• Report: #110262

Complaint Review: Oak Motors - Indiana Finance Company

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  • Submitted: Sun, September 26, 2004
  • Updated: Thu, March 12, 2009

  • Reported By:Hartford City Indiana
Oak Motors - Indiana Finance Company
N. Broadway Ave. Muncie, Indiana U.S.A.

Oak Motors - Indiana Finance Company Sold me a car which only books at 1500 for 8,000 bucks Muncie Indiana

*Consumer Suggestion: Words of Wisdom to live by when purchasing a vehicle

*Consumer Comment: if it was only worth $1500 - WHY DID YOU AGREE TO PAY $8000

*Consumer Comment: Check before buying then

*Consumer Comment: Check before buying then

*Consumer Comment: Check before buying then

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I recently bought a vehicle from Oak Motors in Muncie, IN. I've had it for a year. I had just filed bankruptcy and I needed to get into a car fast. They took my information and they said that all I could get into was a 1997 Chevy Cavalier 4 door. I traded in a Pontiac Sunbird Convertible on this car.

By the time that the deal was done, I will end up paying almost 10,000 dollars for this car. It had 88,000 miles on it and the company which financed me, Indiana Finance Company, is charging me an ungodly rate of 22% interest.

And another thing, they put these devices in every car that they call a "Payment Reminder". Which means that if you miss a payment, this device stalls your car so it cannot be driven. So I also have to have the hassle of calling my finance company every single week and obtain a 6-digit code to enter into my car so it will not stall.

About 3 weeks ago I spotted a 1995 Chevrolet S-10 Pickup truck in their lot. I stopped in and see if I could trade my car in on this truck. I owe 5400 bucks on my car right now, with 2 years left on my loan. The sales person told me that I would have to put 2,000 bucks down and my payments would go from 80 dollars a week to 100 a week. And the sale price they had on the truck was almost 12,000 dollars! My point is, this place may put people into cars that have had credit problems, but all the cars on the lot are NOT worth what they ask for them, and it doesn't give them a right to charge 22% interest on them either.

I do not recommend anyone going there to purchase a car or truck. Places like Oak Motors and J.D. Byrider are nothing but huge rip-offs. I dealt with J.D. Byrider in the past.... thats what drove me to bankruptcy. So please, anyone who reads this, please think twice before going to Oak Motors.

Ryan
Hartford City, Indiana
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/26/2004 09:49 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Oak-Motors-Indiana-Finance-Company/Muncie-Indiana/Oak-Motors-Indiana-Finance-Company-Sold-me-a-car-which-only-books-at-1500-for-8000-buck-110262. 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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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Words of Wisdom to live by when purchasing a vehicle

AUTHOR: Tammy - (U.S.A.)

I have read many reports on here pertaining to Oak Motors and JD Byrider - and they are all basically the same. I do not mean to sound cruel here, but many of the reports filed have many easy grammatical errors (thay - THEY, mader - MATTER for just an example here), which makes one wonder if that is not the main problem here.

I understand having to purchase from a buy here pay here as my credit is not the best either, and I have had to purchase this way before. However, my purchase was from more of a Mom/Pop operation so that may have had more to my better experience.

Ok, this is for anyone going ANYWHERE to buy a used vehicle:

1) Do not be in such a hurry that you have to sign something that day. Take the vehicle on a test drive and to a mechanic. Have the mechanic look for the most obvious - oil, brakes and the such. NO MECHANIC WILL BE ABLE TO TELL YOU IF SOMETHING IS GOING TO HAPPEN A FEW DAYS, FEW MONTHS OR EVEN A MONTH LATER! They can not tell you if the motor is going to blow, it's going to need a tune-up in the near future and so on. My ex was a mechanic and lost a couple of friends over this little fact.

2) If you have found one you like, get the best price you can get them down to and tell them you will think about it. Be realistic - the chances of someone being interested in the same vehicle are low - just a ploy. The 'this offer is only good for tonight' is also just a ploy. Go home and do research!! Check the blue book price and go back prepared!!

If they still don't want to give you what you want to pay then tell them there is another lot you can go to and walk off the lot. Chances are you are not going to get your car! My Grandfather & Grandmother (which later became me helping him) would go into the office and when the salesperson started with the offers Grandma would say "Clyde that other place told us so & so" or "Clyde I just don't think we can afford that right now" and it worked. We also had to walk one time and sure enough didn't get to the car!

3) If repairs need to be made, such as brakes, steering, belts, make sure it is covered in the contract!!!!!!!!! If they won't - then walk - same as above. Why didn't I say oil change? My ex always said it doesn't matter if they did it there, ALWAYS do it yourself along with cap, rotor, and wires. If you don't know what I mean there, then ask a mechanic.

Again, not the dealer or a mechanic is going to be able to tell if the engine is going to blow the day after tomorrow, as well as some other major things, so keep that in mind. If there is something that has had to be repaired more than three consecutive times there is such a thing called the 'Lemon Law' and this pertains to used as well as new. If they are still unwilling to budge, it's wonder what a call to the BBB and/or Consumer Board at the Mayors office can do!

4) Make sure you FULLY understand what you are signing. You are dealing with a buy her pay here, so they are not going to be as lenient as a finance company. If you are going to have problems making a payment don't just rely on a phone call. GO to the office and tell them and get it in writing!!!!!!

They don't care if you been paying on it for a couple of weeks or several years, a contract is a contract and never, never, ever ASSUME they are going to be understanding if you are a couple of days late and you don't call them. Do you know how many times that happens to them and people move and they can't find them???? How much do you think they are out of then?

5) If they repo a vehicle they have every right to turn around re-sell it or auction it and charge you for the amount outstanding that they did not get. There is nothing against the law on that one. I myself have been a victim of this in the past and it was not with a bhph, it was through a regular car lot and finance company. ANY loan company has the right to call the loan at any point in time. FULLY understand what you are signing, do not make assumptions. If you do not understand something then ask. If you don't like their answer then have someone knowledgeable to read it!

6) As far as finance charges go, you are buying from a bhph, which means you obviously have not so good credit. EVEN if you were to go to a new/used dealership with a co-signer you would probably still be paying that high interest rate. Again, I know from experience.

Again, I do not mean to sound derogatory in this - but if you walk in acting like you are a hick and don't know shi* from shinola, they are going to try to take you for every thing ya got!

Also, on this particular one, the trade in you are speaking about doesn't not sound that terribly bad, you would probably be getting about the same deal from new/used dealer. It doesn't matter if you've bought through them before or how much you have put in or left on your current vehicle.
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#2 Consumer Comment

if it was only worth $1500 - WHY DID YOU AGREE TO PAY $8000

AUTHOR: Laurie - (U.S.A.)

SOUNDS PRETTY FISHY TO ME..
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#3 Consumer Comment

Check before buying then

AUTHOR: Indybrent - (U.S.A.)

Did you not look at the paperwork before buying? Saying they ripped you off when you signed the paperwork to pay that amount in untrue.

FYI there are many reputable Ford and GM dealers that offer buy here pay here services that don't rip you off like the "repo dealers" like JD Byrider and Oak Motors.
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#4 Consumer Comment

Check before buying then

AUTHOR: Indybrent - (U.S.A.)

Did you not look at the paperwork before buying? Saying they ripped you off when you signed the paperwork to pay that amount in untrue.

FYI there are many reputable Ford and GM dealers that offer buy here pay here services that don't rip you off like the "repo dealers" like JD Byrider and Oak Motors.
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Check before buying then

AUTHOR: Indybrent - (U.S.A.)

Did you not look at the paperwork before buying? Saying they ripped you off when you signed the paperwork to pay that amount in untrue.

FYI there are many reputable Ford and GM dealers that offer buy here pay here services that don't rip you off like the "repo dealers" like JD Byrider and Oak Motors.
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