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Clinton Ford Lincoln Mercury Complaint - Bad sales practice - BMW 318si

Review by PACorruption on 2006-04-26
CLINTON, IOWA -- I stopped at Clinton Ford Lincoln Mercury on Monday 4/24/06 and was looking at an 1993 BMW 318is. The window sticker said sold as is, the body was in nice shape as was the engine. The sales rep said lets take it for a ride. We did. The right rear brake was making noise, otherwise the car drove and handled well. I was ready to deal. The sales rep said they would look at the break and he would call me the next day, He didn't. I went back the next day to purchase the car at their asking price with cash. They refused to sell it to me. They used some lame excuse that they couldn't sell me the car with the worn brake. WHAT GIVES
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2006-06-13
Posted by viperpa33s on 2006-04-26:
I wouldn't buy a car that is being sold "as is" unless you know what is really wrong with it. They could of not sold you the car for any numerous reasons. Safe to say, if the car was unsafe to drive, your lucky they didn't sell it to you.
Posted by tawanda on 2006-04-27:
While I do understand your disappointment, I don't know that I would be mad at the dealership just yet. What are the lemon laws on your state? Are there specific laws regarding the sale of used vehicles? I would hope the dealership wasn't trying to lie to you, but rather they are reconditioning the vehicle / replacing the brakes before they place it back on the lot for sale...
Posted by tawanda on 2006-04-27:
I would hope the dealership's decision to remove the car from sale was based on their concern for your well being as a potential customer as well as their reputation as a dealership. You may want to call the dealership tomorrow to inquire about the car again. By now the brakes could be replaced and the car ready for an eager new owner. :)
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-04-27:
Sounds to me like someone beat you to it. They already sold it to someone else. If you really wanted it, you could have written up a contract that day - with the condition that the brakes be repaired first.
Posted by Ponie on 2006-04-27:
Sticker said 'as is?' Think that would alert me that the car wasn't in tip-top shape and I don't believe I'd consider buying it. Are lemon laws applicable to 'pre-owned' cars? (Just love that term!) Can someone enlighten me?
Posted by Hugh_Jorgen on 2006-04-27:
Ponie - at least around these parts, most used cars from dealers or used car lots are sold "as is" unless you buy an extended warranty. I think a few places might give you a 30 day/1000 mile warranty, but those are the exception. It's all spelled out on that federally mandated window sticker the dealers are supposed to display on all used cars.
Posted by BARGAIN HUNTER on 2006-06-13:
unfortunatly i have to agree with jordan on this one as much as i hate him. lol

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