SOLD A VEHICLE THAT STILL HAD A LIEN ON IT AT DMV, PUT DEALER PLATES ON MY VEHICLE, ATTORNEY GENERAL GETTING INVOLVED & I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO THE MEDIA. On September 12, 2016 I went to Poulin Automotive Sales located at 1795 Shelburne Rd, South Burlington, VT 05403 and met with Lea Macomber, the Salesperson who had contacted me via telephone. I test drove a 2011 Jeep Compass with Ms. Macomber that was blue, 5 speed, and had a little over 90,000 miles on it. I immediately enjoyed the Jeep and expressed an interest in purchasing it. Ms. Macomber put a Dealer Plate on the Jeep and informed me that I could take the Jeep for the day and go do some errands while they secured the financing that I would need to obtain the vehicle. Ms. Macomber also informed me that I could take the Jeep home for the night and return the following day to finish the paperwork. I was extremely appreciative that the Dealer let me take the vehicle so that I could go to the bank and take care of the errands that I needed to complete. As a matter of fact, when I returned to the Dealership; the following day, September 13, 2016 I brought Ms. Macomber two huge potted plants and a “Thank You” card as a kind gesture and this is also a manner in which I show my appreciation for individuals when I feel that they are being kind to me. I signed the remainder of the paperwork that was presented to me by Ms. Macomber and I was on my way. One week later, I received a phone call from my finance company, Credit Acceptance PO Box 513 Southfield, Michigan 48031; who confirmed all of my information, stated I would receive my payment book in the mail, & gave me my account number of 84364361 (See attached copies of Car Payment Booklet & Payments made). I received the Car Payment booklet from Credit Acceptance at my residence shortly thereafter. Approximately two weeks later, my daughter, Megan who was a college student at Plymouth State University informed me that she was receiving disturbing messages on her Facebook account from Ms. Macomber. Megan explained to me that she felt very threatened by Ms. Macomber because she stated that she did not sound right and was not able to accurately express the reasons why she was contacting her. I informed Megan that perhaps she was contacting her because I had mentioned that there was a possibility that sometime before Christmas she too would be interested in purchasing a vehicle. Megan immediatly informed me that she did not think that was the case as Ms. Macomber mentioned coming to her school to “pay her a visit.” As a parent, I did not like the sound of what I was hearing and instructed Megan to block her telephone number.
Shortly thereafter, my Mother received a call from Ms. Macomber claiming that “I HAD STOLEN THE VEHICLE FROM THE DEALERSHIP” and that I was in big trouble. I explained to my mother that it appears that this woman has alot of problems and I showed her the paperwork that I had in my possession. One document was titled a “WE OWE” contract. Since I was not trading in a vehicle and I had made sufficient payment, it was typed in the middle of the paper that “All obligations have been fulfilled at this time.” Another paper that I had was the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles Temporary Registration and the other document that I remember was the paper with the Finance Company, Credit Acceptance Corporation, however; there was a large discrepency that I noticed between the amount paid on this contract. I apologize in advance for not remembering exactly, however; these Documents were in my vehicle in a folder when my vehicle was taken by the Dealer without my knowledge.
I had phoned my finance company in regard to making a payment and the representative informed me that I could set up recurring payments from my bank account which would cost no additional fee. This is what I decided to do and therefore, my first payment, the October 2016 Payment was sent to the finance company from my bank account.
On November 08, 2016 I drove back to my apartment to take care of a few things and I also wanted to cast my vote for the President of the United States. Upon retreiving my mail, I became concerned when my new registration and plates did not arrive so I contacted the Department of Motor Vehicles via telephone. I was informed that they never received any paperwork regarding my purchase of the vehicle and that my Jeep had a title which was ATTACHED TO A LIEN HELD BY THE PREVIOUS OWNER. The individual on the phone informed me that would have to be resolved before I could purchase the Jeep so I began to suspect that something abnormal was going on. I also received a letter from the finance company stating that they were cancelling my agreement at the request of the dealer and that I should make further payments to Poulin. Now, I knew something very bizarre was taking place and I needed to get to the bottom of it.
Upon learning of this information from the DMV, I went online and put the VIN number in the Computer on several different cites. I paid nearly $30.00 for one report from CarFax which detailed information for a 2011 JEEP CHEROKEE/PATRIOT with several different options that my car did not have. There was also a discrepancy with the mileage. I have no idea if this is even the correct VIN for the car. The car listed was Pearl Black and my Jeep Compass was blue. Please do not go to this dealership to purchase a car because these practices are not legal.