My Review Of Honda of Kenosha:
Called from out of state to express interest in a used vehicle on their lot. Very friendly reception, eventually talked to Cory. Cory indicated that they were anxious to move the vehicle and we negotiated the price. After we reached agreement I indicated that I would be paying by cash. When I called back, multiple times, I received no response. Finally, after much persistence, I was able to talk to Cory and told him that I wanted to purchase the vehicle. Next thing I know they wanted to run my credit report. I stated I was not using credit and was not interested in having my credit run unnecessarily because by doing do it would be considered a "hard check" and be a negative on my credit report for a year.
They refused to sell me the car stating it was "the law" and required under the Patriot Act. They told me they needed to make sure I was not on a terrorist list. Really? First, I am no terrorist and second; read this from Edmonds.com : "A Maryland couple arrived at their local Subaru dealership with their own financing, only to be told that they still needed to fill out a form required by the government because of the Patriot Act. When they hesitated, the salesman said regulations meant to identify money laundering by possible xxxxxxxxxx required that all customers fill out the form. However, the couple later learned that the finance manager used the information to run their credit report without their permission. That check could have lowered their credit score.
There are numerous reports on the Internet from consumers who say dealers invoked the Patriot Act to gain access to their credit report. For instance, in this discussion on Yelp.com, it's clear that there is a lot of confusion and concern about this practice. Industry experts, including attorneys from both the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) and the National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA), say that the Patriot Act does not require dealers to run a credit report on customers who pay cash."
When an auto dealer lies to you and has poor customer relations, run, don't walk, out the door. Honda of Kenosha just wanted to try to convert me into a credit situation because it means more money for them (and less for me).There are many other places to do business and Honda of Kenosha is not a place that I would ever buy a car.
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