I bought a 2006 freightliner classic from lone mountain truck leasing in july of 2010, i just found this site is why im just now posting this. When i bought this truck there were other drivers there buying trucks so i looked them all over quickly and chose the best looking one based on ripped seats, peeling paint and scrapes on the fenders.
I went to the salesman told him the vin i had chosen, he paused, repeated the vin like a question, i said yes, he shrugged his shoulders and said ok. Next step was getting a dyno test and a dot check, because my truck was goin straight to minnisota for a company dot i asked if they could do a minnisota dot. the shop manager said they were very busy and assured me the truck was in good dot shape and wrote a note on my dot inspection waiver saying that when i get to minnisota if my company finds any dot problems lone mountain will take care of it, then he signed it. [continued below]....
..... The next day when i got to minnisota my company found about $950 worth of repares needed to pass dot, lone mountain and their shop manager at that point had no clue what i was talking about and said i had my chance for an inspection and i waived it. Within the first 2 weeks i had another $1800 in repairs and found out the reason my clutch was acting funny was because the springs in the plates were all broken. Lone mountain let me make my 1st payment 5 days late but charged me $70 in late fees. Since then i have spent thousands and thousands in repairs.
The truck has also been in a serious crash at some point, i have found numerous things with the truck that prove this. Most were shown to me by mechanics doing alignments and things. I was told my right side frame rail is pushed backward 3/4 of an inch and is twisted. He showed me on my rear ends a pile of alignment shims on one side and none on the other, the huge difference in the hood to cab gap from side to side, the saddle ears on my fifth wheel are bent where it was hit and pushed to one side really hard and some of the crossmember bolts or hucks are missing or broken. This truck goes thru tires and door latches like crazy, i cant get the doors to line up right to shut correctly. The stainless cab and sleeper skirts are missing (brackets still there), one of the step box lids doesnt match, exhaust elbows are dented underneath, this truck was the only one with stainless fuel tank covers (wonder whats under those???) sides and floor of my sleeper are bent and wrinkled, my bed doesnt sit square on its base, the vin on my drivers door panel doesnt match the truck, i can tell it has been painted because someone did a poor masking job on the factory antenna and muffler brackets. I am posting some pics also.
If lone mountain had bought the truck wrecked, then sold it to me without knowing it would have been one thing, but after the salesmans response, the write a worthless little note and sign it trick, and the fact that they didnt lift a finger to check my claims or make this right i know they knew. What really makes me mad is that they know they put me in a tight spot, but if i stop making payments they will repo it, sell it to another guy, make even more profit, and destroy my credit and everything i have worked for and not care at all. These kinds of people are real trash, they are a very big part of the problem with the world today.