Report: #1016809

Complaint Review: American Truck Showrooms

  • Submitted: Tue, February 19, 2013
  • Updated: Thu, October 31, 2013
  • Reported By: Robert — Atlanta Georgia United States of America
  • American Truck Showrooms
    9140 Canal Road
    Gulfport, Mississippi
    United States of America

American Truck Showrooms Louie J Normand Jr American Truck Group LLC United Truck Group LLC NoCreditCk National Truck Funding LLC Truck Capital LLC Green Planet Trucking LLC Investment Group Holdings LLC Global Transportation Louis J Normand, Jr sells a dream unattainable for 99.9% of you that sign the contract. Gulfport, Mississippi

*General Comment: Subpoena Duces Tecum Served

*General Comment: Do your research

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Over the past 13 years he has tailored a contract that sets you up to fail. The trucks all have band aids on them because the mechanics will privately tell you that they are only authorized to patch up the problem even though there is likely an enormously costly repair that should be completed before you leave. The type that allows you to get far enough away, from whatever they are calling themselves today as a company due to the nasty reputation, because then you will end up having to pay for it yourself (the tow if you are 500 miles away and 30 days since you signed).

That's it, they are told, "just make sure that truck runs for 30 days without any major problems, that way we don't have to pay for it. The sucker, I mean customer is responsible!" I want you to think about this next few paragraphs long and hard. You think I am wrong and you are getting a good deal.

Okay, giving you the benefit of the doubt, then lets look at the realities of your truck. A 5,000.00 down payment is 20% of the price of a decent used truck, figuring 25k for a used truck. It's 10% of the cost of a very good condition later model truck, figuring a 50k price tag.

So this is not a "low'"down payment, and this GPS tracking setup by the dealer is practically unheard of in the trucking industry. And it's not a good sign. Even the worst deals made don't include such a thing installed on the truck. And you better make sure that it doesn't function like the ones on used cars. They have to capability to remotely disable the vehicle and shut off the engine, and the last thing you want to have happen is a dealer in New York remotely shuts off your engine and it's supply of air for your brakes while you are descending a grade with a load on the back.. In fact, that well could be the last thing that happens.....

If you managed to save up the 5000 for the down payment, that still doesn;'t cover the operating expenses for the truck, your eating money out on the road, and a fund put away for repairs. Believe me, if you don't have that money in hand, then you are starting out way behind the eight ball. A deer can jump out and wipe out your hood on the first load you take, and you have to pay the wrecker and repair bills.

At most carriers, it's going to take a few weeks until you see income, and there is a nice little bill of about a thousand a week that has to be pushed into the fuel tanks.

By the way, regardless of what that dealers tell you, that truck is not ready to go out on the road. You can't get a fully road ready truck from a new truck dealer, and you sure aren't going to get one from some place that specializes in weak credit. That truck nees to go into a shop and be looked over with a fine toothed comb by a qualified and experienced mechanic. And you can bet that he is going to find things that need to be repaired or replaced. And if you don't replace them expect that they will break out on the road, as far as possible from help at the worst possible time. break down in any major city at a busy time, and you will go on an 800 dollar tow truck ride becaue they won't let you linger on the side of the road.

You haven't said yet who you are going to pull for, but you need to look at their base plate and insurance programs. They can be drains that do nothing but cost you more money that you make. You're usually better off finding your own insurance and plates. And if your carrier terminates your lease, you are expected to unbolt their license and send them back immediately. If you aren't at home at the time, that's too bad and your problem, not theirs. That's why it's many times better to own your plate, rather than allow some company's plate to be on your truck. But you must buy the 48 State IRP from this rental sham and it will run you close to $3K. Yes, you have to carry their insurance also. It does not matter if you would save pockets full of money by using your own. EVERY DOLLAR YOU EARN MUST MAKE IT TO THEIR POCKETS. THEY HAVE REFINED THIS SCAM TO AN ARTFORM.

Bottom line, this company f*cks every owner operator that wanted to do better for himself and possibly a family and thought this was the route to take. Let me assure you, this is the DEAD END.

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#1 General Comment

Subpoena Duces Tecum Served

AUTHOR: thoughtfulmike - ()

On or about the 16th day of August, 2013, a civil complaint styled and numbered as American Truck Group, LLC, et al. v. Harris, et al., cause number 24C01:13-cv-01160, was filed in the County Court of Harrison County, Mississippi. This Court is physically located at 1801 23rd Avenue, Gulfport, Mississippi 39501. This Court has a mailing address of Post Office Box 998, Gulfport, MS 39502. The clerk of the court is Gayle Parker and her phone number is (228) 865-1635. This cause of action by the plaintiffs alleges that libel, libel per se, defamation and defamation per se has been falsely and injuriously committed by the defendants against the plaintiffs. These false and injurious allegations by the defendants include that the plaintiffs have conducted illegal activity and other dishonest business practices. These false, libelous and defamatory allegations have been published to third parties.

The plaintiffs have obtained an out-of-state subpoena duces tecum duly issued by the Superior Court of Maricopa County, Arizona, to be, or which has been, served upon Ripoff Report a/k/a Xcentric Ventures, LLC, in an effort to discover the identity or other information concerning the author of this report. If this cause of action pertains to you, you may object to the production of any such information. You may do this in person or even anonymously in protest of any such production of information with the Court or by contacting Ripoff Report of your protest. The attorney for the plaintiffs is the Law Office of David Brisolara, PLLC, Post Office Box 13, Long Beach, MS 39560-0013. Information regarding the policy for the release of the information sought by the plaintiffs maybe obtained through Ripoff Report and the courts.

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#2 General Comment

Do your research

AUTHOR: charles - ()

The program is not designed for failure, what interest would they have in me failing? they still have payments on the truck if I do not pay, and I understood fulll well my 48 state Irp included my 2290 I was also given recipts for this, second my plate threw them has given me true freedom! I go where I want when I want haul what I want!

We my brother and I experienced nothing but helpful folks southern hospitaility, they fed us put us up and honored every warranty they claimed to the tune of 25,000 dollars in parts and labor plus our travel time and loss of revenue, they made it right, I do not know how things used to be I only know what it has been like since January 12 2013 when they sold us our truck and helped us get our truck we have been very happy!

 Trucking is a 3 to 4 % profit margin sounds more to me by what I read alot of folks not prepared to venture out in the highly competitive trucking world, know your numbers know your cost per mile know how much you can afford! no one twisted my arm to make me buy this truck! I decided to buy it just as did all the others.
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