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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

10 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 3 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 4
Billing/Collection Issues 1
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 0
Problems with Product/Service 5
Total Closed Complaints 10

Additional Information

BBB file opened: January 01, 1986 Business started: 10/19/1967 Business started locally: 10/19/1967 Business incorporated: 10/19/1967 in TX
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Type of Entity


Business Management
Tommy Moore, Owner Greg Butts, General Sales Manager Gary Gerngross, Service Manager Fabian Gonzalez, Vidor Location - Manager Morris Moore, Owner Paul Palumbo, Used Car Manager Rita Peyres, Comptroller
Contact Information
Principal: Tommy Moore, Owner
Customer Contact: Rita Peyres, Comptroller
Business Category

Auto Dealers - New Cars Auto Dealers - Used Cars Truck Dealers New Car Dealers (NAICS: 441110)

Alternate Business Names
Cowboy Autos of Vidor Cowboy Chevrolet GMC, Inc. Cowboy of Vidor

Additional Locations

  • 1415 Highway 96 Byp

    Silsbee, TX 77656 (409) 385-5221

  • 690 West Fwy

    Vidor, TX 77662 (409) 769-5700 (800) 356-1258

  • 710 S Main St

    Lumberton, TX 77657 (409) 755-2130

  • PO Box 1025

    Silsbee, TX 77656 (409) 373-0278


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  • (800) 259-2862(Phone)
  • (800) 259-5221(Phone)
  • (800) 269-2882(Phone)
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Complaint Detail(s)

11/7/2014 Problems with Product/Service
10/23/2014 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: The business sent me a flyer that included a game that you had to match for cash. My card marched for $2K. When I went to redeem my thought winnings, I was told that the money match only guaranteed that I did win something but not the cash that the card match was. That's not what their game rules explained. It said nothing about you had to match a confirmation number on the flyer to win the cash amount that was matched. To me that's misrepresentation of the rules you mailed to customers. The card said match and win, and it game you the rules for the other parts of the game. Cowboy Vidor leaves out information to make you have to come to the dealership with the sole intention to get you to buy a car. That's tricking the consumer in to making that trio to them.

Desired Settlement: Stop misĀ·informing the public into believing they are winners, just to get the to your dealership.

Business Response: Cowboy Motors of Vidor hired an outside firm that helps generate additional sales volume.  The mail that was sent out was approved by the Texas Attorney General.  The mailer is real, there is actually an insurance policy taken out to cover the prizes.  30,000 mailers are sent out.  We only receive about 500 people that come in to match their numbers and attempt the stated scratch off card.  Most other people simply throw it away.

We are sending a copy of the mailer that states in the first line "Revealing a winning match qualifies you to play the $25,000 instant Scratch Off Ticket contest".  We even had the publishing company enlarge the disclaimer to avoid this waste of our time and the BBB's time.  Mr ***** is welcome to come and attempt his luck at winning with his scratch off ticket if he would like.  We would love to see somebody win as we would love the free advertisement.  Thank you for your time.

****** ********
Sales Manager

6/26/2014 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: Today is the 4th time they have advertised a Nissan pickup for sale that they don't have. I have stopped twice, even yesterday. Yet it relisted 5/15. I have stopped there twice to look at a truck that just came up on and been told it was a mistake that they didn't have it, that it had been sold weeks before. I went again when it posted yesterday. Again I was told they didn't have it, that it was sold weeks ago. I told the salesman that was the 3rd time I'd checked on the same vehicle as soon as it was advertised and I would file a BBB complaint if it happened again. They took it down and then reposted it today. The ad is copied below. Cowboy commits clear bait and switch tactics. 2005 Nissan Frontier Body: Crew Cab, Engine: 4.0 6 Cyl., Transmission: automatic, Color: white, Miles: 122749, Price: Call for price, Features:Power Door Locks Power Windows AM/FM Stereo Radio C.D. Player CD Changer Trip Stock#: ****** Visit our website now N/A Lumberton 05/15/14

Desired Settlement: Run commercials admitting and apologizing for bait and switch advertising 2005 Nissan Frontier Body: Crew Cab, Engine: 4.0 6 Cyl., Transmission: automatic, Color: white, Miles: 122749, Price: Call for price, Features:Power Door Locks Power Windows AM/FM Stereo Radio C.D. Player CD Changer Trip Stock#: ****** Visit our website now N/A Lumberton 05/15/14

Business Response: May 16, 2014

RE: 2005 Nissan Frontier 456649

To whom it may concern:
Due to an error with one of our web host, several of our vehicles that were marked as sold have not been removed from website. I have been in contact with the web host today and have been informed that there are several vehicles marked as sold that will remain on the website. They can only update once per day at midnight. I have been assured that this will be corrected by tomorrow at the latest.
As for Mr. ****** I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience he has incurred due this error. However, there was never any bait and switch intended as my salesman never attempted to sell him a different vehicle. After his second inquiry on the vehicle in question my salesman stated the he informed Mr. ****** this was an error that we were trying to correct and that if he noticed the vehicle again that it was sold and awaiting correction to the internet.
If I can be of any further assistance please feel free to contact me at ###-###-####.

**** *******

Consumer Response: (The consumer indicated he/she DID NOT accept the response from the business.)
Let me be clear: 1. I do not want anything from this complaint other than for the business to improve its practices. 2. I appreciate Mr. ********* appology.
The company's response indicates it misunderstood the complaint. This was not a vehicle that was still on the website after it was sold. This was a vehile that was posted to the website at least 3 times after it was sold and twice after I went there to check it out. As for the bait and switch , the salesman I talked to the 2nd and 3rd times did not try to sell me anything. He seemed rather embarrassed. But as you would expect from any salesman, the one I talked to first certainly offered to show me their current inventory which he touted as newer and nicer with lower miles (I.e. more expensive) than the one advertised, which would not even be one they'd keep on the lot in Lumberton.

Business Response: To whom it may concern:
In an attempt to clarify this misunderstanding I will further detail the advertising and marketing function of Cowboy Motors of Lumberton.
Cowboy Motors only posts a vehicle one time, it is posted at the time of acquisition to our website and then via third party web host will post to other marketing agencies. The vehicle will remain shown in inventory until it is marked as sold via our web host. At this point the web host will notify the other third party agencies of the sold status and then the vehicle should be removed within 24 hrs. However, as we all know with computers and humans, things do not always happen as they should.
The consumer seems to think that our office is reposting the same vehicle daily and that simply is not what is happening. We only post the vehicle one time. This vehicle was not removed from inventory as soon as it should have been. However, there was never any intent to bait and switch as we do not and have not engaged in this practice.
Example: If I post a photo to the internet with the caption "1995 Ford" this photo and caption will remain until it is removed. In opposition if I do an internet search for any 1995 ford this caption and photo will continue to appear as many times as I initiate a search but the fact is I only posted it one time.
Unfortunately what I speculate has happened was the customer entered search criteria that included this vehicle or a similar description. Our vehicle was displayed and continued to be displayed in subsequent searches because it had not been removed within the 24 hour period.
I have discussed this matter with our web host and in short was informed that perfection has been a very elusive hurdle in this industry. They did however apologized for the delay.
Again I apologize for any inconvenience to this consumer regarding this matter.


Mark Compton
Sales Manager

12/10/2013 Problems with Product/Service | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: Around 8/18/13 I received a scratch off card. If numbers match you won a big screen TV. My numbers matched for a TV. Also showed low mileage cars. We checked on cars but they all had well over 100,000 miles. They came up with a 2008 Kia Rio with 59,096 miles. Liked the car, so we bought it. We were told by the sale man, ****** **** we would receive a $100 check in the mail. Each one of us were to receive one. We never received check or TV. The check engine light came on. I was told to take it to Cowboy Motor Silsbee. I took it there. They said they cleared the codes out of the car and they never came back on. They told me if I have any more problems with car don't take it to them, they don't have anything to do with Cowboy Motors of Vidor. When I bought the car I was told everything was working and in good condition. I drove the car and steering wheel shook and vibrated a lot. Modica Brothers of Vidor changed two tires, the A/C didn't work right. It was worked on three times. Finally got it to work right. The CD player takes disks but won't play it or won't eject it. They had the car about 10 days the last time, but didn't fix it.

Desired Settlement: Do what he said he would do and fix the CD player.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/11/15) */ In reference to case #XXXXXXXX Mr. ******* bought a 2008 Kia Rio AS/IS with a 50/50 power train warranty on 8/21/13. At the time of purchase we hired an outside firm to help liquidate inventory. The flyer he received in the mail clearly stated in the disclosure that the numbers had to match the board at the dealership. Mr. *******'s numbers did not match, so he was given a $5 Walmart gift card. I have personally talked with Mr. ******* several times and none of this has ever came up. The day after the car was purchased, Mr. ******* and his wife came back to the dealership to haggle over the price of the car again. Their reasoning for haggling kept changing and they got very rude and loud while calling my employees dishonest. I realize now I would have been better off just taking the car back and parting ways. However, to show good faith we addressed the concern of the light vibration and had two new tires installed for $221.76. Once this was done, total personality change leaving while hugging several of my employees. The Kia was taken to "OUR" Silsbee location and old codes had never been cleared from previous repairs that must have been done prior to us obtaining it. We received a $96.50 check out fee from our service department for this. On 9/18/13 the car was brought in by customer with complaint that the air conditioner was turning on and off. We once again showed good faith and replaced fan blower with no cost to customer for $347.98 paid for repairs a month after purchase. At this time Mr. ******* complained to me that the CD player was not ejecting the CD. At this time I made it perfectly clear to Mr. ******* that I had spent quite a bit of money on his car and had not charged him the 50% of the money he was to pay as part of the 50/50 3 month 3,000 mile power train warranty. He understood and asked if I could at least get the CD out of the CD player, which we did. Mr. ******* came in 11/4/13 stating the AC was acting up again, we sent it back to the shop and had it repaired. I must add that we provided Mr. ******* a vehicle to drive while his car was worked on always bringing the car back dirty and empty on gas. We did call his wife and told her that the car was ready. She claimed she did not drive over a bridge on the way here so we had to wait several days to pick up the Kia. We are providing copies of the paperwork signed by Mr. ******* showing he was never promised anything, accepting the condition of the vehicle at time of purchase and the 50/50 power train warranty. I will be happy to replace the CD player if: 1. I'm reimbursed for his 50% of the service repairs not owed totaling $333.12. 2. Pay half of my cost to replace CD player through my sources for $343.75. Final Consumer Response /* (3000, 7, 2013/11/26) */ Cowboy Vidor has had the car more than we have had it. Were going to fix the CD player 3 or 4 times, has not did anything about it. It will take the disk, not play it or reject. Red service light has come on again. Final Business Response /* (4000, 9, 2013/12/10) */ In response to claim #XXXXXXXX, The vehicle was purchased 47 days prior to the filing of this complaint. We had the car for a total of 10 days while we repaired items that were not covered by the 50/50 power train warranty. As stated in our original response we never promised Mr. ******* any such repairs. Promised repairs are written on a WE OWE form signed by management. The copy we have on file clearly states nothing promised. We have sent numerous forms backing up all our statements. We have provided what we would be willing to do for Mr. ******* in our last response. Cowboy Motors of Vidor has shown good faith in fixing items not covered by the 50/50 power train warranty. We have obviously come to an in pass.

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

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Complaint: Cowboy in Vidor, TX broke a verbal agreement that was set with the manager of the location and between my fiancee and I. On October 2, 2013, my fiancee and I purchased a vehicle from Cowboy Vidor. We were given a set amount of money on our trade in, and had to pay an additional $500 to cover the full cost of our down payment. We had a verbal agreement with the manager at the location that we would write a check to be held until October 15 to cover the additional $500. We went back to the dealership on October 12 and paid the $500 in cash. Upon requesting that they give us back the check that we had wrote, we were told that it had been sent to the Silsbee location and that they would have it the following day for us to pick up. On October 13, we received a statement from our bank that was dated for the 11th stating that the check had been ran through the bank and was returned due the funds not being there. I went back to the dealership with the statement from our bank, and was told that they would make it right and wrote us a check for the $32 handling charge that we were charged by our bank. On the morning of the 17th, I signed onto our online banking to see that they had again put the check through our bank, and yet again it was returned and we were charged another $32. I then returned once again to the dealership with a print off of our bank account showing that they has sent the check in again, and that we were charge the $32 again. They are supposed to write me another check today. I have requested several times that they return the check that we had wrote them back to us, and keep being told that they do not know where the check is at. I feel that this is horrible customer service, and we will not ever purchase another vehicle from any Cowboy location. This was our first time ever dealing with this company, and it has not been a very good experience.

Desired Settlement: I am seeking that this company make our bank account right again, since it is all messed up due to them breaking our verbal agreement. I am also requesting that this company either give us back our check immediately, or pay the fee that we will be charged to do a stop payment on the check. It is not right that we have given them the full amount of money in cash, which is what we had agreed upon, and they are still trying to get more money by running our check. This has been a very embaressing experience for us, because we have never had this problem, and the employees at our bank location have been lead to think that we are trying to pass * check that there are no funds to cover.

Business Response: Initial Business Response /* (1000, 5, 2013/10/29) */ Cowboy Motors of Vidor took full responsibility of bank charges that were charged to Mrs. *******. We have a new finance manager that was not aware of company protocol on down payment owed. We have worked with the consumer from the day she was notified by her bank. We quickly refunded her NSF fee of $32 after questionable amounts she was originally claiming. Our bank will automatically run an NFS check twice if the customers bank will allow. We quickly refunded that money as well. My office even made plans to bring the license plates ad check to Mrs ******* house. We have kept in constant contact with the consumer so we are not quite sure the consumers reasoning for filing a complaint. As to the matter of the original check being returned to the customer, we do not get the original check back from our bank. The bank will give us a certified hard copy. We have told this to Mrs *******. Our bank will not longer attempt to run the check again. We have apologized and made good on our mistake. We are more than willing to have them return the purchased vehicle (providing condition and mileage) if she is not happy about doing business with Cowboy Motors of Vidor. We truly strive for ultimate customer satisfaction. Unfortunate things do happen; however, we are quick to handle resolution.

7/30/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

Additional Notes

Complaint: I entered a scratch match & win contest and won $2,500 cash. When I went to the establishment to collect my prize they claimed it was a misprint.

Desired Settlement: I want the $2,500.

Business Response: Business' Initial Response /* (1000, 9, 2013/07/23) */ July, XX XXXX Cowboy Motors of Lumberton 710 S. Main St. Lumberton, Texas XXXXX XXX-XXX-XXXX RE: BBB case number XXXXXXXX To whom it may concern, In the interest of resolving this complaint and preserving the integrity of the Cowboy name I made a visit to Mr. **** *******. I arrived at his home shortly before 5:00 pm to find Mr. ******* waiting for me at the curb. After introducing myself I was invited inside. I retrieved the prize board from my car and joined Mr. ******* inside. At this time I asked Mr. ******* to show me his sale brochure so that I might examine it and compare it to the prize board to determine if in fact he was entitled to a $2500.00 prize. After close scrutiny I determined that the confirmation numbers did not match any of the stated prizes. At this point I showed Mr. ******* the notation that plainly states, 'Does the lucky number under your scratch-off match one of the eight boxes below. If you have a match you are a guaranteed winner of one of these prizes, (however, not necessarily the one that it matched).' Then I proceeded to read Mr. ******* the disclaimer that also plainly states that, 'If the number under the scratch-off matches a lucky number on the board, please proceed to the dealership to compare your confirmation code to the prize board to determine what you have won. If your confirmation code does not match the prize board, you will receive a $10 Walmart card ($10 value) as a consolation prize.' I then asked Mr. ******* if he felt there had been a misunderstanding, he said yes he thought so, but then stated he would have liked to have received the $2500.00. I asked if he would like to call and retract the complaint and he said he wasn't going to press the issue he would just let it go. I visited with Mr. ******* just short of an hour. He shared with me some memories of his time in the navy as well as some highlights covering the last 83 years. He informed me that he had no children and only a couple of living relatives in Chicago. He let me know that he did appreciate me coming by to see him and I thanked him for the opportunity to visit with him and try to resolve this matter. After leaving and processing the interaction with Mr. ******* I felt more that he was just confused more than anything else. He was very cordial and I did appreciate the time he afforded me. Sincerely, ************ Cowboy Motors of Lumberton

4/10/2013 Problems with Product/Service
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