• Report: #15839

Complaint Review: CAR CREDIT

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  • Submitted: Mon, March 04, 2002
  • Updated: Tue, July 05, 2005

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*Consumer Suggestion: Implied Warranty -- Fit for intended purpose

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: They sell cars I wouldn't drive if given the car for free.

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In February Mrs. Linnan purchased a 90' chevy caviler from the above mentioned used car dealer and from the salesman Pete who later quit because of this. They would not let her test drive the car off the lot and she was told that the car was a sound car and had lots of new parts.

They sold her the car for $750.00 that's not too bad since the car has a book value of $200.00. I guess Pete go a nice commision of that one, way to go Pete.

Well she gave them $500.00 down + 50.00 ttt. She was to pay the balance of $495.00 in payments, when she got the car on the road she noticed that something was very wrong with the frontend and could not get the car over 35 mph.

When she contacted the dealer they gave her the run around and refused to offer any help. I guess that she called so much they took $ 150.00 today and wrote final payment on it.....

I guess they sold that pinto to that 90 year old man for 10,000 today as well. She also had the car looked at by a cert. auto tech at the Tire Kindom and the repairs that the car needed was over $800.00.

I will call the owner and run this by him and see if he was aware of this type of scam taking place at his dealership. If his is not aware I will ask that he give a full refund to her or offer the car to be repaired. Afterall im sure that the company would wanna do the right thing. I will update this post..... don't judge until I talk to the owner.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/04/2002 12:00 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/CAR-CREDIT/TAMPA-Florida-33569/CAR-CREDIT-TAMPA-FLORIDA-RIPPOFF-DISABLED-WOMAN-TAKEN-ADVANTAGE-OF-AND-RIPPED-OFF-BY-U-15839. 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

Implied Warranty -- Fit for intended purpose

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

It's the law in some states (don't know if yours is one of them) that even when a car is sold "as is" it needs to be fit for its intended purpose. It must be safe and legal to drive on public highways. Of course broken cars can still be sold as long as the defect is clearly disclosed to the buyer beforehand. That's not the case here.

Unfortunately, Florida is a haven for rip-offs. The attorney general may give you short shrift, but try anyway.

In the future, at the very least, test drive any used car for several miles. If the dealer won't let you, that's pretty clear that something is seriously wrong. Should you insist (against all advice) on staying with that dealer, you could tell him you left your checkbook at home and suggest you take the new car to get it. What harm will a few more miles on a 15 year old car do?

Before the test drive, switch the ignition on (but don't start the engine) and look for the warning lights to come on. All cars have OIL, BATTERY, and CHECK ENGINE (may not be on a 1990 or earlier model). Also if the car has ABS or air bags there are lights for those too. If you are looking at a car new enough to have those (thus it has a four-digit price tag), take it to a mechanic. Some cars have been crashed and then the air bags were replaced with phony ones. When the lights don't come on, that certainly means that a major problem has been concealed by removing the bulb or cutting a wire.
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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

They sell cars I wouldn't drive if given the car for free.

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

I used to work for them, as a Mechanic. They had us break the check engine light bulb if the problems could not be fixed, They sell cars I wouldn't drive if given the car for free. Nothing was ever fixed correctly, not because of the mechanics but because the cheap owners wouldn't let us fix the cars right, just make the AC work, and kill any warning lights.
I wont go into too much detail for my own safety, but rest assured they ARE dirty. and do not ever let yourself, buy anything from there.
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