Wilkinson Cadillac Pontiac GMC Complaint - Beware

Review by allygiff on 2007-09-21
SANFORD, NORTH CAROLINA -- Complaint filed with the BBB:

In late August, my father was suffering from a then-unknown brain tumor. With impaired judgment, he decided to purchase a new car. Wilkinson Cadillac sold my father a slightly used (450 miles), 2007 Buick Lucerne for $30,000 and allotted $8,000 for his 2005 Ford Crown Victoria - a net cost of $22,000. Roughly two weeks later, when my dad was in the hospital, I attempted to unwind the transaction. My dad had only driven the car once. Doug offered $22,000 for the Lucerne - basically assuring himself a two week profit of at least $6000 (he's paid my father too much for the old Crown Vic and charged too much for the Lucerne - a new one was probably worth $27,000.

When I told Doug how disappointed I was, he said "Hey, I'm not going to try to change the world". He had no interest in doing the right thing. Is his behavior illegal? Nope. Did he take advantage of a sick, elderly man? Absolutely. Will he do it again? I have no doubt. He has proven himself to be thoughtless and greedy

At this point, Doug Wilkinson has made his decision and I'm not going to waste my time pursuing him for a few thousand dollars. I only seek to warn other consumers of Wilkinson Car's business practices and hope that other potential buyers strongly consider another provider.
Comments:11 Replies - Latest reply on 2007-09-24
Posted by moneybags on 2007-09-21:
Check with your dad's attorney. If the tumor rendered your dad as "mentally impaired" the sale was illegal and can be undone, though his car (trade in) is probably gone. Good luck.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-21:
JayD. I do agree with you !
moneybags: I agree with you to a point. What date was the tumor diagnosed ?
Posted by allygiff on 2007-09-23:
My father had his first seizure on Monday Sept 13th. He was diagnosed with Lung cancer that had metastasized to his brain and liver upon reading the CT scan that next day. We figure the brain tumors had been there for about a month. He purchased the car 2 weeks prior to his seizure.
Posted by allygiff on 2007-09-23:
All this was of course explained to Mr. Wilkinson, that the circumstances were extreme. This is NOT just a case of adult children thinking they could make a better "deal" than their parents. Mr. Wilkinson chose to be heartless and greedy. I am simply alerting the public to this fact.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-23:
Sorry about your Dad ally, sounds like your family has been through a great deal in a short period of time.
It would be interesting to hear what a lawyer had to say but I can understand what you are saying about just wanting people to know what happened.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-23:
JayD, I am surprised at your callous reply.

ally, I am sorry to hear about your father and for the experience at Wilkinson Cadillac, unfortunately there just aren't many people left in this world that have a heart.
Posted by S. on 2007-09-24:
I have empathy for allygiff since a situation similar to this once happened to a relative of mine. justcuz, I don't think JayD's reply was callous. How was the dealer to know his judgement was impaired since he was suffering from a 'then-unknown brain tumor?' If all facts are stated as in this complaint, I doubt the BBB will even question it. Don't doubt a lawyer would look at it the same way. That's life....
Posted by S. on 2007-09-24:
Sorry to hear of the situation, allygiff. You have much rougher times ahead and hope you have the strength to carry on.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-24:
Great comment amaniR and justcuz. JayD's comment was not only callous but I have to wonder if it even read the review.

Allygiff -- Here's an idea. Contact your local media with your story. Couldn't hurt.

I wish all the best to your father, you and your family. Hang in there.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-24:
Ponie, I was referring to JayD's comment that ally should have a better relationship with her parents.. that was pretty cold.
Posted by Anonymous on 2007-09-24:
Good post. I hope people in your area stay away from this place. I think Stew has the right idea re contacting your local media. It definitely can't hurt. Most people don't like it when the elderly are taken advantage of. A few thousand dollars is a lot to give away--especially to someone that didn't really earn it.

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