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Bell & Bell Buick - GMC

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Phone: (843) 399-8300Fax: (843) 399-5357View Additional Phone Numbers2491 Highway 9 E, Little RiverSC 29566-6803 Send email to Bell & Bell Buick - GMC

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A BBB Accredited Business since 05/05/2003

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Reason for Rating

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Factors that raised Bell & Bell Buick - GMC's rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 1 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Advertising / Sales Issues1
Billing / Collection Issues0
Problems with Product / Service0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Bell & Bell Buick - GMC

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (1)
11/30/2015Advertising / Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

They need to offer same size vehicle for the price they offered other vehicle at
I was trying to purchase a vehicle and was told it wouldn't be sold if I was interested but I get a call told that it was sold and this after my credit has been pulled and they try to put me in another vehicle that I did not want and told them from the beginning that I didn't want.

Desired Settlement
I want a vehicle offered for the same price cause I fill like this was a bait and switch or to have my credit fixed.

Business Response
This customer & a friend, came to our dealership on Saturday November 7th, 2015. As far as I can determine this was the first visit we have had with customer. Customer looked @ some of our Used Trucks & found one they had an interest in. Like all dealers we have to get credit information in order to see if the customer has acceptable credit and the ability to purchase.

This customer filled out a Credit App & signed it, at which time we gave her a Privacy Notice, which again she signed. Our salesman gave the credit info to our Finance Mgr to handle, then the F&I Mgr pulled the customers credit, with permission. The F&I Mgr, after reviewing the customer's credit felt he could not get an automatic approval, so he told the salesman, the lead F&I Mgr would have to handle that on Monday when he came back to work. And this was told to the customer, the vehicle that they inquired about was not sold that Saturday and was still available for purchase on Monday when we opened up. So they customer said they would wait until Monday and left.

On Monday the lead F&I Mgr went over the credit info & sales price, and told the salesman we would not be able to meet the payment the customer was wanting to pay. He suggested the salesman to call the customer and suggest a less expensive vehicle that would meet their needs and price range. Because it is our policy not to hold any vehicle unless there is a signed buyers order and non-refundable deposit made. Later that day another salesman sold the truck the customer was interested in.

Just for the record, we only looked at the customers credit, we never submitted it to any bank or financing institution, but the number of credit inquiries on the customers credit report was 17 this year. It appears the customer went to another dealer who "shotgunned" the customers credit info to multiple financing institutions. We in no way damaged this customers credit report, it was never submitted to anyone, and we never tried to "Bait & Switch" this customer.

Consumer Response
(The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
I was told that I may need more of a down payment and that he could speak with the manager *** to see if they could come down on the price any. I was told they would do what it took and I never told them what payment I could not afford.

Final Business Response
Based on the information we obtained from this customers credit report, at which we only viewed and were given authorization to do so; and based on the number of credit inquiries showing on the report for 2015, we felt it would be difficult to find a financing institution that would fund a loan for this customer. That is the reason we did not sent this customers credit information to any lender. For us to procure a loan, if possible, the lender would make the actual decision on how much down payment would be needed for funding, and what the interest and payment would be, we do not control or make those decisions.

Industry Comparison| Chart

Auto Dealers - New Cars

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 12/10/1999Business started: 01/01/1976
Type of Entity


Incorporated: January 1976, SC

Contact Information
Principal: Mr William C Bell (President) Tammy Floyd (Vice President) Sheila Young (Accts Payable)
Number of Employees


Business Category

Auto Dealers - New Cars

Products & Services

This company offers new and used cars.

Alternate Business Names
Bell & Bell Oldsmobile-GMC Truck Inc

Map & Directions

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Address for Bell & Bell Buick - GMC

2491 Highway 9 E

Little River, SC 29566-6803

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2 Locations

  • 2491 Highway 9 E 

    Little River, SC 29566-6803(843) 399-8300
    (800) 635-1693
    Fax: (843) 399-5357

  • PO Box 701 

    North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597-0701

Industry Comparison ChartX

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  • (800) 635-1693

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