I arrived to the auction approximately 3 hours before it was due to begin. Walked the lot inspected several vehicles and came across several who were similar to one another so I made a note of it. Came across the only dark blue Mazda Protege on the lot my husband, uncle, and I got in the car. I started the car, turned on the radio, heat, AC, lights. I popped the hood and my uncle and husband checked it out. We walked around the car looked for any damage, nothing major.
We walked around the lot until about 10 or 15 minutes before the auction started. About 30 minutes into the auction the car came through. Atleast so we thought.
I took one last look at the car. I began to bid on it. The car went for $1200.00. I immediately had to put down $400.00 and sign the paper work. Then we went out to see the car. It was not the car I thought I was bidding on. This car was a mess. Neither one of the passenger doors would open, there was no radio, the heat made this horrible noise, and something under the hood was skipping.
I went inside to let them know what had happened. The man in arbitration laughed and said o the car you wanted is on its way out now. I thought he was being sarcastic. He wasn't. Just then I saw another dark blue Mazda Protege on the auction block. I went to management, he said because I purchased the car as is I could not get my money back.
I was told I had 3 choices. #1 forfeit my $400.00 and just walk away, #2 complete the sale and just spend more money to repair the car, or #3 complete the sale and re auction it off next week. I considered just completing the sale and putting a little money into the car.
The next day I went to pick up my car. I took my brother in law with me who does body and fender work. After he pryed the doors on the right side open we saw why they would not open. It was quite obvious that car had been in a major accident and was maybe even totalled. There were things missing and we couldn't get the doors to close completely. This car was more of a mess then I thought.
There was no way I could ride my babies in that car. Again I talked to management they tried to convince me to complete the sale and auction it off next week to some unsuspecting fool. I can't do it. Knowing what I know about this car I can not do that.
I am not sure where this car came from but it was not on that lot before the auction. Mason-Dixon auto auction pulled some slick s**t and now I am out of $400.00. Had that car been on the lot or on the Bid sheet I would take full reponsibility but it wasn't. That auction knew if that car had been on the lot avaliable for people to inspect it would not have sold.
That vehicle isn't safe for anything but parts. I do not have $400.00 to just throw away and I want my d**n money back. How can a company pull some slick s**t like this and hide behind an as is policy. It's just not right and something needs to be done.