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International Tesla Electric Company is not BBB Accredited.
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Reason for Rating
BBB rating is based on 16 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.
Factors that lowered International Tesla Electric Company's rating include:
- Government action(s) against business.
- BBB does not have a clear understanding of this business.
- BBB does not have sufficient background information on this business. BBB made two or more requests for background information from the business. BBB has not received a response from this business and/or has not been able to verify information received from this business.
BBB files contain a pattern of customer complaints regarding the purchase of the Pre-Ignition Catalytic Convertor (PICC) and the Hydro-Assist Fuel Cell. These complaints allege the product installation is difficult and confusing, that the company's 'qualified mechanics' were not able to install the product and chemicals provided 'gunked up the throttle body' of the engine causing the vehicle to eventually cease operation. Another complaint indicates the consumer returned the merchandise for a refund; however, the company denied the customer's request. In addition, complaints allege attempts to contact the manufacturer, Dutchman Enterprises, have gone unanswered.
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Since 2000 Consumers from across the United States have contacted the Better Business Bureau requesting information about the company's 'free electricity' presentations held at various public and private venues. Dr. Harold Bergen is identified by many consumers as the International Tesla Electric Company representative promoting "Registration For a Free Electricity Generator On a Residence" certificate.
As of the date of this report BBB has been unable to verify that International Tesla Electric Company has provided any North America Household or Church registered as a 'Certificate Holder' with a 'Free Electricity Generator'.
In addition, BBB has no verification that International Tesla Electric has held the 'National Demonstration Day' promoted for a number of years. According to the company's promotional literature, 1.6 million witnesses will be signed up before the 'Free Electricity Machine' will be demonstrated at National Demonstration Day.
Any consumer who has use of the company's "Free Electricity Machine" installed on their residence or any consumers wanting to provide additional information regarding their customer satisfaction experience with this company are asked to contact Kathleen Calligan, Better Business Bureau of Middle Tennessee, Inc. 615-250-4242.
THIS REPORT WILL BE REVISED AS MORE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Additional namestyles associated with Dr. Harold Bergen and the 'Free Electricity Machine'promotion are ADVANCED HI-TECH, INC. and HI-TECH located in Franklin, Tennessee.
Contact InformationPrincipal: Mr. Dennis Lee (Principal)Dr. Harold Bergen (President AHT)
Wholesalers & Distributors, Fuel Economizers
Products & Services
This company came to the attention of BBB through advertisements of its numerous inventions.
Most recently, the company is advertising a Hydro Assist Fuel Cell (HAFC) claiming the product will increase a vehicle's gas mileage by 50%. The advertisement further indicates, in addition to the HAFC, with the installation of a Pre-Ignition Catalytic Converter (PICC) it is possible to obtain over 100 miles per gallon. BBB's challenge regarding this advertisement is described in the Advertising Review Section of this report.
In September 1999 Dennis Lee advertised a 'free electricity' machine to be demonstrated in the Nashville/Middle Tennessee marketplace. The advertisement and business opportunity offered by Mr. Lee was the subject of a CONSUMER ALERT issued by BBB. BBB's investigation of this product is described in the Additional File Information section of this report.
Other advertised products include the Magna Clean Laundry System, Soil Eradicator, Fire Barrier, Fire Sentry, Therma Guard, TF Sealant, Soni Grow, Hydroweed, Miracle Shield and Envirosafe.
This company's business performance was the subject of a 2nd BBB news release issued on June 25, 2008 titled "Misleading Advertising, Products and Services." To review the news release please visit our website at www.nashville.bbb.org and click on "Alerts & News."