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- Length of time business has been operating.
- Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
- Response to 3 complaint(s) filed against business.
- Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
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Georgia Secretary of State
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.SE, Suite 802, West Tower, Atlanta GA 30334
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2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SE, Suite 315, West Tower, Atlanta GA 30334
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Business ManagementMr. Mark Clayton, President/GM Ms. Nadie Martin, Manager
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Complaint: Lie # 1: This dealership listed a Red 2006 MazdaSpeed 6 for sale on several car websites for $13,997 (tax not included), when I talked to them in person about it they said it is listed for $15,000 (tax not included) but they are giving a discount which was not mentioned on the website. This is a common smoke screen tactic that lots of auto dealers use but it is still lying and shady. Also the Kelly Blue Book values this car at $13,000, so they were $2000 overpriced.Lie # 2: They said that the vehicle was in flawless condition and passed their expert tech process. I took the vehicle down to the local Pep Boys and found out that the wipers were bad, the bottom of the car and frame had a good bit of rust on it, the front differential was leaking, the paint on most of the car was orange peeling, all four tires had lots of cupping, it was out of alignment, one of the wheels had curb rash, the front emblem was cracked, the rear emblem was not factory, all four wheels also had rust eating away at the paint, and the shift knob was very loose. When I got back to the dealership with the car and told them about the issues, I countered their high offer with a more reasonable one, $12,000 out the door (tax included) (Taxes were ~$1000). Here is my justification for the $12000 out the door price that I offered: $1000 for the tires and alignment, $500 for the leaking differential, and $1500 to live with the rust issues and fix the orange peeling, cracked and fake emblems, bad wipers, and the shift knob issue. The salesperson scoffed at my offer and then took it to his boss who then told him to tell me that since it is a sports sedan the cupping on the tires is normal which is complete stupidity by the way and that they would only come down $500 for the leaking differential issue. They did not address any of the other issues and that is when we realized that they are just very shady, lying, rude and unreasonable people; so we walked away from it.
Desired Settlement: A check made out to me in the amount of $200 for wasting my time and money and mailed to my address. I could ask for more but I am not a dishonest and unreasonable person.
We appreciate your feedback and resserve the right to sell a vehicle for what we feel is fair. We also have the right not to accept your offer.
The 2006 Mazda is a "As is, no warranty" vehicle.
Better Business Bureau:
I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID *******, and have determined that this proposed action would not resolve my complaint. For your reference, details of the offer I reviewed appear below.
The reason for rejecting the response is because they did not even address the complaint. Sure you have the right to list the vehicle for what you think is fair and also to reject my offer, but you do not have the right to lie about the condition of the car and what price you are selling it for on your website versus what you say in person. You stated this car was in flawless condition and passed your tech process. How could it possibly pass with all of the issues it had and it was no where near flawless condition.
As per previous response. There is nothing to address, we did not sell vehicle to you.
We have the right to advertise our vehicle at the price we deem appropriate.
We stand behind our certified technician's assessment of vehicle.
Thank you, ***** ******
BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the position of all parties, BBB determined that the business made a reasonable effort to address the complaint. However the consumer remains dissatisfied.
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|6/27/2012||Problems with Product/Service|