Mainline Autoxchange or Mainline Wholesale Informative - Purchase of a 1998 Corolla
UPPER DARBY, PENNSYLVANIA -- I Purchased a 1998 Corolla from this dealership and this is what occurred. I flew into Philly with a certified check for the amount of the vehicle I won and the amount he stated for a temporary tag to come home on. I took a cab and arrived at the lot at around 10:40. I met a gentleman their who was opening the door that asked if I was here for the car. I stated yes and he proceeded to say I have good news and bad news what do you want first. I said tell me the good news. He stated that when he started the car yesterday the engine light came on and the car ran badly, But he took it down the street to the mechanics and they did a complete tuneup and the car runs good now. I said what's the bad news, he said the car is blocked in by another and the owner has the key. So we had to wait for the owner to get in. So he had me come in while he opened up. So I'm now worried about the car and want to inspect so he gets the car and opens it up and shows me the car. Three things stood out that (I bought the car for a great price and I understand that it is a 1998 model so I'm not looking for perfection just what I saw in the pics. The door handle on the outside drivers side was broke. can't open it from the outside. The back seat has a huge ink mark that wasn't very visible in the pics. I then proceeded to open the hood and checked the engine oil level. No oil in it. I checked it 4 times. It was obvious that something had been done to the car new wires and cap and the car probably had some issue the mechanic fixed. He doesn't have a mechanic or any staff other than detailers so his inspection process is probably whatever the detailers find or when they drive it to wherever for pics to put on Ebay. I introduced myself to him and he stated that he had the car totally inspected and tuned up and was ready to go. I told him about the oil and he stated that he just tunedit up and told one of his guys to take it back down to the mechanics. (4 chinese guys do a great job he says). I'm concerned and he states what is wrong I say I have to drive over 600 miles home and I'm not sure about this sale. He states he's no shyster and he will relist if I want. I had to make a decision fly back or go with it. I asked him to pull up the listing to see if it was on the buyer protection plan and it was. One of the detailers/ lot attended comes back with the car and says that the car had oil in it was just so clean that you could not see it. I of course don't believe that but check the car out to see how it runs. It ran fine and and still does. I really think they forgot to put the oil in it. So I asked him about the door handle and he said no problem we have it ordered I will overnight it to you when it comes in. I said I will have it installed and he would pay for it and he agreed. I have that in writing on the bill of sale. I also put that it was to be done within 15 days. Scammers like to string you out on Ebay past the feedback limit and you can't do anything after that time. I agreed gave him the check and we completed the deal. I asked him for the temporary tag and he pulled out his wallet and gave me $40.00 in cash and said you will have to go down the street to the transfer tag office and get it. He printed me directions out and I had to go about 3 miles with no tag to get the temporary tag.
On the way to the get the tag I here this wind. The passenger door is whistling. I think it's the trim molding but it is the window regulator bolts busted. I was able to push up the window and keep it there until I got home to fix. I know that I bought the car as is and when I drove it off the lot my problem. So really my issue was the handle. I get home sent a couple emails and he said his mechanic screwed up just get a estimate and fix and he would pay. That was at the 15 day mark. I went and got a estimate, got it fixed and it was estimated at 200 but came to 215.16 with tax. I had told him 200. so was o. k. with just 200. He said he would send a check out and be there within days. Never showed up. I contacted him again and he said he would check with his comptroller. Waited and never got any response from emails. So I knew he was stringing me out.
I told him many time just pay the 200. and I would leave good feedback. But he never paid so I told him in my last email other should know about his practices.
The car has worked out fine for me and I got it for a good price. We all take the chance things like this will happen on e-bay. But I have filed a case with eBay and will file a report with the attorney general of Pennsylvania. At this point it's not the money. You have to decide if the car is worth it but check it very carefully and remember that once you give him his check it's your car as is. Ebay's protection program is very limited and covers only the major things not my $200 or the window regulator which cost me an additional $345.00.