WOMEN BEWARE!! SCAM ARTISTS!!
When you read this review, with facts, you will see why AutoNation Chevrolet Timonium not only takes advantage of women, they prey upon those who have no experience buying a car.
The facts follow the narrative below. You’ll agree that I am not simply writing for a customer with second thoughts or buyer’s remorse. You will see that if you’re a woman, you should avoid them completely.
Would AutoNation treat a man with knowledge of Kelly Blue Book (KBB) values the same way they treat a young, inexperienced female used car buyer? I’m not saying that AutoNation practices gender discrimination; I’ll let you answer that for yourself. I doubt they would try to make a man with knowledge of car values into a victim of dishonest and unscrupulous business practices.
Specifically, when a young woman goes to AutoNation to buy a used car, the sales staff will sell her a vehicle that is valued far, far less than listed by KBB, and with problems that might have broken Maryland inspection laws related to minimum brake requirements.
AutoNation saw a young woman come into the dealership and with that, saw dollar signs, as they did everything they could to treat her as a victim instead of a customer.
Last week, my 18-year-old daughter exhibited "individualism" and bought her first car by herself. She was so proud when she later showed it off to me.
I shared in her joy to appease her, while knowing that she was the victim of a scam.
I did NOT tell her how she was ripped off by nearly $1,900. That is A LOT of money for a young lady saving her money from a waitress job to attend college.
Here’s the story:
“Jane” went to AutoNation, was directed to a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer with 122,000 miles. The truck has a driver’s seat that is ripped, torn and damaged that I was not able to sit on it myself. I am not exaggerating.
Which tells someone that with 122,000, the 17-year-old truck was used for city driving, but the driving had to be abusive given the level of damage.
Second, the passenger door panel is falling off and cannot be used. In order for a passenger to close the door, you must put the window down and pull the door closed by holding it from outside.
The brakes? We are getting new front brakes this week, only 5 days after she bought it. How did it pass inspection??
I’m certain the test drive was done with the windows closed, the A/C on and the radio on. Otherwise she would have heard the brakes squeal loudly or the grinding of the transmission.
HERE IS THE REAL RIP-OFF:
KBB lists a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer with 4-wheel drive in “good” condition at $3,277.
They scammed an 18-year-old inexperienced car buying by getting her to pay $4,700 for the truck.
A difference of more than $1,400 from KBB value!
They “stole” more than $1,400 from a young woman by using dishonest business practices. I am giving them the benefit of the doubt by saying it is in good condition, even though it isn’t.
This truck was in “fair” condition at best, with a value closer to $1,800.
Which means they might have ripped her off for nearly $1,900.
They didn’t even offer to put in a seat – not even a used one. It is a Chevy dealership...they should have easy access at little cost.
They didn’t offer to fix the door. They didn’t need to replace it, they could have simply fixed it. But they didn’t even do that.
The brakes? The front brakes will be replaced this week. How could they have passed inspection?
There are other problems that one finds with any used vehicle, and this one has its fair share, which comes with buying a used vehicle.
Yes, she should have used better judgment by seeking my advice. But AutoNation should not be in the business of ripping off inexperienced car buyers.
A contract is a contract. She bought the truck and now owns it.
But if this review saves even one person from going to AutoNation to buy a used vehicle, then the time spent writing this review was worth it.