ED Magedson – Founder
Fesler Auto Mall1922 Highway 34 Fairfield, Iowa USA
Fesler Auto Mall Toyota Motor company Sold a Toyota Tacoma 1998 with a defective rusted frame Fairfield Iowa
My wife and I bought a 1998 Toyota Tacoma 2 wheel drive from Fesler Auto Mall, Fairfield Ia., used truck. We got a loan for $6000.00 dollars. The dealership showed us a carfax and the salesman told us the mechanic checked everything and the truck was ready to go. So we drove it off the lot. A month later, my wife who drives the truck a few times a week, noticed a sound in the back.She brought it to a mechanic and he told us to bring it to a body shop. She brought it to a body shop and they said it would need the frame replaced, because the frame was rusted through; at a cost that would make it impossible for my wife and I to efford.
I called up the dealership and they told me it is a well known fact that Toyota trucks have well known issues with rust; this was stated by the general sales manager Brian Starnes. I asked him if they knew this information, why was it not disclosed by their mechanic? No reply;they said they would take it in on a trade in on a Jeep that would cost over $17,000.00 dollars. My wife and I had only a $6,000.00 dollar budjet, I told them I could not afford payments for that and it seemed like they had me over a barrel.
I just told them that all I could do is turn them into the Better Buisnes Bureau and to the State Attorneys office for selling us a vehicle that was a danger on the road. That's where it ended and they haven't contacted me yet, I told them over the phone all I wanted at that point was to bring back the truck or reimburse me back the money to have a new frame put on. I called up Toyota and they said they had a buyback but I was 3 months too late;so much for that. I asked them why they are still allowing these trucks to be sold. They had no response. Hopefully somebody can help, I signed a lot of papers at the car dealership. Hopefully Im not stuck.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 08/23/2013 08:33 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Fesler-Auto-Mall-/Fairfield-Iowa-52623/Fesler-Auto-Mall-Toyota-Motor-company-Sold-a-Toyota-Tacoma-1998-with-a-defective-rusted-1078377. 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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