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BBB has determined that Habberstad Mini meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaints. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public.

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Factors that raised the rating for Habberstad Mini include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 5 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.
  • BBB has sufficient background information on this business.

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

5 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 3 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 1
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 1
Problems with Product/Service 3
Total Closed Complaints 5

Additional Information

BBB file opened: April 01, 2003 Business started: 01/01/2002

This business is in an industry that may require professional licensing, bonding or registration. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

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NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles - All NYS
6 Empire State Plaza, , Albany NY 12228
Phone Number: (212) 645-5550

Business Management
Mr. Eric Habberstad, President
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Eric Habberstad, President
Business Category


Alternate Business Names
Little Cars of LI Inc.

Additional Locations

  • 959 E Jericho Tpke

    Huntingtn Sta, NY 11746

  • 959 E Jericho Tpke

    Huntingtn Station, NY 11746

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Complaint Detail(s)

12/12/2013 Guarantee/Warranty Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: my 2013 mini cooper was brought in to dealership for free regular scheduled warranty service. the auto has 4900 miles on it. The car was running perfectly prior to service. I was told by the service dept that I should authorize a "injector induction flush service' . I was told that this would " clean the injectors and even though it may not need the service now, I would eventually so why not get it out of the way. I was also told to have nitrogen injected into the tires so they would not lose air. $500 later i feel that I was fast talked and taken advantage of because I am a trusting women who knows little about cars. or people in this case.After research on the internet I have learned that injectors do not need this type of service at 5000 miles and this this dealership has numerous complaints for similar tactics. even if this service was required which it was not, isn't that the purpose of a service warranty for a new car?

Desired Settlement: refund for un needed service

Business Response: Customer has been called to discuss their concerns 12/**/13. Habberstad MINI will reimburse customer for services even though they were approved and signed for. Services are a recommendation not mandatory. Customer will receive a full refund.

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Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID *******, and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me and the matter has been resolved.


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BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.

8/27/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I took my car to this dealer to replace brake pads which were under warranty. My invoice shows the brake repairs and shows no charge for them, however the invoice shows additional repairs and a total of $875.34 in charges which I were not made aware of when I signed the Customer Estimate. Specifically, these charges include $239.95 for a wheel alignment, $165.96 for "Induction Service", $199.96 for "Injector Flush Service", $199.96 for "Install A/C Evaporator Cleaner" plus $69.91 for tax. As a result, my credit card was charged the aforementioned amount of $875.34. In an attempt to resolve this matter, I contacted the ******* ***** via telephone later that afternoon, which did not result in this situation being resolved. While ***** was willing to offer me credit on future repairs, he did not resolve this situation in an acceptable manner and claimed he did not have the authority to refund these charges which were wrongfully and deceptively assessed. These business practices are absolutely unacceptable and this dispute should be resolved as soon as possible.

Desired Settlement: a full refund of the $875.34 of the charges as I was not made aware of them.

Business Response:



Customer was contacted on 8/**/13. Even though the customer signed and initialed the estimate and signed the credit card receipt, Habberstad MINI will issue a complete refund of $875.34. Customer was satisfied with the resolution.


Consumer Response: Better Business Bureau:

I have reviewed the response made by the business in reference to complaint ID *******, and find that this resolution is satisfactory to me and the matter has been resolved.

Please be advised that the ******* of ********** ****, *****, called me on Friday 8/** and after hearing me, he understood and agreed to refund the whole amount I was charged for services I never requested and was unaware that above mentioned services will not be covered by the warranty. He said that I should be expecting a check in about 5 days and gave me his personal phone line to notify him that I did receive the refund check in mail. He was extremely helpful, understanding and professional.

Very Truly Yours,
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BBB's Final Determination: Consumer accepted resolution offered by the business.

5/14/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
7/11/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
8/26/2011 Problems with Product/Service