J & E Auto LLC Did not return deposit as promised Mine Hill New Jersey
In late August my truck died unexpectedly (of course) and I was desperate to find a car that I could get into within days. A friend stopped at this dealership and let me know they had a few cars I may be interested in. I went up and spoke to Joe Martinelli the owner and was showed cars by his employee. I found a car that was within my very low price range, kind of beat up, no radio but heck it drove. I put a 200.00 cash deposit on the car on 9/1/2014. Later that day a private seller of a car I saw called me to work out a deal. I immediatly called Joe and explained the situation. Joes response was you have to do what is best for you and promised to return my deposit. He did tell me he used the cash for something else so I told hom no worries, send me a check. A week later no check so I called Joe again and was told he lost my address. That next week I had a family emergency and went out of town. I returned 9 days later, still no check, Telephone call #4 to Joe. He again lost my address which is odd since during telephone call 2 & 3, I left it on his voice mail. I called again and made plans to drive the 50 minutes to his business to get my check. I arrived and the business was closed when I arrived at 5 PM. I had told Joe I would be there around 4-4:30, unfortunatly during the trip up therem I was notified a family member passed away and needed some time to digest that news before I drove further.
Next day, Call #5, spoke to an employee who seemed shocked I was being put through such a hassle. He promised to have Joe call me. 2 days No call. Call #6, left another message for Joe, no return call. Call #7, told once again he lost my address, gave it to him for the 4th time. A week later, no check. Call #7, spoke to a different employee who said he would have Joe return my call. No return call. Call #8, reached Joe who claimed my check was in an envelope on his desk and would send it out that day, 4 days later, still no check. Call #9, left message, no return call, call #10 again the check was promised.
It is now November 28th and still no check.
This is why Used car dealers have such a bad reputation. Joe seemed honest, sincere and talked a great talk. Heck I even know he takes his wife of 30+ years out for coffee at 3 every day which I thought was cute. Yet he lied through his teeth each time I spoke to him regarding the deposit.
I am unemployed, going through a divorce and have enough crap on my plate. 200.00 although not a ton of money could pay my electric for a month, instead I've got a shut off notice.