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Pacific Coast Motors Complaint - I was sold a bad car a taken advantage of !

Review by shannonmc on 2009-12-20
ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA -- I'm 19 years old and I just got my driver license. So I went into what I thought was a reputable used car dealership. To get a reliable car to get me back and forth, to and from school and both of my jobs. I put $1000 cash down on a 1999 Nissan Pathfinder. It was disclosed to me that there was nothing wrong with this vehicle. But when I was advised to get the car inspected, I found out that there are major things wrong with this car. The radiator has a hole in it, it needs new brakes and there are some other problems. I contacted this dealership the same day I purchased tha car (11-13-09) to let them know that I was unhappy with it and that I wanted my money back. Pacific Coast Motors has been ignoring my calls and I even took the car back on 11-16-09 with no luck in getting my money or a decent car. They told me theres nothing they can do. After filing a complaint with DMV, the dealership called me back and offered to fix the car, and apologized for selling me a bad car. So after them telling me to bring the vehicle in to fix it, they told me my car would be ready in 24 hrs. So I called back the following day to see if the vehicle was ready, this is when the salesperson told me I would have to pay an additional $200. When she clearly told me the day before to not worry about this additional downpayment. I have a voice recording where the salesperson told me that I no longer had to pay for additional down payment. So they have the car & my $1000 and I'm stuck in an upside down loan for almost $16,000 with no transportation to and from work and school. There has to be something that could be done about this situation. I would appreciate if I can be helped in any way. Thank you. Damage Resulting = I have no vehicle to go from work and to school. I'm out of all of my savings $1000, I have no car & I'm stuck in an upside down loan.
Comments:7 Replies - Latest reply on 2009-12-21
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-20:
The perils of using used car dealerships. Carmax seems to be the most trustworthy. If your voice recording says that you don't have to deal with any additional "down payment", I'll bet they call it something else like a, "maintenance or repair fee." Good luck. What is an upside down loan?
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-20:
It's probably a good time to learn about small claims court. In some states, if you can prove deceptive business practices, you can get triple damages.

Did you really pay 17 grand for a ten year old Nissan? Take someone with you next time you go car shopping.
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-20:
omg yes

hell for 17 grand you could have gotten a good used camry and then had cash left over
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-20:
Everybody that buys a car thinks they got a great deal. That's because of the snake oil salesperson that sold it to you, not because you actually got a good deal. You want a good deal? Buy a car from an individual. You save middle man fees and overhead. Oh, and have the car inspected BEFORE you sign the contract. How hard is that to figure out?
Posted by PepperElf on 2009-12-20:
actually in my case i did get a good deal. mom was there and she helped me. she's good about haggling for price.

that and in ny state cars have to be inspected before being sold anyway so that kinda helps out
Posted by Anonymous on 2009-12-20:
Am I right in concluding you refused to pay the $200, so now they have a mechanic's lien on the vehicle? If that's the case, pay the $200 or go to court and pay more in lost time and aggravation. Even if it comes from a lot, it's reasonable to expect a 10 year old vehicle to have some mechanical issues. If they sold the car to you "as-is", it has no warranty. And if you signed a bill of sale and financing agreement, you're locked into a contract, even if it was a bad deal. My 1st car was a lemon, I got taken, and it's a lesson that won't be forgotten.
Good luck.
Posted by redmx3racer on 2009-12-21:
Sounds like one of those buy here pay here places. I'm sure the price of the vehicle was a couple grand over book, and then the 30% adds up.

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