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Combs Car Corral

Phone: (208) 376-1070 9640 Fairview Ave., Boise, ID 83704

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This company is a used automobile dealership.

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A BBB Accredited Business since

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Reason for Rating

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Factors that raised the rating for Combs Car Corral include:

  • Length of time business has been operating
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size
  • Response to 7 complaint(s) filed against business
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business

Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

7 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 2 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 2
Billing/Collection Issues 2
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 3
Total Closed Complaints 7

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

1 Customer Review on Combs Car Corral
Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience 0
Neutral Experience 0
Negative Experience 1
Total Customer Reviews 1

Additional Information

BBB file opened: January 04, 1999 Business started: 01/01/1996 Business started locally: 01/01/1996
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

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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Department of Motor Vehicles

Business Management
Mr. Dennis Combs, President Ms. Kyla Westerberg, General Manager
Contact Information
Principal: Mr. Dennis Combs, President
Customer Contact: Ms. Kyla Westerberg, General Manager
Business Category

Auto Dealers - Used Cars

Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Summary

Combs Car Corral has received 0 out of 5 stars based on 0 Customer Reviews and a BBB Rating of A+.

BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

Additional Locations

  • 9640 Fairview Ave.

    Boise, ID 83704 (208) 376-1070


BBB Customer Review Rating plus BBB Rating Overview

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Customer Review Experience Value
Positive Review 5 points per review
Neutral Review 3 points per review
Negative Review 1 point per review

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BBB Letter Grade Scale

BBB Rating Value
A+ 5
A 4.66
A- 4.33
B+ 4
B 3.66
B- 3.33
C+ 3
C 2.66
C- 2.33
D+ 2
D 1.66
D- 1.33
F 1
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5 stars 5.00
4.5 stars 4.50-4.99
4 stars 4.00-4.49
3.5 stars 3.50-3.99
3 stars 3.00-3.49
2.5 stars 2.50-2.99
2 stars 2.00-2.49
1.5 stars 1.50-1.99
1 star 0-1.49

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Complaint Detail(s)

6/3/2016 Problems with Product/Service
1/15/2016 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I bought a Dodge Durango 2002 truck from combs,and gave them 1000.00 down and made my payments on time. After a month they had changed the truck on me with out me knowing and gave me a painted up truck that was a 2001 model just a plain old beat up truck that I returned to them. and after paying several payments of 580.00 they have reported wrong to the credit company. they refuse to talk to me and they have both trucks now and I want all my money back because I did not break the contract plus they are reporting to the transunion wrong amounts and they have both trucks. I want my money back that equals to 2160.00 . Also the truck Burned a quart of oil in the first week and it spit out water from the exhaust. and they told me that the engine was a 4.7 and in fact it was a 5.2 and it was sold as a 2002 and in fact it was 2001

Desired Settlement: I want a full refund of 2160.00 and I want my credit report changed they are reporting false information and furthermore I do not want no more contact with this company!

Business Response: *** ********* while I am sorry that you are unhappy, I have no idea what the references in your complaint are about.  You were sold a **** ***** *******.  There was never any vehicle swap or anything else that you seem to be complaining about.  The fact of the matter is that you purchased this vehicle on 8/1/15 and made a total of three payments for a total of $1580.00.  The last payment we received from you was on 9/1/15.  After that date we only heard from you one time, at which point you made a payment arrangement that you did not keep.  We subsequently received an anonymous call that informed us that you had moved to ********.  At that point we had no telephone number for you, and no known address, so the account was sent to Collections.  It wasn't until 12/29/15 that we discovered that your vehicle had been abandoned at the ****** ************* ******* for several weeks!  We were finally able to repossess the vehicle from the ****** ******* after paying the accrued storage fees of $1711.00 on 1/11/16.  The vehicle is now in our possession.  You will be sent a Notice of Intent, but we do need a current address in order to ensure that the letter makes it to you.  As a result of all of this I cannot offer you your desired settlement, especially when taking into consideration that we received only $1580 from you and have had to pay sales commissions, sales tax, storage to the ****** ******* as well as repossession fees and transport fees to get the vehicle back to Idaho.  If you have complaints regarding the information that was submitted to any of the credit bureaus, please contact them and fill out a dispute form.  Once that dispute form is submitted to us from the credit bureau in question we will handle the matter per our company policy to review any alleged misreported information.  Again, I apologize that you have had an unpleasant experience, but it would truly seem that I am the one to have experienced more unpleasantness with this car deal than you.  If you have questions, please contact our ***** ************ ******** ** *************

7/28/2015 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: On approximately May 18, 2015, my husband and I purchased a **** ******* from Combs Car Corral in Boise, Idaho. I had previously purchased 2 vehicles from Combs in the past and had a good experience, was treated with respect. This time was absolutely horrible and I will never return. We signed all the paperwork, including giving Comb's Power of Attorney for the trade in we had (a *** ********). We did not have the title to the *** as our previous lender accidentally shredded it and we were waiting for a replacement, which we were assured it was coming. We provided the needed paperwork to Combs along with a 'Satisfaction of Lien' letter from the previous lender. We received our temporary sticker and were done, so we thought. Our **** broke down less then one month later, we took it to Combs for repair, as we purchased the Repair/Extended Warranty Service Plan. Our vehicle went into the repair shop on 6/15/15 until 6/19/19. At this time, we found out the payment dates were not the dates we had agreed upon at the time of purchase, ******* refused to fix it. Comb's has only just sent the needed paperwork to the ****** *** on 6/12/15. We were unable to get our vehicle licensed in time, nor were we able to turn in the required information to the DMV to have *** title sent to Combs. We finally got our vehicle licensed, took the required paperwork to the ******** ****** *** *nd tried to submit it so Combs could get the title. We were told we didn't need to do this as the Credit Union (original lien holder) was responsible to do this. On 7/8/2015 I get a phone call from **** at Combs asking me to call DMV and find out what is happening with the title. I called, all calls are routed to ***** and I spoke with a gentleman who asked me if I signed papers releasing the *** to the dealership (Combs). I told him I did. He then told me he could not share any title information with me as I no longer have an interest in the vehicle. I called **** back and told her this. On 7/11/15 I get a message from ******* (financial officer) at Combs, telling me I 'need to obtain the title to the *** and get it to her now'. I once again call ****** *** and ask about getting the *** title. I was told I had to file lost title paperwork and pay a fee of $77 for this. We had already paid the Credit Union the title fee and the credit union was submitting paperwork to get the title. I called ******* back and told her this. She then informed me that IF I did not produce the title to the trade in by Friday (7/17/15) Combs was going to take the **** we purchased back for 'breech of contract'. I once again called DMV and asked them to please call ******* and explain to her how the title situation works and that Oregon is not like Idaho and can print a title right there and then. He called, apparently did not discuss with ******* what I asked him to. ******* then called me back, and was very, very nasty. Reminding me I had two days to produce the title or she was taking my ****. I called my husband and he then called *******. ******* told him I "was a liar, and that the **** was being taken back on Friday" per the GM. My husband asked to talk to the GM, he was told he could not. My husband then called the Caldwell Combs today (7/16/15) and spoke with the GM's assistant. Apparently ******* does not have the authority to take my ****. She originally was the one who approved the above mentioned sale knowing FULL WELL the title was coming, but the Credit Union needed to file the correct paperwork. Not only was this extremely stressful and uncalled for (******* has no right to call someone a liar), it was extremely unprofessional and I will never step foot in the Boise Comb's Car Corral again. In fact, I will tell everyone I know to avoid Combs Car Corral.

Desired Settlement: I expect the payment dates to be corrected to the dates that we agreed upon at the time of purchase and I demand an apology from ******* at the Boise Combs Car Corral to myself, my husband and ******* at **** ****** *****. Ideally, I would like for some corrective disciplinary action to be taken with ******* and her unprofessional, inappropriate way she deals with customers. She was also rude to the representative (*******) from the Credit Union who was trying to fix the problem and explain the procedure to *******.

Business Response: I am very unhappy to hear that one of my employees may have spoken rudely to one of my customers or even hinted at a threat of collective action.  For this I sincerely apologize.  Furthermore, ******a is a Receptionist and does not and never will have the authority to send a vehicle out for repossession.  If she did indeed threaten to repo, I am very distressed to hear this.  As a result, I want to be clear that ******a has been disciplined per company policy. 

As far as the complaints regarding the ****** *** and title situation, unfortunately I cannot control the timeliness of the DMV, even though there are many times that I wish I could!!!  In regards to your complaint about your payment dates, a legally binding contract was signed and I cannot unfortunately change those dates.  We can however work with you, but you will need to return the phone calls that we made to you on 7/17/15 so that we may discuss this with you. 

Again, I am very sorry that you were not treated like the amazing customer that you are.  At Combs Car Corral we pride ourselves on valuing our customers highly and treating them accordingly.  I sincerely hope that the treatment of you by one staff member does not affect your permanent opinion of Combs Car Corral and the rest of our amazing staff. 

2/26/2015 Advertising/Sales Issues | Complaint Details Unavailable
6/19/2014 Problems with Product/Service | Complaint Details Unavailable
1/24/2014 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: Bait and Switch is illegal in Idaho. They advertise right now you can get any car on the lot with your trade or $500 down, And of course no one turned down. I went in to get in on this deal I heard on the radio and their website. They told me I had to have the $500 cash because my vehicle wasn't worth $500 to them. I called my dad to get advise on what to do next. He said ask to speak to the General manager because a bait and switch is illegal. I went in again and asked to speak to the manager and was told they did not have one. He **** gave me a phone number to the Nampa store. I called them and spoke to *******. He told me the manager was not there but insisted on hearing what I had to say. I told him my issue I had at the Boise store and he gave me a run around about taxes on vehicles. I'm not the one running this promotion, I would think they would have considered that when they ran this promotion. The ad did not say you have to have a trade in more than $500 worth of value. I get shot down every time I go in there for the false advertisements they run. I do have recordings of all conversations between myself and the sales person, plus the add and how they are wording it.

Desired Settlement: A: I want them to hold up on their word and get me into any vehicle I want on the lot and I will pay my "little" (as worded in the ad) down with my taxes. And I never want to hear and ad from them that is misleading again. B: I would like a settlement for my wasted time and gas and frustrations with this. But most of all I would like some reprehending, such as fines, for the Bait and Switch.I want this made right.

Business Response: I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or perceived strife that this customer may have experienced based on what he perceives as a "bait and switch." I would be more than happy to sell a car to *** ******, however, he must either have a $500 down payment or a trade-in that is worth $500, or a possible combination of the two as well as commit to a deferred payment from this year's income taxes (the amount of which is determined by the price of the vehicle being purchased and the customer's financial means. At that point, based on *** ******'s stability and monthly income, we can find a vehicle that suits his budget. As to *** ******'s desired resolution, I can only offer what I previously have, and that is to sell him a vehicle that he can financially afford, with the required down payment. We do not believe our ad to be misleading, nor are we employing any "bait and switch" tactics.

11/22/2013 Billing/Collection Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: In 2009 I had bought a vehicle from Combs Car Corral I had possession of the vehicle for 5 days then I had to return it due to reduced hours at work. When I took the vehicle back they had kept my down payment of 1500 and said because they had already paid commission to the salesman. I let this go even though I thought so I returned the vehicle in better condition then was received and now they will sell it again and pay commission a second time? Now some years later I was looking through my credit report and it was reported that it was volunteer repossessed which looks bad on my credit and also is not accurate to what happened at all. I'm just concerned that this is happening to others besides me and I don't think it was quite fair they kept the down payment. Also how they reported it in my creditThank you for your time,******* *******

Desired Settlement: My 1500 dollars back or at least an apology and that they will work on there system to better report these situations to the credit agencies

Business Response:

*** ******* *******


What I have offered to **. ******** s to have the negative credit report from his voluntary repossession removed from his credit (it’s just that he will have to first contact the credit bureau and file a dispute).  As to *** ********* question about sales tax and commission being paid multiple times, I am unsure what he is referring to.  He will need to be more specific.  Sales tax and commission are paid once per sale of the vehicle.  So, for the deal in question, sales tax would have been paid once.  Regardless of the amount of sales tax or commission,*** ******* would not have had his down payment refunded to him.  He purchased a vehicle and signed a legally binding contract.  Now, had *** ******* chosen, back in 2009, to take us up on our offer of trading into a lesser expensive vehicle, he would not have had to pay sales tax again (trading into a cheaper vehicle, by law, negates sales tax).  However, *** ******* elected to refuse that offer.  The second offer that was made was simply Combs Car Corral’s way of trying to extend a helping hand to a customer by offering him a discount on another purchase at some point within 12 months of his initial purchase…a way of “refunding,” if you will, some of his initial down payment.  None of these things were required by law.  They were merely offered because we are a reputable dealership and always try to keep our customers happy.  *** ******* refused both offers. 


In regards to his desired resolution of a refund, the answer to that is an emphatic no!  Not only has it been 4 years, but again* *** ******* signed a legally binding contract.  I apologize for any inconvenience that *** ******* may have experienced, but I feel that my offer of allowing the negative report to be removed (by way of him filing a dispute with the credit bureau and Combs Car Corral, in return, not fighting it) from his credit is more than fair.



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