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Ripoff Report | North Coast Auto Mall, North Coast, 1st Gear Auto Inc.

  • Submitted: Sun, January 02, 2011
  • Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

  • Reported By: car guy — wilmington North Carolina United States of America
North Coast Auto Mall, North Coast, 1st Gear Auto Inc.
333 broadway ave, bedford OH 44146 Internet United States of America

North Coast Auto Mall TRUSTED BUSINESS REVIEW: North Coast Auto Mall clients feel safe, confident, & secure when doing business with North Coast Auto Mall. North Coast Auto Mall dedicated to 100% client satisfaction, exceptional client experiences, & providing highest quality automobiles at lowest possible rates. Commitment to Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program benefiting consumers, ensuring complete satisfaction & confidence when doing business.
*UPDATE: North Coast Auto Mall recognized by Ripoff Report Verified™ as a safe business service.

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REVIEW UPDATE: JANUARY 24 2017: North Coast Auto Mall remains committed to increased customer satisfaction and has improved their business practices over the years to better serve their customers. North Coast Auto Mall is truly dedicated to making sure their customers are satisfied and that any complaints which do arise are addressed promptly and fairly.

To date, North Coast Auto Mall has made good faith efforts to resolve all complaints reported on Ripoff Report. Based on our experience, the member business has proven to be among the top members of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program as a Verified Safe Business™.

Over time and since becoming a member, North Coast Auto Mall has remained actively engaged and improving the way they address customer service complaints. As an active and current member of the Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program we are happy to report that now more than ever North Coast Auto Mall remains committed to improving customer satisfaction.

Remember, no company or individual can ever satisfy 100% of the people 100% of the time. There are no products or services that will always be perfect for everyone and even the best companies will receive complaints from time to time. However, by participating in the Corporate Advocacy Program, the member business has made a commitment to working with its customers to resolve complaints quickly and fairly whenever possible.

Please keep in mind that as a consumer you have some responsibilities as well. Success has many definitions that based on your past experiences, current situation and your perceived expectations. Success with any product or service is always based on the proper application and understanding. The fastest car will not run if you never turn the engine on. Look at how you used the product or service that was provided in relation with the instructions that you received. The Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program will help you get your voice heard but please be prepared with documentation and fair representation of your concern, also have an idea of how the company can fix your concern. Can they offer additional services, extend warranties, offer a fair refund or just get you talking with someone that can help. ..let them know and let us know!

*Any consumer not receiving satisfaction from a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program should email us at editor@ripoffreport.com
 North Coast Auto Mall is Ripoff Report Verified. [continued below]....


Ripoff Report Verified™ .. part of Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program.A program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business..

Ripoff Report Verified™ REVIEW

EDitor's UPDATE: Positive rating and recognition has been given to North Coast Auto Mall for its full commitment to quality customer service.

Ripoff Report's discussions with North Coast Auto Mall have uncovered an ongoing dedication by the company to total client satisfaction. This means that clients can expect that the company will work towards finding a mutually satisfactory resolution to any concerns. North Coast Auto Mall listens carefully to client concerns and sees them as an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and become more efficient as a company in the services offered and the support for those services.

The information provided in this report below is based on comments made by Mike Shteyngarts during an onsite inspection held by a third party verification company with no biases toward North Coast Auto Mall.

North Coast Auto Mall's principal, Mr. Oleg Kislyansky, has informed us that his personal philosophy is that his clients satisfaction is at the heart of the business. As a businessman, Oleg Kislyansky feels it is critical to listen to his clients and respond properly. By always putting his customers first, Mr. Kislyansky hopes to maintain North Coast Auto Mall as a successful enterprise both now and for many years to come. Another top executive, General Manager Tyler Booth told us that Mr. Kislyansky's personal business philosophy is based on the premise to "do things right, the first time". North Coast Auto Mall's Oleg Kislyansky says this, "We are one of the top used vehicle retailers becuase we care about what our customers want, and what they need. With us, you'll always receive a commitment to a higher standard, and every member in our organization has bought into that philosophy."

One of the things Ripoff Report learned in the course of its review is that typical customer feedback reads, "North Coast Auto Mall truly communicate all aspects of the service in a timely and effective manner. We are very pleased with the responsiveness that the employees show us. They are serious about meeting commitments, and deliver on their promises.”

North Coast Auto Mall is Ripoff Report Verified
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North Coast Auto Mall is an automobile dealership associated with multiple locations across Ohio. Their dedication to customer service is one of the many reasons why this company is thriving in it's growth. Local manager Mike Shteyngarts explained that North Coast Auto Mall is willing to go above and beyond for the customer, "it's not uncommon for an internet customer to fly to Cleveland to pick up their car. We offer to pick them up at the airport to save then the cab fare...we don't want a customer uncomfortable with trusting a cab driver to take them the shortest and quickest route in an unfamiliar city. It's our aggressive pricing that got them wanting to travel here to buy from us. Saving that new customer a little more money and time is an important part of our service.”

Leads for North Coast Auto Mall are attainted through several different mediums including radio, internet, as well as referrals from past customers. In regards to the sales and service process North Coast Auto Mall wants their clients and prospective clients to have a unique experience with their company. Mr. Shteyngarts explained that one of these ways is through there unique follow up with customers after they've purchased a vehicle, "our referral business has been changed. We have our customer service department call the customer after the sale to make sure everything is satisfactory. If there is any complaint we address it immediately. Once the customer is satisfied we call at least twice more to ask for referral business. Every contact is logged so our managers can follow up in real time. We can’t afford unhappy customers.”


During the onsite interview Mr. Shteygarts was asked to describe a situation where a customer was not satisfied with the level of service or product they received. Mr. Shteyngarts explained that the only time North Coast Auto Mall experiences any type complaint is when a issue raises with the vehicle purchased. He went on to give a specific example, "we had a customer buy an Altima. He later took it to the Nissan dealer for some service since the car was still under warranty. The car had passed our service inspection but the dealer reported to him that both rear tires would need to be replaced soon. It was like, 5/32nds thread which isn’t really dangerous. He called us wanting to return the car and claimed that it was unsafe." In order to deal with this complaint, which is not a common complaint for North Coast Auto Mall, "[we] had him return the car for a pair of new tires and replacement of his cracked rear bumper shield." This was all done at the expense of North Coast Auto Mall. These actions led to a "super happy" client.

When asked to comment on complaints posted on Rippoff Report's website Mr. Shteyngarts stated the following, "four or five years ago management had a completely different approach to customer complaints. By law we have to disclose any frame damaged, buy back or salvage vehicles both verbally and in writing. Some of those old reports are still on the internet. That’s why we reached out to Ripoff Report, [and] we ask our current customers to please put a review of our service online." Mr. Shteyngarts went on to inform us of the many accreditations that North Coast Auto Mall has attained, "we are fully licensed by the state, have a Better Business Bureau rating of B+ NADA, NAIDA, and 4+ stars rating for our Customer Service on Cars.com." Mr. Shteyngarts concluded with the following rebuttal, "we have a new and different management team and policy in place. We take every complaint seriously and work to resolve it quickly. Any salesperson or other employee that 'forgets' to log a customer complaint on our Google Docs system is fined $500 for a first offense and faces immediate termination for a second offense. We have a 4+ stars rating on Cars.com and have been selling 200+ cars a month so we have to be doing something right.”

When asked what type of changes they have made to honor their commitment to make things right with the customer per the request of Ripoff Report, Mr. Shteyngarts stated, "no way would that ever happen with the systems in place now. We have everything focused to resolve that.”

North Coast Auto Mall is proud to be a part of Ripoff Reports Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation and Customer Satisfaction Program, "our online image is an important part of our growth, along with our referral business.”


"We are one of the top vehicle retailers for used automobiles of all makes and models. With us, you'll always receive a wide array of options to best suit your needs and budget. Please take time to review our site, learn about some of our vechiles, and meet the people who will help you while you are making your descision, understand our history, and receive answers to some of your questions.”

North Coast Auto Mall's team have expressed that they feel very confident doing their job. North Coast Auto Mall takes employee satisfaction seriously as well. Employee feedback and surveys reveal comments such as this, "North Coast Auto Mall provides a very positive environment to work. Opportunities for suggestions and improvements are encouraged. Mr. Kislyansky is truly concerned about our contribution to the company and providing growth opportunities for us. He takes the time to listen and communicate with employees and customers.”

Ripoff Report was pleased to learn that North Coast Auto Mall's past and current approach to business is focused on its pledge to total commitment towards client and employee satisfaction.


"Financing a vehicle at North Coast Auto Mall is unlike any other automotive financing experience you've ever had. Your Sales Consultant will lead you through the entire process, so you stay informed every step of the way. Any approvals are usually displayed within a few minutes. Because our process is so transparent, you'll see your options at the same time we do.

Take a look at the NCAM Financing difference:

  • Most of the financial institutions we work with provide decisions in minutes.
  • It's haggle and hassle-free; there's no need for negotiation.
  • You'll see your financing choices when we do. Choose an option that suits you best.
  • Our friendly Associates are always on hand to answer all your questions.

By now, you are probably very interested in the vehicles that we offer, because you are taking the time to check us out thoroughly. You have probably already explored and compared us to other dealers and prices available else where. You probably are a little weary about buying such an expensive item over the internet. Imagining being in your shoes, we created a frequently asked questions page. Here are some of the most popular questions being asked. If your question is not answered, PLEASE feel free to call us at 440-897-0324 or 216-438-2611 or email us at sales@ncautoauction.com anytime and we'd be happy to assist you, if you contact us outside of our business hours someone will respond as quickly as possible the following business day.”


"North Coast Auto Mall recognizes that complaints posted on Ripoff Report (whether true or not) are issues that need to be addressed, not ignored. If handled correctly, complaints can be valuable learning opportunities. With the feedback generated by Ripoff Report's review, North Coast Auto Mall has made organizational changes allowing its clients and employees a more streamlined approach to problem resolution and a commitment to a great client experience.

In summary, after our review, which included discussions with Oleg Kislyansky , Ripoff Report is convinced that North Coast Auto Mall is committed to quality delivery of services resulting in total client satisfaction.

Read more about why consumers should feel confident when doing business with a member of Ripoff Report's Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program. Yes, it’s a long name for a program that does a lot for both consumers and businesses alike.

Read about Ripoff Report Corporate Advocacy Business Remediation & Customer Satisfaction Program, a program that benefits the consumer, assures them of complete satisfaction and confidence when doing business with a member business. This program works.

As a matter of policy, when a business becomes a member of the Corporate Advocacy Program they agree to allow Ripoff Report to contact every client who filed a complaint so they can make things right with them. In order to confirm that the complaints were resolved, Ripoff Report is copied on all responses so we can insure that the member business did right by their customer.



North Coast Auto Mall, North Coast, 1st Gear Auto Inc. John , Garry, Watch Out!!! Internet

1st Gear Auto, Inc. d/b/a North Coast Auto Mall(North Coast)

These guys are Wolfs in Sheeps clothing!!!

If you are looking at buying a car from these guys, be very very leery.

My wife and I purchased a car from them last month it came to us needing about $3,100.00 in repairs before my wife could even drive it.

Tires $1,200

Brakes $800

Front Wheel Bearings L&R $600

ABS sensors that had to be replace with the Bearings $300

Several door dings on the passenger side $200

I had an extensive conversation with the salesman John about the car and asked him very specific questions like; are the tires in good shape?, does it have any door dings or dents?, are the brakes in good shape or needing repair.John told me that they were in great shape and everything was perfect on the car and claimed all his cars went through en extensive inspection process before they were put on the lot or sold.John and the people at North Coast were very responsive to my phone calls until they got the check from my bank.The day they got the check they stopped answering my calls and dodged me every chance they could.When my car finally arrived a week later, it was filthy inside and out and by first examination it had several door dings on the passenger side and the tires were balled almost to a dangerous level.I had already sold my wifes car so I had to except it.The minute I drove away from the transport truck, I could tell there was a problem with the front end of the car.It had a very loud roaring sound coming from the front end once you reached about 35 MPH.It was so loud that you could not think.I called the salesmen immediately and he tried to argue that the car was perfect when it left the dealershipthis was obviously a flat out lie.The car also had not floor mats, so I asked him to please send my mats this is another story in its self because I did not get them for 3 weeks and had to threaten them with my attorney to get them to even respond at all.I got the salesmen to agree to let me take the car to a mechanic, the mechanic gave me an estimate of what it would cost for one of the wheel bearings and I ask the sales man to pay for it and I would take care of the rest.This is where the real run around began.I REPETEIF YOUR ARE LOOKING AT A CAR ONLINE AT NORTH COAST AUTO, BE VERY CAREFUL AND IN MY OPINION FIND ANOTEHR CAR AT ANOTEHR DEALERSHIP.There are also many other complaints online about this same dealership, so my wife and I are not the only one these guys have screwed

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 01/02/2011 10:47 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/north-coast-auto-mall-north-coast-1st-gear-auto-inc/internet/north-coast-auto-mall-north-coast-1st-gear-auto-inc-john-garry-watch-out-interne-677741. 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 Comment

Buyer Beware!

AUTHOR: The truth - ()

I can see by your complaint why you felt you were ripped off!  First and foremost YOU made the decision to buy the vehicle.  Why didn't you buy one locally?  Let me guess, the price was better than anything else you could find locally?  Now you know why.  Also, you purchased a USED vehicle.  You could have made your way down to the new car store and purchased a perfect car if that is what you were looking for.  Did you ask for pictures of each tire?  Did you ask to see the inspection sheets prior to purchasing?  Probably not, or you wouldn't have purchased.  If you did, you would have some recourse.  You also chose to "except" the vehicle, except, what you did was "accept" the vehicle.

Own your actions and stop blaming others!

Now on to repairs, you are such a deal seeker that you bought a car sight unseen, who in the world pays $1200 for tires?  $800 for brakes?  You are an idiot.  And when did a door ding make the car undriveable?  

A fool and his money are soon parted!


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#2 Consumer Comment

Dear Jay:


I know my approach is not well liked, however, I am not going tp pull any punches, browbeat or tell somebody what they want to hear if I know they did something dumb. I can say that because I've done many dumb things when it comes to business, sometimes costing a whole lot more than a stupid car! If something I say will spur someone onto learning to be a smart consumer, then that's what I want. If it takes making someone mad at me, then so be it! It would be an extreme disservice for me to not tell it like it is.

In your case, certainly its right to expect honesty, however, that's a quality which is in far short supply in the car business. That's exactly why we need to be smart consumers, and I include myself in that boat too. There isn't a sector of retail which generates so many complaints of fraud and deception as the car business.For many dealerships, fraud and deception is their "M. O.".The only way we can counter that is to be smart enough to detect the fraud, smart enough to not ask to be defrauded and smart enough to fully understand the dealership needs you, you don't need them.

Good luck in the future and just continue to learn to be a smart consumer and you should do very well!


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#3 Author of original report

I expected honesty

AUTHOR: Jay - (United States of America)

I expected honesty when buying a car over the internet not smoke and mirrors and lies once I got the car. This report was filed to let other people know that if they are buying a car on line from these guys to be careful. Like I said in my original thread, I am not the only one this has happened to with this dealership and sale person. I tried to work things out with North Coast but they would not budge. And who are you to comment to my thread acting like the I told you so police your probably one of the guys or related to someone at the dealership fronting as a Floridian. All im saying is be careful, thats what I put in my thread and thats what I want to happen. Shame on me for buying a car on the internet with out driving it, but when you have a guy telling you that it has gone through and inspection and everything is perfect with the car especially about specific items that were asked about, and when you get it its absolutely not. Other people need to know about this. I will never buy a car with out driving it again and I have learned my lesson, but I want everyone to know about these guys in OH and how they do business!

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#4 Consumer Comment

Who Allowed This?


You apparently bought this car sight unseen. You didn't see it, have a mechanic check it out or even test drive it. Absolutely. Amazing! And now you cry, whine and stomp your feet because your incredible lack of common sense and being a smart consumer reaped the appropriate rewards. Absolutely incredible!
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