"Buyer Beware! They Sale Vehicles from up north -Rust Damage!"
Long story below if you want to read further but the gist of this is CHECK YOUR VEHICLE for RUST DAMAGE. What they do is buy vehicles from up north with extensive rust damage, clean them up then sale them down here in SC where we do not deal with this type of damage. They have a great scheme going where they buy cheap and dupe unknowing customers. There are no laws protecting you the consumer against this due to dealerships paying off all the politicians.
Mr. Bradshaw (owner) is not man enough to return my call or call me back regarding their sales practices.
Complaint Filed with theBetter Business Bureau:
I purchased a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado from Bradshaw of Greer a couple of days prior to November. Purchase price with fees was $25,750. It had 19,597 miles on it at time of sale. (it now has 22,2xx) A few weeks later after the purchase my child had a toy go up under the vehicle so I had to retrieve it. I looked up and saw evidence of bad rust damage all over rear axle. I contacted the sales person Don Abney and told him about it. He said to bring it in and have the service department check it out. Late January I was able to bring in the vehicle for an inspection. The service coordinator took pictures of the rear axle and said they would be in touch. Received a call the following day asking me to drop the vehicle off for a more thorough inspection. I dropped the vehicle off and a few days later received a call to come in. When I arrived at the service department I was removing things from the loaner vehicle fully expecting that the axle would be scraped and recoated and I would be on my way. Instead, I was walked back to the actual service area by the supervisor (Mr. Terry? Kitchens). The vehicle was up in the air so I would be able to look underneath. Mr. Kitchens and the service manager (Higgens) were present. The service manager then turned on his flashlight and started showing me much more rust damage from underneath the vehicle that had not been visible while the vehicle was on the ground. I immediately stated that there is no way I would have purchased a vehicle had I known the extent of this damage and I wanted my money back. Two days later (and today) I received a call from their sales manager (Plunkett) stating they would give me $24,000 in on a trade. This is $1,750 less than the price negotiated and paid at the time of sale (During this time I have also made $900 in monthly vehicle payments). I feel that Bradshaw of Greer has been utterly deceptive in selling vehicles that they know for a fact have rust damage and do not disclose such to the customer. I will be in contact with the Consumer Affairs division of SC, my local congressman and local news organizations to attempt to bring light to these shady sales practices. This is in no way different than how used car dealers sale vehicles with flood damage or a home owner does not disclose termite damage. This is a large multi-million dollar company that is misleading and fraudulently taking advantage of consumers. I would hope in the future they would be required to disclose such information when offering "100+inspected", "certified" vehicles for sale.
"Positive Experience "
My experience in buying a used vehicle at Bradshaw was with Don Abney. He was very accomodating and I never felt rushed or pressured. I would defintely recommend this dealership and the price was reasonable.
"They do not tell the truth in their ads"
Drive two hours to look at a truck, when I arrived, they stated the truck had a branded title, no where in the autotrader ad does it say that. Salesman said its on the Carfax, which they do not provide on autotrader something else, which you have to buy.
Had the dealership been honest and forthcoming on the vehicle in the ad, then would not have wasted my time and gas.
When I see dealerships do this, it proves not all are honest and this is one of them.