• Report: #596922
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Honda Dealership

  • Submitted: Mon, April 26, 2010
  • Updated: Tue, April 27, 2010

  • Reported By: Tom — San Diego California United States of America
Honda Dealership
16 Auto Center Dr. Internet United States of America

Honda Dealership Be Cautious! Honda Factor built in Anti Theft Security System Ripped Off, Internet

*Consumer Comment: YES..you were 100% VICTIM of a popular SCAM..

*Consumer Comment: ugh

*Consumer Comment: ***NATIONWIDE ALERT!!!! Make sure to 'Google' this- TOYOTA TWITTER SLUDGE, and go to....

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I recently purchased a 2010 Honda Civic EX, which came with a Honda Anti Theft Security System. The Sale person assured me that the system came with the new car. However, when I went over to the Financing Department to pay for the car, I was scammed into paying a hefty cost to activate the security system. The finance lady claimed that the system that came with the car will be deactivated by the dealer unless I pay $695 to have it reactivated. Without activating the system, the car basically does not have a security system even though it came with the car. Exited about my new investment, I agreed to pay for the activation. I talked to some friends who recently also purchased Honda cars at different Honda Dealers, no such claim or scam was offered to them. All their anti theft systems were pre activated without any cost.

I am very upset with this specific Honda Dealer. I feel that they took advantage of my naiveness about alarm systems and ripped me off. Buyers Beware!

Let me know if you ever experienced the same scam. Wish there was a law to protect consumer from getting ripoff.

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#1 Consumer Comment

YES..you were 100% VICTIM of a popular SCAM..

AUTHOR: Ronny g - (USA)

And I can't believe this still goes on. I wasn't sure it still did, but I personally know this was going on for at least 15-20 years, I can't believe it still does.

How it typically works is as such...

The dealer pays someone to install a cheap and easy to bypass starter kill. It can be bypassed with a paper clip..yes,,,it is that cheap and ineffective.

Normally what the dealer will do, is put a sticker on the window that states something to the effect.."This vehicle is equipped with a sophisticated anti-theft system which must be deactivated or removed at time of sale".

Then what they do, is offer to keep the system in the vehicle for a "nominal" fee "even though  they are not supposed to but you are such a special customer" and when you add up the monthly payments..comes out to around what they are charging you. Trust me..this system did NOT come with the vehicle..otherwise they would not..and COULD not remove it. As a matter of fact..if you told them to remove it..it would be cheaper for them to leave it in the vehicle, which is what they normally do.

ALL 2010 Honda Civics come STANDARD with a "Direct Ignition System with Immobilizer", which means it CAN NOT be started without the original keys since each key contains a coded chip in the head. This can not..and WILL not ever be removed by the dealership since it is tied into the BCM and or ECM.

As well, if your EX has a power trunk release, it also comes with a factory alarm system which is activated via the key less entry. This also CAN not and WILL not be removed by the dealership as it is also tied into control modules at the factory.

Yes...you were ripped off, scammed, swindled and taken advantage of...you were violated and they didn't even have the courtesy to kiss you first. I don't know what recourse you have but you are invited to copy my response and submit it to the FTC as a start. If you decide to file any kind of suit, I volunteer as an expert witness, I have the credentials and certifications. This needs to stop already.

The dealership as a right to make a profit, but once they outright LIE to a customer to do so, they have violated federal law and possibly a few state laws as well.

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

Go AWAY Karl - your google this crap has nothing to do with the OP's complaint!
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***NATIONWIDE ALERT!!!! Make sure to 'Google' this- TOYOTA TWITTER SLUDGE, and go to....

AUTHOR: Karl - (USA)

that site and read all of the articles & watch all of the videos about Toyota & Lexus vehicles, okay?

Thank You

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