Report: #1105963

Complaint Review: Ted Vernon Specialty Automobiles

  • Submitted: Tue, December 10, 2013
  • Updated: Wed, December 11, 2013
  • Reported By: crusader — Lantana Florida
  • Ted Vernon Specialty Automobiles
    471 N.E. 79th Street
    Miami, Florida

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 Hello fellow veterans and all those that work hard for their money. I want to take a moment to warn you to be extra careful before buying or making a deal with actor and car show host and dealer, Ted Vernon. He sold me a pieced-together car known in the mechanical trade as a frankenstein car. I traded an H2 Hummer, which usually goes at auctions, for around $14k. I told him I wanted a good running car that I can drive to the VA Hospital like I did with the Hummer. I told him I did not mind doing a little body work and cosmetic work, but what I got was a nightmare instead.

Initially I told him no junk cars. He was offended that I would say such a thing because he does not do that kind of business with people. He said I have the perfect car for you - a 1978 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow II. He said it only needed a fuel pump. He said the deal is I will put the fuel pump on this car and I will deliver it in the next three days. Everybody seemed so nice as I handed over, in good faith, the title to my Hummer and expected the same back in good faith.

After three days the nightmare began. It was one thing after the other. They told me they were stripping another Rolls Royce out to put those parts on this car. I was a little confused and angry because this sounded strange. I was very uncomfortable and called Ted Vernon's wife, who told me there are all kinds of problems. I thought to myself, well this should have been addressed initially. But what could I do about it; I have no car.

She was rude and told me to calm down or I'll just ship the car as is. She said, "do you want me to ship the car as is, undriveable, or for them to fix it". Wow, I thought! Not very nice people to deal with after the sale. Well, I lashed out again a week later and she said the same thing. I, what a copout. How rude.

So, my choices were slim. I had to wait yet again with no timeframe. I was at their mercy.

Finally, a Rolls Royce mechanic, named Steve, told me this was his car and that they called him when they can't figure out a Rolls Royce. I thought okay, a Rolls mechanic! Now we are talking. I'll give him the benefit of the doublt. Little did I know.

He said I will have the car running and driveable. It will get you around town. He said he would deliver it in the morning, but instead it came on a wrecker after dark. So I couldn't tell much at that time. I trusted the Rolls Royce mechanic would really know what he was doing. There was no gas in the car. We got it off the wrecker sputtering, or at least that's what the gas light indicated. I put it in the yard. The transmission was clunking very badly, which upset me, for something that was supposedly fixed by this mechanic. I got up early in the morning. Boy, was I in for it. Little did I know what I was in for.

I put gas in it; the light stayed on. I timed it, which was not done. Apparently it needed more than a tuneup. After a compression test, all the cylinders failed miserably. There was literally oil pouring out of the tailpipe. I couldn't get it to stop smoking. All the plugs were fouled. Furthermore, the transmission bolts were loose, which ruined the starter. This is what was fixed by a Rolls Royce mechanic - ha ha ha! Well, the rust is extensive.

In a nutshell, it won't even make it out of my driveway. Basically, it is fit for a junkyard to melt down. Ted Vernon must have known. How could he have not known. He did not deliver on his promise. He is not a man of his word. He is a ruthless shyster that takes advantage of veterans of which I told him I am veteran, or, for that matter, anyone else that may be naive. I'm sure he will keep doing this. So please learn from my mistake of dealing with this man and take your own mechanic with you when you go. Do not trust their mechanics. It seems to me with all my mechanical years of experience, though I was not there to oversee what they were doing as I was in West Palm Beach, that I apparently know more than they do. So their mechanics need to go back to school. They're supposed to be professionals. In conclusion - stay clear of Ted Vernon Specialty Autmobiles and that way it you will not get victimized.


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#1 Consumer Comment

I can relate to your problem with Ted Vernon. He is a crook.

AUTHOR: Gerry Shanahan - ()

I too have filed a comment about Ted Vernon. Unlike professional auto salespeople, he only wants to sell you once. He thrives on one time sales. He has zero conscience and frankly gives the car sales business a bad name. 

I would simply recommend that people stay away from Ted Vernon. He is NO GOOD!!!!

Gerry Shanahan

If you want to hear more about him email me at (((redacted)))

My address came up as Alabama, only because there was no dropdown for Canada. I live in Nova Scotia

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#2 Author of original report


AUTHOR: crusader - ()

so glad i got a rise out of you please continue your a funny guy  o i put my 20 in the service so yes respect for me and all vets alike     im done frankinstien rules    mor more more i love it i want more rises out you you funny give the baby his bottle back    im the better man im done responding to insults that sound desperate empty funny though i love to get rises out you   hey everyone more rises yeah...   you made my day dont worry i still like you

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#3 Consumer Comment

You Are a Disgrace To The Uniform!

AUTHOR: Jim - ()

You can put away the Veteran card now, little boy, because being a Veteran has NOTHING to do with this.  You're just USING VETERANS to gain sympathy for your participation in a STUPID transaction to begin with.  Anyone who would use Veteran's Status to justify their own stupidity in a car deal is nothing more than a low life maggot and an absolute disgrace to all of us who have/continue to wear the uniform with honor.  You didn't even bother to check out what you were buying.  Real, real smart. 

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#4 Author of original report

frankenstien roller

AUTHOR: crusader - ()

 i could take the silver cloud 2 off and rename it PUFF the magic rolls why not its mine to do with as i please or enter it where it belongs in a stock car race maybe pull a pressure cleaning trailer  be cool smoke billowing down the street i certainaley can give it new life and be proud to say i got it from ted vernon isint she a beuaty   just a a thought my opinion what else could i do with it o yes put plants on it in my driveway    guess the car would speak for itself   its not a rolls its a gloroius smokeing heap something to be proud of when people ask me where this abomination came from   o yes im sure more rebuttals would be inveting however if you do please give me some more interesting ideas for old frankie    im a sap that dealerships a joke and a nother veteran gets the shaft how nice well ok whoooooos next  you buy something it happenes to you next oops o well so sorry  we can all rest and do and say nothingi just thought of a perfect solution you know how on the cars it says where the car came from ill put aldor plugs  ..marine .. in it so i can go smokeing down the road like a frieght train and the sighn on the car rolls frankinstien can say ted vernon specialty cars that way people can see the beast its self   i wont hide nothing it can speak for its self   if thgey can see the car for the smoke ill blow in their windshield how nice i can get it running and people will know where i purchased it  nothing wrong here not hideing a thing ill drive it this way till the engine completely dies and put a chev 350 in it i know where i can have it converted be much cheaper right  you see no im resillient nothing phases me im a man of princeaple it would smell and look lovely riding up to the va   and why hide or be ashamed of the place i bought it its my right as a consumer ther that will hopefully put this problem of how much how good to rest  ill make the most of the dragon  any more rebuttils actually ideas for old frankie? no hey wat if you get screwed it did not happen to you o well another veteran gets the shaft too bad yes if you want to hear im a sap yes i am   there will be more veteran sapps im sure o well who counts just another brick in the wall    you see this is not about the rolls hummer this is about principle scrupples  buisiness behaviuorl patterns if we let one buisiness get away with bad buisiness practice why not let them all this is america we SPEAK OUT  when we feel things aint right so im speaking out im not spineless  i learnt in the millitary not to take any bad stuff   in conclusion  because of people like me that served and protected this great country   that what i do say may not be intended for all but to save a veteran like myself from getting shafted from companies that dont care about anything but their sales    sit down ill stand for all the victims of bad car dealerships dont care about the money as i do treatment that is the piont    after this i could not care less when you get screwed sound familliar only im not that kind of person so talk all you want i stand for vets and people as i said that work hard for their money to be taken advantage from get it this is the whole piont of my complaint... here summary   ... bad buisiness practice srupuless unethical and wrong plain and simpl im done it will not happen again i need to be more buyer beware its only money  right dont miss the piont  keep focused its just a lemon im sorry a car hah ha ha cant wait to put iol fowling plugs in it i iant hideing nothing that was not already known ill just get it to run in disgrace .... the man is a shyster the shoe fits wear it     sorry i had to rebuttal     would not be right not to

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#5 Author of original report

shyster how common thief better

AUTHOR: crusader - ()

.rolls 8000 hummer 14k do the math   anti veteran ok fine the money fro m my hummer paid for ur freedom.   anti veteran im going to tell all thge vets at the va hes a crook period. ill put a chev350 in the car because im a better mechanic than all of them put togethewr end of conversation ant vet anti vet this is about him ripping off vets period.  hes a crook crook crook croook forever. all vets are going to know cause im telling them end of story go back to sleep

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#6 Consumer Comment

Think about it

AUTHOR: coast - ()

Think about it. If a dealer (or anyone else) had a Rolls Royce that needed only a fuel pump, wouldn’t they replace the fuel pump so they could sell a valuable working automobile? I would seriously doubt that a non-working 35-year-old vehicle would need only one part.

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