• Report: #138739
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Mid City Auto Salvage

  • Submitted: Wed, April 13, 2005
  • Updated: Mon, May 02, 2005

  • Reported By:Greenwood Arkansas
Mid City Auto Salvage
2431 N. 30th St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin U.S.A.

Mid City Auto Salvage dishonest unprofessional misleading short lived parts company Milwaukee Wisconsin

*Consumer Suggestion: Shaun is full of "El Toro Poo Poo"

*Consumer Comment: Contact the police...

*Author of original report: Still not Proof Anybody can recognize still such a feeble attempt to legitimize this illegal sales tactic

*UPDATE Employee: customer is not telling the truth

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Well to start off my story sounds very similar to Jim's that I have just read off this web site. Let me correct myself, to all the complaints listed on this website.

I listed a parts request for a engine that would replace my toyota camry (5sfe).I had several responses to the request but chose to go with the one from Mid City Auto Salvage, first mistake. When something sounds to good to be true it usually is by rule of thumb.Well that saying couldnt be more correct than when I chose to order a engine that had 44,000 original miles for hundreds less than others that had 75,000 plus miles.

I filled out the internet app and then spoke with Shaun after several attempts to get through the select personnel at this fine establishment. I was givin a verbal contract that my engine would arrive in 7 to 14 days.Also there would be paperwork sent with the engine to verify the mileage in this contract. This did not happen, the engine arrived over a month later without the mileage verification paperwork,this is the first problem.

Second, I have 2 mechanics look at the engine to get installation quotes and I am questioned on the accuracy of the mileage stated for the engine.

Third after several contacts with MCA was told couldn't give vin# over the phone because of the history of the automobile that was wrecked for the donor part. I was told to go to the DMV for a copy of odometer mileage verification,as I did and mailed it to MCA.

Now after all of the above happened I contacted Shaun with the details and told him I have the vin# for the engine and progesses and tells me that I was sent the wrong engine and my correct engine with low miles is still on the shelve at MCA and the incorrect engine was pulled by mistake and shipped to me, and I believe this all except for the mistake part.

I was told that my correct engine would be shipped on 4-14-05. I made a comment that I would like to keep the old engine for some type compensation for the time lost on my end of the deal. Then he said the engine I recieved was supposed to go to a tech/trade school so they could rebuild it and all he has to do is pay for the parts, so the answer is no. I stated I should be compensated in some way, this angered him and he told me that he would pickup the wrong engine and refund me fully for the purchase, I agreed. I also have witness's of this conversation on my end as a repeated everything that was mentioned on both sides.

I get a call from Shaun asking for the vin# of the engine I have, when gave him the information he said it was not a good vin# and that I magically have the correct engine now. And was told that he wasnt going to speak with me anymore that I am dishonest and he doesnt deal with my type people.

This was just icing on the cake,we still have a dispute and that will not end the problem.

I am starting to seek legal advice and will be interested in taking class action law suits to be compensated for the false misrepesented sales tactics of this company. I have read all complaints and have faith for all, justice will be ours in the end.

Greenwood, Arkansas

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/13/2005 07:45 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/mid-city-auto-salvage/milwaukee-wisconsin-53210/mid-city-auto-salvage-dishonest-unprofessional-misleading-short-lived-parts-company-milwau-138739. 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 Consumer Suggestion

Shaun is full of "El Toro Poo Poo"

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

I rebuilt engines with my cousin in Wisconsin (between Milwaukee and Madison) for over 10 years and all any mechanic has to do is look at the INTERNAL parts to see the wear and tear and if it's 40k or 70k. A good place to look is the rings and salt don't make a hill of beans to the rings.

I checked up on Shaun through my cousin and guess what? Shaun is known throughout the business in Wisconsin as a hustler and a crook. Don't believe me, but look at all the posts on this website.

Certify your engine condition through ASE mechanics and then sue his butt from here to christmas and back. No body worth their weight in "Wisconsin salt" does business with Shaun or his numerous business names.

Good thing I'm not up there any more and you aren't family or Shaun and I'd have to take it out back behind the wood shed. By the way, I rebuild engines for a living and I've probably rebuilt more than Shaun has ever seen. I was building hotrods probably before Shaun was weened (I guess that kinda dates me, huh?).
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#2 Consumer Comment

Contact the police...

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

James...I am a former auto theft investigator. If the engine you were sent does not have a complete VIN or what is called a "derivative number" (i.e. someone ground it off or otherwise obscured it), contact your local law enforcement or state police. They may be able to have an auto theft investigator inspect it for you. Removing ID numbers from engines and other major car parts is a crime in most states, including Wisconsin. If this is the case, they can then assist you in filing a report with the Milwaukee Police Dept. The MPD may already have an investigation into this business.
Best of luck,
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#3 Author of original report

Still not Proof Anybody can recognize still such a feeble attempt to legitimize this illegal sales tactic

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

I will respond 1 time to the rebuttal sent to Rip-Off Report.com, since you choose not to speak with me via the telephone. The rest will be handled through the legal system.
1.No proof still- vin# you sent to Rip-Off Reports rebuttal on 4-21-2005 still does not prove engine sent has 43,000 original miles. I cannot sir take your word for it veiwing your history with customers. I need proof off the engine to match the vin# you have sent, to verify warranty and mileage of which I havent received any paperwork to do so. Anybody can recognize still such a feeble attempt to legitimize this illegal sales tactic,very unprofessional.
2.Just for my curiosity, does the road salt used in Wisconsin,just happen to corrode only the serial#'s off the engines of vehicles used in this state? I can see where this might cause legal concerns and issues.
3.My question to you sir is, given the information from you about salt conditions and the effects on engines,how do you guarantee which engine matchs the vin# of the vehicles to be sold and warrantied. Surely a low mileage engine like Toyota engine, which are world renowned for quality and dependability with 43,000 original miles hasn't been on the road much. That would say that all engines you sell from your business with 43,000 miles or more would have this road salt to eat away the serial# plates? I cant imagine you could warranty anything with this mileage or more. Your word only falls short of your listed contract guarantee obligations.
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#4 UPDATE Employee

customer is not telling the truth

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

the engine does have 43,000 miles
here is the vin# 4T1SK12E8PU313006
just because the engine has surface rust does not mean that it is a high mile engine.
We are in Wisconsin and have salt on the road 8 months a year that producescorossion and rust.
He is twisting the truth.

At first we thought that we gave him a wrong engine so weasked him to give us a vin# of our engine so we could double check but he is giving us casting numbers.

the customer expected a brand new engine for a price of a used one.

All the proof is in the vin#
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