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Complaint Review: UGLY DUCKLING - DRIVETIME

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  • Submitted: Sat, October 21, 2006
  • Updated: Sun, July 29, 2007

  • Reported By:austin Texas
UGLY DUCKLING - DRIVETIME
drivetime.com San Antonio, Texas U.S.A.

UGLY DUCKLING - DRIVETIME NEED ADVICE ON A PROBLEM I'M HAVING WITH THEM ripoff San Antonio Texas

*Consumer Suggestion: Dear A !

*Consumer Comment: If the car was repossessed

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In 2001 I bought a 1998 Nissan Altima from Ugly Duckling AKA Drivetime. About a week later a friend noticed my car was leaking oil, so I called them and made an appointment to fix the problem, a couple of days later I get pulled over and of course get a ticket because Ugly duckling didnt do something right with my tags and of coarse I had to pay for my tickets,so when my car "got fixed", they said they would cover the cost because i had payed my ticket and spent my own money.

Well later on my car left me on the highway stranded at night, wouldnt start anymore, so I had to get my car towed back to my home. As soon as I could I called them again and said that I needed to get my car fixed again, they said they would send a tow truck to pick my car, well 1 week went by and no sign of them, so I called them and they told me the tow man couldnt find my house, ok he said we'll send him again.

2 weeks have gone, no sign, they said still couldnt find my house. Finally after 1 month went by I told them to come pick up their piece of CRAP car and that I did not want it anymore. I needed my car to go to work and at the time I was a single mother and needed my car fixed. well i ended up buying a newer car and much more reliable.

Of course then started the harassing phone calls that I better pay. So I moved and didnt hear anything for about 2 yrs, but they found my new address and phone # and started harassing me again. Now I need advice because a few days ago I got a letter saying drivetime was sueing me, well a place called MIDLAND CORP. that is with DRIVETIME is sueing.

CAN they do that? I thought it would just go to your credit report. Anyone with advice or in my situation with drivetime. Please respond. DO NOT BUY FROM DRIVETIME. THEY RIP YOU OFF. HARASS YOU, THEN WANT TO SUE YOU FOR SOMETHING YOU DONT HAVE AND THEY PROBABLY AUCTIONED IT OFF MADE MONEY AND STILL DESPERATE FOR MORE MONEY

A
austin, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Dear A !

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

I also bought a car from drivetime back in 2004. After 1 week i took it back in where i bought it to have them look at it. After they were thru, i was driving it and when i got home and looked at my car, they must have drove the car to close to something in the back, anyway, between my two doors on my passenger side on the bottom, there was a big hole, and a scrape on that bottome plastic piece that is on both sides of the car on the bottom, kinda like a running board piece. Well another week went by, I checked my oil to see how it was doing, and there was not oil at all present in my engine! I took it back because i started having a bunch of problems with it! They said i had to take it to some rinky dink garage way , way, on the south side of san antonio! They looked at it, and said that there was nothing wrong with it!

I then took it to saturn n.e., they checked it out and found over $4,500.00 worth of damage to the 2000 saturn! I took it back again, and showed them the paper work from saturn! All they did was make acopy of it, and that was it! I asked them who was looking at my car, and the receptionist said some little blonde headed girl. I asked if she was a mechanic, i was told no! I told them she had no business driving my car. On top of the oil leak, the alignment was out and pulling really bad to the left, she said it was fine! Anyway, along story short, after 2, bi-weekly payments, i quit making payments! They tried calling me on my cell phone (which was the only number i had in the first place) and i had the number changed, after complaining to them that they would not fix the car, they said that the report said there was nothing wrong with the car. I sent a copy of the paperwork from saturn N.E., and never heard from them.

Well i still own the car to this day, and they quit looking for me, because they look for you on your credit report, which gives an updated address, and phone number. I told them, that if they wanted their car back, then give me everything i had invested in the car, and they refused! I said, "the car will be stored out in the country at a friends place, in an old barn, with a tarp over it, and i will take it out and drive in about 10-15 years!!!! Well, they quit looking for me using my credit report, because once a year you can get a free copy of your report, and they do not show up on my credit report anymore as checking my credit, or trying to find me!! I still am driving the car....so they put it on my credit report, big deal, i had bad credit in the first place..
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If the car was repossessed

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

If the car was repossessed, either voluntarily (you told them to come and get it or took it back) or against your will it is likely you still owe money on the original loan.

The lender, even if it was in-house financing, upon repossession has a time certain to allow you to pay the note in full and claim the car. Should you not do so, the car is auctioned in almost all cases. The car will normally not sell at auction for more than it's wholesale value.

The remainder of the note, plus repossession and auction expenses, is payable by you. This is called a "deficiency". It will always go on your credit record and the financer will either try to collect it directly or sell the debt to a collection agency.

You should check the statute of limitations on this type of debt in your state. After the SOL expires, while the creditor can TRY to collect, should they try to sue you citing that the SOL has expired would be an affirmative defense.
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