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Complaint Review: Rodd Sala - cary Illinois

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  • Rodd Sala 209 Cleveland Street cary, Illinois USA

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 Purchased a 2004 BMW 745i on ebay in February of 2013 from Mr Sala; winning bid was $8,976. Had several email conversations with the seller regarding condition of vehicle, etc. Seller stated that vehicle had just been checked out by mechanic and only needed a few minor repairs to the tune of $900. Also stated that he would provide the reciept for such as well as the Carfax report.

$1500 deposit was given after auction ended with balance paid upon pickup of vehicle. Car did not start up right away when i went to drive it which was a bad sign but seller assured me it was probably because of the cold...He jumped the car with his truck and it started right up.. To his credit, he was very patient while i had some issues with the rest of the payment which I did have the funds but was unable to paypal them to him at his office as planned due to issues with my paypal account. After running around to several places, was finally able to withdraw majority of the balance with approx $900 remaining which I promised to mail a check or money order to him. He trusted me on this and I in turn trusted him as he seemed such an honest and trustworthy person...

Fast forward;

May of 2013... Took vehicle to BMW for routine oil change and diagnostic of check engine light... The look on the service rep's face was devastating when she came out to give me the news... She started by asking me when I bought the vechicle and if I could get my money back.. I knew the rest would not be good news. She then handed me a diagnostic report with estimated repairs costs of almost $11K which is more than I paid and more than the vehicle is worth.. In short, bad engine and transmission problems that WERE definitely in place before I bought the vechicle. The extent of damage according to BMW was not such that could have just occurred since my purchase and definitely would have been discovered upon the inspection that Mr Sala had put the vehicle through before the sale..( if it was in fact a legitimate inspection as he stated to me that this mechanic was HIS mechanic in my own assumption; his friend )

I brought this fact to Mr Sala regarding the condition of the car via email to which he replied that it was very rude of me to accuse him of knowing about any mechanical problems before the sale and how dare I say such a thing. I told him that I am fully aware of what buying a used car entails but that he gave written and verbal/implication that the vechicle was in good condition and that the only reason for the somewhat high mileage was because the previous owner was a traveling salesman and used the car for work but took very good care of the vehicle.

Since our last conversation, the vehicle is inoperable. The transmission has gone out and the engine is next. It is blowing out blue smoke and burning oil faster than you could imagine. I am devastated as I worked 2 jobs to save for this vehicle and am now without a car and without my $8,976 plus other expenses. I have been renting a vechicle for the last 6-8 wks to the tune of almost $1500 as I don't have the cash to go out and purchase another vehicle right now nor am in a position to finance one... I feel very betrayed and hurt that there are such dishonest people who take advantage of hardworking people like me. I do plan to further pursue the matter but wanted to tell my story so that someone else may benefit from it...

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#3 REBUTTAL Individual responds

All you had to do was call and we would have found a solution. The approach you took is not the solution.

AUTHOR: Classic Cars - ()

POSTED: Thursday, October 24, 2013

 Very disappointed to read this. The car was advertised as a high mileage example and bought "as-is" on eBay, and yet when the buyer first contacted me after experiencing problems, I stepped right up to help. There was a polite exchange of emails to and fro and my last email to the buyer was; "lets get my BMW mechanic (the very same one that did the last service) to review the car". In that same email, I asked the new owner to send me the current mechanical report so I could review it and have the same mechanic review it. All with a view to find an amicable solution. That email was in June 2013 and I never heard back from her. How can I as the vendor help if you as the seller don't make the effort to provide me the information I need to find a solution? Used cars are just that; "used" and sometimes things go wrong. But in an effort to maintain a good business practice, I go well and beyond any legal obligation to assist anyone who may be dissatisfied for whatever reason. I have shipped cars at my cost back and forward from other states to attend to issues FREE OF CHARGE and even given FULL REFUNDS to those buyers who you may argue, simply had buyers remorse. It doesn't matter why they may be upset, the philosophy is simply to make your customers happy. Which I will ALWAYS endeavor to do. However, when they lodge complaints on forums such as this one, this achieves nothing to get the cooperation of the vendor and the only person they end up harming is themselves. All you had to do is contact me and together we would have found a solution. That may well have resulted in a complete refund. How can I do this now with a "negative report forever" on this website?

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out $9k

AUTHOR: out $9K - ()

POSTED: Sunday, October 20, 2013

Maybe i should have added that he paid for these so called minor repairs. it wasnt that the information was just passed to me..At any.rate..im not certain why your rebuttal seems so negative or annoyed with me..If i want to pirsue the matter in.any capacity that is my choice..win or lose

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Good Luck in that...

AUTHOR: Robert - ()

POSTED: Sunday, October 20, 2013

 What exactly are you going to pursue?

You bought a car on the Internet and didn't get it checked out by a mechanic.  Any big "red flag" should have been when they said that there was $900 in repairs that needed to be done.  How come you didn't take that as a "warning sign" and get a second opinion. 

Then there is the $900 in repairs.  Did you have them done?  What if a claim could be made that the repairs needed could have avoided the future damage?

You then have a timing issue.  According to your report you bought it in February, but the light didn't come on until May..that is 3 months.  So hopefully if you pursue it the mechanic who gave you the "bad news" will be willing to go to court and under oath swear that the damage where there in February.


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