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Chevrolet 21, Inc.

Phone: (610) 838-2200 View Additional Phone Numbers 1100 Hellertown Rd # 1124, Bethlehem, PA 18015


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  • Response to 12 complaint(s) filed against business.
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Customer Complaints Summary Read complaint details

12 complaints closed with BBB in last 3 years | 3 closed in last 12 months
Complaint Type Total Closed Complaints
Advertising/Sales Issues 6
Billing/Collection Issues 0
Delivery Issues 0
Guarantee/Warranty Issues 1
Problems with Product/Service 5
Total Closed Complaints 12

Additional Information

BBB file opened: May 14, 1992 Business started: 01/01/1998 in PA Business started locally: 01/01/1998 Business incorporated: 07/13/1998 in PA
Type of Entity


Business Management
Mr. Jerold Horst, President Mrs. Mary Hannah, Controller
Contact Information
Customer Contact: Mrs. Mary Hannah, Controller
Principal: Mr. Jerold Horst, President
Business Category

Auto Dealers - New Cars Auto Dealers - Used Cars Auto Repair & Service

Alternate Business Names
Chevy 21

Additional Locations


    1100 Hellertown Rd # 1124

    Bethlehem, PA 18015

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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (610) 625-3480(Phone)
  • (610) 838-4937 (Fax)
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Complaint Detail(s)

5/9/2014 Problems with Product/Service
3/11/2014 Problems with Product/Service
1/28/2014 Advertising/Sales Issues
4/30/2013 Advertising/Sales Issues | Read Complaint Details

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Complaint: I had a terrible experience with this dealer. Chevy 21 advertized a 2010 Suburban with 42,000 miles on it but the price was NOT listed on their web site. It said ("Please call") So I called and got a ******* on the phone who seemed very sweet and helpful. She told me they were having a BIG "Inventory reduction sale" ( like the girl at reception said ) So I gave her the stock number and description of the Chevy Suburban LTZ I was interested in and asked her what the price was. She said " I think it's in the mid 30's " My response was " "you Think?" I asked her to go to her used car manager and tell him I was looking to be in the $24-26 thousand dollar range and to see if he could get close to that mark because they are having a " BIG INVENTORY REDUCTION" sale. ( I told her it didn't hurt to ask ) I was put on hold for some time and when she came back I was told by ******* " ya he said he could do that for you" .... A little taken back, ....I responded " do what... $24 thousand?" She said yes. I quizzed her again on the truck,.... the make ....the year..... the model .....the stock number .....and made sure we were BOTH on the same page. She confirmed. ... I hung up and spoke to my husband who was already skeptical and he asked me to call back. We again spoke to ******* about the same year make and model and the offer price of $24,000 and she confirmed again! She asked me to fill out an on line application off their web site, and so I did, and then she asked me to send via E-mail, my bank statements and tax returns that would be needed for finance approval. I alerted ******* that we are self employed and do not have stellar credit, ... I expressed my concern to her about approval. She told me that her finance person works miracles and that he's " confident" he can help us. So I sent EVRYTHING personal I could think of to her and confirmed that she received it. I told her I would be there the next morning. Meanwhile back at the ranch ( home ) My husband and I were up ALL NIGHT with my son who was battling a stomach virus and fever and my husband was up at 3:30am for a trip ( work ) so when we arrived the next morning on Friday the 15th we were both working on about 2 hours of sleep. I arranged a babysitter to be home with my sick children ( instead of mom ) just to buy this truck! Needless to say we went out of our way to show up for a test drive. We walked in and meet with *****, ... I asked for *******, ... there was no ******* to be found. ***** said ******* was tied up with something and he would help us. ( ok fine,... to his desk we went ) He had us fill out again more paperwork giving us permission to run credit, and spoke highly about the dealerships no nonsense privacy policy and sales practices. ( all which made us very comfortable ) After this we were taken to the lot to test drive the truck I was interested in. It didn't turn over. ( no start ) so while ***** ran back to the service department to get a jumper, my husband and I had a moment to look carefully around the truck. We found much was wrong with the Suburban. We found the front bumper cracked and badly damaged. ( needed to be completely replaced ) the rear bumper was chipped pretty badly ( more than just your average touch up job ) there was a NAIL in the front passenger side tire, .... the rotors looks like they had not been replaced and need it, ... and the doors were a little chipped up along the edges. I know it's not a brand new truck, ... but honestly,... I believed the $24000 talk based on the condition of the truck. When ***** got back to us in the lot ( it was freezing out ) I asked him to open the hood and found an oil leak, and upon checking the oil stick it was noted that the truck was about a quart low on oil. ***** made little comment on the condition of the truck and seemed a bit smug about my observations, ( not really concerned about my interests ) Once finally jumped and started, a light came on the front dash that read " service ride control " ( this meant the rear air compressor wasn't working ) We took it for a test drive and felt that the vehicle was a good buy for the money discussed and that we would need to sink about $2000 worth of work into it, in order to make it perfect. The $24,000 discussion I had with ******* was believable at this point after seeing everything that was wrong with the truck. I figured that the dealership had a small lot, and they were having a sale to make room for inventory and maybe the dealership was interested in selling the truck AS IS rather than putting out money to fix it. So we got back inside, and when ***** came back with an offer, it was $46,000!!!! We were very VERY surprised and upset and explained to ***** the discussion we had in length with *******. We asked to see ******* and told ***** to please get her for us. Instead, ...*** the manager came over and told us " sorry a mistake was made, I couldn't possibly sell that truck to you for $24000. Can I interest you in a Traverse instead??? He clearly tried to steer us into another car! We told him that was NOT the car we came to purchase and we were NOT interested in any other vehicle other then the Suburban we discussed with ******* on the phone. They ruined their credibility with me. It was a classic BAIT and switch scheme and I was fooled into giving away my personal information, and letting them run my credit for a deal they had no intention of honoring. The Suburban was in terrible condition and I wouldn't have thought that it was worth even $30,000 given what was wrong with it. SHOCKED and amazed that a Chevy dealer in the ****** ****** would pull this kind of joke! This was more like something I would have expected out of a small joe-blow used car lot in *** **** **** someplace. Wrong practice! I was highly disappointed and felt a fool, ....they wasted our time, and disappointed us. We always believed in buying locally and that doing so was not only good for our local economy, but a safe way to do business. What fools we turned out to be! I expressed displeasure with the manager. The owner was not available. I am sure that after this complaint, they will tell me the vehicle has since been sold. It's clear that if a dealership cannot properly train the staff to answer questions honestly, then how can you expect that dealer to sell a reliable vehicle. I was expecting that something other than a cheap apology would have been done for such a blunder, unfortunately they gave little attention to the mistake or my concern. ***** *****

Desired Settlement: I would like to have the dealer offer the vehicle to me for the $24,000 discussed on 3-15-2013 with *******. We will take the Suburban ( stock number ***** ) VIN# ***************** AS IS once test driven again and looked at by my mechanic.

Business Response:

This is to verity that I am in receipt of ***** *****'s concern and have forwarded it to the approriate manager and will respond when I have all of the details.

Thank you!

**** ******


Business Response:

Reference ID ******* - ***** *****

In response to the complaint filed by ***** ***** referring to a 2010 Chevrolet LTZ Suburban.

We, CHEVY 21, just installed a BDC (Business Development Center). With the increasing internet business it was necessary to add this department to our dealership staff.  The BDC employees are still in training. We request our BDC representatives do not include price in their conversation but only inventory, equipment and availability. 

**** ***** spoke with BDC rep, *******,  and also emailed her regarding financing of a vehicle and was hoping for a miracle.  **** ***** offered  a dollar amount for the 2010 Suburban to ******* who is not authorized to approve an offer and ******* made an appointment for **** ***** to come to the dealership to discuss and negotiate a deal on the SUV.  We did not accept a deposit over the phone to hold the Suburban at any price.  We sent the application to the bank or banks and did receive a conditioned approval for $24,000.00 however this was not sufficient to purchase the Suburban so we offered her a Chevrolet Traverse.  The offer of the Traverse was not a "switch" vehicle but a vehicle for an amount that the bank was willing to lend to the *****s with the conditioned approval.

I was really hoping **** ***** withdrew her complaint since she again contacted our dealership on March 23rd to ask if there was anymore we could do for her.

If I can be of further assistance please contact me at ************.


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

Sales Manager



Consumer Response: [To assist us in bringing this matter to a close, you must give us a reason why you are rejecting the response. If no reason is received your complaint will be closed Administratively Resolved]

 Complaint: *******

I am rejecting this response because: 

If your staff was still in training then why was there no supervision. I asked ******* for a sales manager over the phone when we discussed the price of the truck. I asked to speak to a manager but was told that he was occupied with another customer. Then I was put on hold and told she was confident they could honor that price. ( as if she stopped to ask the manager about the offer ) and then came back and said this was alright. Again!  ..... ... no miracle was expected, I only expected to come into the dealership to purchase a truck for and agreed amount. Upon inspecting the truck It became a believable price due to the condition. Broken bumper, chips, the truck didn't want to start and needed to be jumped, nails in the tires and an oil leak!  ... so given all that was wrong with the truck when it was shown to me, I thought that the $25,000 offered was appropriate AS IS and that they were having a BIG sale.  Honestly if the dealer expected to get FULL PRICE then the truck should have NEVER been shown to ANYONE unitl the repairs were done!

I didn't appriciate the offer of the Traverse as it was clearly not the vehicle I was interested in and I felt like I was being usurer into something cheaper.

As for my credit and the banks, for the $25,000 I was hoping to spend, I was approved and purchased another Suburban that was in much better condition. I hope that in the future the dealership can more appropriately supervise their call center staff to avoid such immature mistakes over the phone with another hopeful client. They wasted my time and disappointed me but I guess it doesn't matter now.


***** *****

BBB's Final Determination: After reviewing the position of all parties, BBB determined that the business made a reasonable effort to address the complaint. However the consumer remains dissatisfied.

11/5/2012 Problems with Product/Service
10/4/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
8/14/2012 Guarantee/Warranty Issues
6/5/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
3/8/2012 Advertising/Sales Issues
11/4/2011 Problems with Product/Service
8/8/2011 Problems with Product/Service
8/2/2011 Advertising/Sales Issues