Horrible Horrible Horrible!
I seen a vehicle online that I was interested in purchasing. I'm in Colorado and I called Perillo Lincoln Mercury in Chicago to inquire about this vehicle that I wanted so bad. I spoke to ANTHONY DESTEFANO. He was very friendly of course and told me that it wouldn't be an issue to get the car to me, they would cover the costs associated with the transport ($600). I asked him "has the vehicle had any repairs done?" he said "Yes it's had a cylinder head replaced as well as a seal that goes to the fuel injection component." At first, to me, since the vehicle was still under warranty, it seemed fine. It wasn't something I was bothered by. He asked me for 500 dollars to hold the vehicle.I asked him "if I'm not interested in purchasing the vehicle for whatever reason between now and signing the paperwork, do I get the deposit back?" He said "yes!" Since I wasn't signing anything formally authorizing the transaction, I felt okay about that; plus them keeping my money would be considered unjust enrichment. I went ahead and gave him my card number and he ran my card for the 500 dollars. I asked him if he could include some special wheels and tires that I was interested in at or a little above his cost? He said "I'll have to check because sometimes wheel manufacturers dont sell us that sort of thing at a wholesale cost." He called me back and said "I can't cant get them at wholesale but I can make sure they're sent to you mounted and balanced so all you have to do when you get the car is have them put on and you're set to go! I'll include them in the price of your car." I wanted to see if I can just order them myself to make sure I know what I'm getting and see if by chance they do sell to dealers at wholesale cost, because I have several friends that work for dealers. I call the wheel manufacturer in Seattle, WA and a member from the management told me "We pulled up the order for Perillo on the tires and wheels that you wanted" Turns out: Anthony thought it would be cool to sell me the wheels and tires at retail when he was getting them at wholesale after all! If I knew he wasn't willing to cut me a deal, then I would have not be interested in moving forward with the wheels purchase. He lied! ALSO! He was charging me 40 dollars ABOVE retail for the tires. The mounting and balancing wasn't even necessary but because Anthony had ordered them that way, it was going to cost me an additional 300 BUCKS! He was trying to soak me for almost a grand extra, total!
It gets worse! I basically catch him in his own sorry lie. A lie that he didn't work hard to even construct. Annoyed, I called him and basically told him "I'm getting these wheels and tires at a better deal by buying them from the company direct, which is odd! I'm not interested in your ordering them for me, thanks anyway" Embarrassed he didn't even bother to come up with some other excuse as to why he was trying to rip me off. He just said "Ok, i'll cut you a check for the difference."
So before the transport was scheduled I get the paperwork (sales contract) and hmmm... interesting. I was told that there had been some repairs to the car but it was never mentioned that the car had A BRANDED TITLE-LEMON! It wasn't until I was suppose to sign on the dotted line that I found out that this car had a lemon title! Anthony had me set up for financing through CHASE. I called Chase and they said THEY DO NOT FINANCE LEMON VEHICLES! A manager local to me explained that once the title information got to the bank that they would most definitely decline the loan and I would already be driving the car! Perillo then would have to find me another bank to go through and no matter what, I could not return the car because the purchase was done. (Do you see the kind of headache Anthony was creating for me? Thank goodness mama didn't raise no fool!)
Wait for it... there's more!
So I told Anthony through text message that I was no longer interested in purchasing the vehicle. He, for whatever reason replied, "If you don't want to do the deal, I need the paperwork back." Paperwork that had my social security number on them. Interesting... I voided all the paperwork and did not return documents with social security number. I returned everything else. They never returned my $500 and I haven't heard from them since.
SHADY SHADY SHADY!