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  • fred

    Auto scams, why stop at the purchase.

    Beware, if the check engine light goes on in your car.

    Gas stations are quick to raise prices as the price of oil goes up but very slow to lower them. A pretty good “rule of thumb” With oil at 109.50 bbl divide by 30, ave gas should be around 3.65 gal.

    Or how about that spread between west texas intermediate and light sweet crude, are regulators and refiners really trying to get the difference back into consumers pockets?

    Or police writing citations requiring court appearances for going through yellow lights or setting up speed traps then collecting time and 1/2 or double time for court appearances. You don’t think cities and towns attract new recruits with base salaries do you?

    Or states collecting kickbacks related to moving violations for driving w/o a license when people fail to renew their drivers license because the state “quietly” decided to no longer send out renewal notices.

  • Joe

    Straight out of Hollywood,

    He got fed up one day after his boss chewed him out for selling a used car to his brother with only a $500 markup. “He calls me into his office and good God, I’ve never heard anybody cuss up such a storm. ‘You gave your brother a house deal? If you can’t f—- your own family and brag about it, you don’t belong here.’”

    • ABC

      reminiscent of perhaps the greatest high pressure sales scene of all time in the flick, Glengarry Glen Ross, when Alec Baldwin very vehemently pronounces,

      A, ALWAYS…
      B, Be
      C, Closing…

      Always Be Closing!! Always Be Closing!!

  • Mel

    Dear Larry,

    I recently read your article “Auto Scams Alive and Well” on the Business Insider, and I thought you might be interested to know of another scam in the auto industry: fraudulent windshield repairs.

    Because many insurers waive the deductible for filling a chip, there is no cost to the consumer BUT the repairer is still paid by the insurance company. Some have used this to create a scam…

    There is an outbreak of unscrupulous windshield scammers creeping up across the country… showing up at gas stations, car washes and even door-to-door, trying to convince drivers to let them repair vehicle glass damage. They use high-pressure sales tactics to scare drivers into allowing them to do the work before they’ve even had a chance to call their insurance company and confirm coverage and request a preferred vendor. Frequently, these windshield “bullies” file an exaggerated claim to get more money or perform repairs that weren’t really needed.

    In fact, the National Insurance Crime Bureau reports a 511 percent increase in “questionable” vehicle glass claims for the third quarter of 2010, compared with the same period last year.

    I would be happy to put you in touch with NICB as well as provide audio recordings of customers calling their insurance company right in the middle of being forced into unwanted repair.

    Thank you,

  • Eddie

    From the libertarian view – the solution here is, you guessed it, less government. The only piece of government that can help here are laws to protect people from theft and laws that can enforce contracts.

    Various U.S. Bureaus’, oversight committees, licenses – one, do more to first add complacency to market’s and market participants and two squash any third party consumer advocates or businesses… it’s a story for another day how government puts entrepreneurs around the economy out of business, seems like we’ll never know what that could look like.

    Have a great day!

  • SPECTRE of Deflation

    After watching the planned demolition of our economy and country over the last 4 years by the banksters and thieves of DC, I can now say that car salesmen are pikers, rather saints, compared to the real thieves who have bankrupted our country. All the car salesmen jokes are a lot less funny when trillions of dollars worth of private losses are being transferred to the public by way of the pscho’s running the bread and circus show.

    • LD

      Spectre,

      Do not worry. We have got that territory very well covered. Here at Sense on Cents, we call that

      Wall Street-Washington Incest.

      You may be busy, but take your time as there is a lot of good material in there. CAUTION: the stench is vile!!

  • Even though there are many dealers that have bad practices, there is also a few dealers that do things right. For example, the dealership I work at Acton Toyota. This is a link to a 3rd party company that offer customers the ability to write about their experience for other to read DEALERRATER.COM

    It is by reading other people’s experiences that customers can avoid dealing with the “bad dealerships”.

  • Joanne Brown

    Joanne Brown
    MB SC 29572

    SCAMSTOPPER
    1/15/2012 9:34:09 AM

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    Reason for Visit: Sales (Used)

    I recommend this dealer: No

    Employee(s) Dealt With: Scott Howard -salesman Mike Howard GS Chris (New Finance Manager).Never gave me eye contact

    My Review of Addy’s Harbor Dodge:
    BUYER WITH A LESSOR CREDIT SCORE…***BEWARE*** Don’t learn it the hard way as I had to do this past week. Addy’s Harbor Dodge Practices the crime of “SPOT DELIVERY” but they don’t tell you that. I went in to see if I could be re-financed and trade my current vehicle in. Against my REPEATED desire to NOT see or test drive ANY car until I was assured of financing. My salesman Scott Howard and the SALES MANAGER MIKE HOWARD came to and said “we can not begin to get you approved until you drive the car we pulled around and tell us if you like it. Fine-I drove the car on the back road of the dealership and right back to park it. From there it was a whirlwind of “Hey-lookk at this deal we worked out for you”…You are all approved!(this is during a 4 hour visit at ADDY’s. I asked 3 THREE of them if they were certain I was approved for this 2012 Dodge Avenger and how could that be possible I asked. All 3 which INCLUDES the RUDE, NO-EYE CONTACT-LYING FINANCE MANAGER CHRIS somebody who happens to be new there. I wonder what happened to the old manager, this guy certainly doesn’t deserve the privillage to work with the public.

    This all began the afternoon of Jan 9, 2011 and ended last 1/15/2012 at 3:00 am when they sent a tow truck to tow the 2012 Dodge.Called police, police explained I didn’t have any rights, EVEN THOUGH I HAVE A CONTRACT signed by the dealership with a %rate, paymet due date, amount due, etc. This is what they do to those of us less educated.
    It is called SPOT DELIVERY SCAM and guess what? The Dealership has rights that protect THEM if one tries to fight or prove it-WHICH I AM IN THE PROCESS OF ALL WEEK.

    ALL OF MY PAPERWORK AND MY CONTRACT ARE ALL BOGUS-IT’S AS IF THEY WROTE A BIG FAT CHECK ON AN ACCOUNT THAT DOESN’T EXIST. THEY DO THIS IN HOPES THAT THE BUYER WILL LIKE THE CAR SO MUCH THEY WILL DO WHAT EVER THE DEALERSHIP ASKS, THE NEXT DAY, OR TWO DAYS AFTER YOU HAVE THE CAR. IF YOU DON’T COMPLY, THEY DEMAND THE CAR TO BE RETURNED AND THEN THEY REPORTED IT STOLEN!! HA-i HAVE THE DANG KEY AND A SIGNED CONTRACT.

    I HAVE NO VEHICLE NOW. I AM CONTINUING TO FIGHT THIS AND PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING TO ANOTHER INNOCENT CONSUMER. WHAT ABOUT MY RIGHTS? WHO IS MONITORING THE FRAUD, LIES, AND SCAMS GOING ON RAMPID AMOUNG CAR DEALERS. PLEASE-PLEASE-STAY AWAY FROM ADDY’S HARBOUR DODGE ON 502 CONWAY SC. IT SIMPLY IS NOT RIGHT,BBB, CONSUMER AFFAIRS, LOCAL NEWS CHANNELS ARE THE AVENUES I HAVE STARTED WITH TO INVESTIGATE THIS SCAM. I RETURN TO THE MAGISTRTES OFFICE TUESDAY TO GAIN DIRECTION THERE.

    IF ANYONE ELSE HAS EXPERIENCED THIS TYPE SITUATION, PLEASE POST A COMMENT. WISH ME LUCK, SOMEONE HAS TO DO SOMETHING AND I AM GOING TO TRY.

  • Rose Mary

    I am one the poor unfortunates who have recently been lured into greater debt that I can really afford . This also came with a loss of more than $5000 on a stupid trade in . There was lots of deception and false claims involved on the part of the car salesman at my local Toyota dealership .

    Is there no recourse these kinds of situations . Their main response to me has been that it is not illegal for them to make a profit . True , but it is unethical to make a profit by means of deception . I have been along time customer of this dealership and feel I should be given special consideration, all things considered .






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