales Training of New Jersey. This company purports to provide sales training to applicants for a fee. The dealership advertisement on Careerbuilder.com advises that the dealership (Priority Toyota Scion of Richmond @ 2000 Walthall Center Drive in Chester VA) had 20+ openings for new sales associates. The contract for services clearly states that the host dealership has no obligation to hire anyone but the trainers constantly tell you that you will be hired and frequently imply that the interview is simply a formality. The host dealerships are evidently getting their share of the money stolen from unsuspecting candidates because they provide the facilities and create the illusion that jobs are available and that some candidates will be hired. AutoMax and the host dealerships know that only about 30-50% of the applicants will actually complete the training and pay the fee. [continued below]....
The dealerships have several methods of getting rid of the applicants. Priority Toyota has a shutdown Sales Manager, Steve Cochrane. We (the applicants) were all told that we would be interviewing with a sales manager (Louis) at the Walthall location. Upon arrival, you are redirected to Mr. Cochrane at another location Far from the eyes of customers who might see the disgust and dismay of duped applicants. Steve Cochrane is the worst thief I have ever come in contact with in the automobile industry! Upon arrival Steve Cochrane advised me that he was closing out his month and would be with me shortly. He made a rude and arrogant comment when I expressed dismay that I was told the interview was at the dealership and was then redirected to a Used Car Lot. How appropriate that Mr. Cochrane is stationed at a worthless, no traffic location. Reading the anger and frustration in my face that I was onto the scam and highly upset, Mr. Cochrane dismissed me without even trying to maintain the illusion that this was an actual job interview. He did not ask me any personal questions. He did not ask me anything about my work experience. He simply advised me that I was not cut out for the car business, the car business is a tough business and that he would not be doing me any favors by hiring me (Yeah, he did get that one right!). So, off I went gritting my teeth and muttering obscenities about getting fleeced by these brazen, shameless thieves.
This scam has complaints nationwide in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Arizona, and New Jersey, Oregon just to name a few. The common thread running through the complaints are Bob Stevens, AutoMax Sales Training and greedy dealerships hungry to steal money because of the economy is down and the automobile industry is slow. Some dealerships are even more shameless as they blow off the applicants. They advise the trainees that someone will be calling them to set up an interview within a few days. Needless to say, no one is called back. Eight people were taken in at the session I attended August 28-29, 2009. Im pretty sure that none of the people who paid the fee were offered a job. To cover themselves, legally, the dealerhip might have made an offer or two. Remember their advertisement? No experience Necessary. 23 positions available! This shameless thievery must be stopped. I will be contacting the Attorney General offices throughout the country to notify them. The FBI has advised that they are monitoring this scam but complainants should contact the Attorney Generals office in their state to report this crime.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/04/2009 11:13 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/AutoMax-Sales-Training-Bob-Stevens-Priority-Toyota/Chester-Virginia-23831/AutoMax-Sales-Training-Bob-Stevens-Priority-Toyota-Priority-Toyota-Scion-of-Richmond-Au-490065. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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