Buyer Beware. We bought a pre-owned car from Springfield Imports, LLC. It was a As-Is purchase and we are well aware of what that means. When we test drove it I mentioned a funny smell in the car and the salesman said that it had been recently cleaned and the cleaning chemicals were probably what we were smelling. It did smell like chemicals, and so we believed him and thought it just needed to be aired. Also my husband had noticed a bunch of wires in the engine had the casing stripped away as though they'd been chewed on by rodents. He commented on it looking like that, and was told by the salesmen not to worry. That the
frayed wires were caused by a testing probe, we believed this also. However after owning it two days the chemical smell went away and an awful smell was left behind. A combination sour/garbage smell that actually clung to your clothes if you drove it. It was Bad! We called them to give them a chance to repair the situation. When we took it back they said they couldn't really smell anything but to "make us happy" they would have a man they know with an ozone generator treat the car and we would go from there. We got the call that it was ready and we could come there and smell it and see what we thought. We did, and we could tell it had been treated, but unfortunately the smell was only lessened not gone, and we could tell it the minute we opened the
doors, but the same saleman said he couldn't smell it. So, we asked what could be done about it because the smell was so bad we couldn't drive it. We had only had it a few days, had driven it less than 10 miles, and hadn't even picked up the title from them yet. We were told all they could do was treat it as a trade in on another car there, but, not at the same value we had paid just days before. Or, find out what their bank valued the car at, and buy it back at that price, which by the way, was about half of what we had paid just a few days before. After we drove it back home we did a thorough visual search even taking out the cabin air filter and looking closely at everything in the interior. We found rodent droppings in the air filter and underneath the spare tire in the trunk. On the back seat some of the padding had been chewed and was exposed and falling out. I am posting this so that others won't have the bad experience we had at this dealership. They obviously knew what was wrong with this vehicle, a rodent infestation. The only conclusion we can come to is they tried covering the smell of what was probably exterminator spray and the chewed wires in the engine. The only fix they offered was a trade-in so we could spend more money at a dealership that had been dishonest with us in the first place, or a refund of about half of what we had
paid. There are a lot of dealerships in Springfield, there's no reason you should have to go through the problems we have.
This customer had a NEGATIVE experience with this business.
This customer WOULD NOT recommend the business to a friend, family member, neighbor or colleague.
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