• Report: #1132400
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Auto Specialists Of Florida

  • Submitted: Fri, March 21, 2014
  • Updated: Wed, July 02, 2014

  • Reported By: BNoyb — Florida
Auto Specialists Of Florida
2200 North 30th RD Hollywood, Florida USA

Auto Specialists Of Florida/ Florida Auction Direct,Registered agent Celeste Daiagi, Sales hole Neil Marcelino Documented on 3 seperate occasions to refund deposit Hollywood Florida

*Author of original report: Lied to Florida Compliance Officer Voilated every rule in the book.

*Author of original report: DEALER-WHOLESALE same scam same scam

*Author of original report: This theif is now DEALER-WHOLESALE

*Author of original report: SCAM AND A HALF

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This company Florida Auction Direct listed by the State of Florida to be located at 2512 SW 30 Avenue Pembroke Park, FL 33009 and owned by Celeste Daiagi and now listed as Auto Specialists of Florida2200 N 30th Rd, Hollywood FL. 33021 employs Neil Marcellino https://www.google.com/search?q=neil+marcellino&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-US:IE-Address&ie=&oe= who has refused to return a deposit of $500.00 on a vehicle my son sent in good faith only after Ernie (last name unknown because Marcellino refused to tell us) his salesman on 2 inquiries prior to submitting deposit confirmed the company's commitment to hold vehicle for 1 day. Subsequent conversations with Marcellino confirmed that he would in fact refund my son's $500.00 deposit.. [continued below]....


Below is the short version of the well documented events that unfolded.

My sons first time ever buying a vehicle. Prior to clicking on the EBay "Buy It Now Option”, my son and I contacted the salesmen who only identified himself only as Ernie(?), Ernie said " he would hold the car and refund the deposit if we were not able to have our local mechanic evaluate the vehicle. Ernie clearly stated that this was appropriate and if we could not arrange to have the vehicle inspected by our mechanic with in the following day he would refund the my son's $500.00 deposit. We then and only then sent the deposit.

We were unable to make arrangement for our chosen (trusted) mechanic to do the inspection. As a result we notified Ernie and he then refereed us to Neil Marcellino (who claimed to be the owner) and after 2 separate discussion Neil Marcellino agreed on both occasions that he would refund the deposit.

After a couple of days we did not see any refund posted. Once again Marcellino was contacted and he said on the afternoon of 2/14/2014 that he would complete the refund the following Monday 2/17/2014. He quoted “ as soon as he had his morning coffee he would take care of the refund”. After a few hours we once again contacted Marcellino to confirm that the refunded of $500.00 he had committed to do on 2/14/2014 had been completed. It was during this call that Marcellino refused to do the refund stating that it was now his money and was not about to refund it.

Through out the numerous conversations with Marcellino he had to be reminded that we would not have even considered placing a deposit on the vehicle if his employee Earnie (last name still unknown due to Marcellino refusing to tell us. In fact when Marcellino was asked to tell us his last name he also refused) had not clearly stated that a short hold would be acceptable and a refund allowed prior to us sending deposit money. His employee Ernie lied to us and Marcellino also lied to us. Neil Marcellino has clearly reneged on his commitment and his employee's commitment. Once I was able to find out Marcellino name a Google search along with a search of State records confirmed that Marcellino was not to be trusted.

Continued search of the internet shows that Neil Marcellio is a convicted felon for selling stolen property along with many other less than reputable activities in various endeavors. Had I know of Marcellino past I would have never considered doing any business with this company. He has conveniently hid himself behind Celeste Daiagi, Robert Garcia and this Ernie guy.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 03/21/2014 07:55 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/auto-specialists-of-florida/hollywood-florida-33021/auto-specialists-of-florida-florida-auction-directregistered-agent-celeste-daiagi-sal-1132400. 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 Author of original report

Lied to Florida Compliance Officer Voilated every rule in the book.

AUTHOR: BNoyb - ()

Subject: complaint74781
Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:18:50 -0400
From:(removed) @flhsmv.gov
To: (removed)

I have been in contact with the dealer (preformance   he is going to pay back the money with a condition which is you sign a release that you will stop all the bad news about them. I need to know if you will agree to this condition. Otherwise I will be unable to help you with this any further.

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Subject: RE: complaint#(removed)
Date: Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:09:48 +0000

Dear Ms.(removed)
First off thank you for your assistance.  My response is; that as soon as I am in receipt of funds in the amount of $500.00 I will cease any further discussions regarding this dealership. My receipt of the funds in the amount of $500.00 by certified check drawn from a US Bank, and cashed is to be considered a consummation of the afore mentioned agreement. Further, dealer agrees that the $500.00 payment will not be withdrawn or challenged in any way. If the certified check or PayPal transaction is unable to be completed or the payment is withdrawn or challenged in any way, this agreement is null and void.
If PayPal is not used please have the dealership to send a certified check for $500.00 drawn from a US bank via certified mail through USPS, UPS or FedX along with any dealer signed documents requiring my signature. 
I believe that what is proposed is a far and reasonable conclusion for this situation.  I'm certain that further contact of other interested media and agencies can easily be avoided saving both the dealership , my self and you any further inconveniences.
Please advise me should there be any further issues. 
Contact information is:  
Pay Pal Info: (removed)
If PayPal is used for this refund I would appreciate notification from dealer that funds have been sent to my Pay Pal account.
I am looking forward to your reply regarding this mater and thank you again for your understanding and consideration.  


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DEALER-WHOLESALE same scam same scam

AUTHOR: dragonfly - ()

Players Celeste Daiagi registered agent for Florida Auction Direct /Auto Specialist of Florida probale wife of Scot Daiagi.

Robert Garcia Director

Earne No Name refuses to give it I wonder why????

Neil Marcellino  No title, lenthy arrest records.  See Links bellow

This is alot to read but should give you a good idea of just what shisters you may be dealing with.

Company names and arrest records

1st Florida Liquidation RA Neil Marcellino Inactive

Scozak Auto Systems RA Scott Daiagi removed 10/12/2009 changed RA to Zachary Grosser Reinstated business 12/13/2013 no current annual report.

Scott Daiagi Florida Department of State link

RA for multiple companies most short lived and inactive


Zachary Grosser Florida Department of State link


Celeste Diaagi Florida Department of State links

Florida Auction Direct RA Celeste Daiagi Filed 10/4/13 name changed to Auto Specialist of Florida 3/3/2014

search.sunbiz.org/Inquiry/CorporationSearch/SearchResuSpecialist ltDetail/OfficerRegisteredAgentName/flal-l13000140472-04019835-bc92-42a0-bbe8-18f7e56af437/Daiagi%20Celest/Page1


Names used on eBay since 2/14/2014 to end of March:

Florida Auction Direct assumed inactive name 10/13/2013/ extreme-wholesale-deals not a FL. Registered business Changed to:

Auto Specialist of Florida Active 3/3/2014 assumed FL. inactive business name

Performance Pricing / Florida Performance Wholesale using inactive name from 9/26/08)

Dealer Wholesale (most recent) Not registered with Florida State Department.

Jacksonville Auto Link / jaxautolink Some of the same cars and no address. Not sure about this one

Neil Marcellino History

Google google.com/#q=neil+marcellino

Sun Sentinel News articles.sun-sentinel.com/2008-07-22/news/0807210444_1_tables-palm-beach-county-lawsuit

Ripoff reports http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/directory/neil-marcellino

Florida Department Of State records: All out of business (self explanatory)


Arrest records:

Broward County FL. Arrest records: 23 records covering felons, domestic violence, various traffic infractions. All one link 




Palm Beach FL. Arrest records: 85 records covering everything from felons, domestic violence, tampering with odometers, falsifying titles, Failure to pay taxes and numerous traffic violations. 

showcase.mypalmbeachclerk.com/showcaseweb/#CaseSearch Click link log in type in Neil Marcellino

Marcellino Mug shots

florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Neil_Marcellino_1208748/ : florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Neil_Marcellino_1210613/ : florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Neil_Marcellino_1223838/ :


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This theif is now DEALER-WHOLESALE

AUTHOR: BNoyb - ()

USE EXTREME CAUTION: This company has changed their Ebay Business name and address no less than 4 times in March  Celeste Daiagi is the registered Florida agent providing cover for this scam.

1ST FLORIDA LIQUIDATION, FLORIDA AUCTION DIRECT, AUTO SPECIALISTS OF FLORIDA, FLORIDA PERFORMANCE, PERFORMANCE WHOLESALE, is now listed on ebay as DEALER WHOLESALE. Thats 7 names for the same scam. If you want to talk to a real dead beat call Neil Marcellino but first check out his Google page https://www.google.com/#q=neil+marcellino or you can call 954-457-9575 or cell 561-9081597. You might also try Ernie (he has no last name) at 305-494-3955

If you chose to visit the amazing disappearing dealership this is the Google Map https://www.google.com/maps/place/2200+N+30th+Rd/@26.030834,-80.168899,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x88d9abcbd96564fd:0xf458e9837f607b9f 

The address for DEALER WHOLESALE is on a gated road that leads to a junk yard owned in trust by Celeste Daiagi. Interesting!  Call any of these numbers and you will be told she is not available.  Thats funny because Marcellino claims that she is his wife of 18 years. The marriage records say otherwise. You might also chose to stop by the adjacent farmers market to see if they might be mixed in with the rotten fruit.




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AUTHOR: BNoyb - ()

Florida Auction Direct filed a name change on March 3, 2014 to Auto Specilist Of Florida.  Beware of Celeste Daiagi Registered agent and holder of Florida dealer license also Robert Garcia Director. Since March 3, 2014 this company / people have changed its name and address 5+ times just for the month of March 2014.  Name being used on Ebay is now Florida Performance Wholesale and  Performance Pricing They are not active Florida companies.  Website for Florida Auction Direct is still active with an address for a giant flag pole and not a car for sale in sight.  Last count there are 23 vehicles listed on Ebay for these company names. The address listed is for Performance Pricing is a junk yard on the north end of 30th Rd in Hollywood, Fl.  Neil Marcellino is the big mouth for this scam and his record clearly shows it.



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