Thieving Bastard Used Car Salesmen!

There are two types of car thieves, the first is the scumbag who breaks in and drives away with your prized possession, the other is a lowlife parasitic creature who is otherwise known as a used car salesman!

The thing that really sucks about the used car salesman is that they try and convince you that they are looking out for your best interest and even if you can catch the bastards out, they are unlikely to get arrested for ripping you off!

Greedy Used Car Dealers!

Greedy Used Car Dealers!

So what happens when you get a used car salesman trying to sell car security? That is exactly what one of my customers faced last week when they purchased a second hand Ford Escape from one of the large used car dealers here in Wellington. With the sale clinched the car dealer was obviously looking to make himself some easy cash as he wanted $900.00 to install a Meridian alarm.

$900.00 for what I consider to be one of the worst car alarms ever made. What a con! Fortunately the customer considered the price to be a tad high and decided to shop around. They then contacted me and found that I could supply and install a better quality alarm for almost half the price. Needless to say I got the job!

The con

The car in question had previously had an alarm installed, in fact everything was present apart from the main alarm module which had been removed and the immobiliser points temporarily bridged so that the car would run!

Just a coincidence?

Probably not, the alarm was a Meridian and I know of very few installers that will touch them as they are not exactly know for being of good quality. In fact the only location in Wellington that I am aware of the sells Meridian alarms is this particular car dealer, who by the look of things would have been selling this vehicle for the second time.

Any benefit of the doubt vanished when I had a look at the installation. I only know of one installer inept enough to do such pathetic installations and guess what? He installs the alarms for this particular car yard.

Better still, he had left his trade mark on the job. He had screwed the siren bracket through the VIN plate!

Look what you could get for $900.00

SIREN DRILLED THROUGH VIN PLATE!

SIREN DRILLED THROUGH VIN PLATE!

Summary

The Car dealer felt it would be a good scam to pretend that the car didn’t have an alarm, this way he could make an extra $900.00 for selling an item which the vehicle already had! Because the customer turned down the alarm offer he then let the car leave the yard with a couple of spade terminals bridging the immobiliser points which were left hanging above the brake pedal!

Reasons not to purchase an alarm from a used car dealer

OK I’d like to make it clear that I’m not saying all used car dealers are out to rip you off, some will genuinely want to offer a full range of products to help clinch the sale. Whilst I have no issues with them trying to make an “honest living” I would hardly qualify them as experts in the vehicle security field.

My advice for what it is worth is to find a decent installer with a good reputation, don’t ever trust a salesman when he says the alarm will be installed by a NZSA registered installer, check on the website first and ask to see the installers ID badge. Remember having an alarm installed by a none registered NZSA installer could invalidate your insurance claim should your car get stolen!

Don’t get ripped off by a smooth talking salesman!

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8 Responses to Thieving Bastard Used Car Salesmen!

  1. jim says:

    lowlife parasitic creature you call car salesman are family people with moral and social responsibilities,some of us are even regular church goers.When a person makes such broad expansive strokes about groups of people that he bases it on one person he meets then that makes him a boof head of the highest order.I challenge you to give me your business location and invite me over to discuss what i am you %$#@wit

  2. Julian says:

    Hi Jim,

    I’d like to draw your attention to the following paragraph.

    OK I’d like to make it clear that I’m not saying all used car dealers are out to rip you off, some will genuinely want to offer a full range of products to help clinch the sale. Whilst I have no issues with them trying to make an “honest living” I would hardly qualify them as experts in the vehicle security field.

    Does this make it clear that I’m not tarring all used car salesmen with the same brush? In fact I regularly deal with car salesmen and I have a great deal of respect for their professionalism.

    On the other hand I stand by the blog as I have encountered several car salesmen who are simply looking to line their pockets before considering of any moral standards.

    NOTE: I choose not to deal with these individuals as I prefer to do business with people I respect. Further to this I have had numerous customers who have given me feedback that supports my view.

    The point of the blog is to offer advice to readers to help them make an informed decision about vehicle security.

    Regards,
    Julian

    P.S. May I be cheeky enough to ask how you found my Blog and what it was you were searching for?

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  4. jim says:

    I was looking for holiday pay for commision salesman;as i have 12 of them, and are unsure what their standing is as they are on different packages.My point i wish to offer in regards alarms is that what would we know so we rely on installers who do it at the clients place of work and deal direct-no commissions.I think that dealer was bad news but they need to be named not categorised so then we can make progress with people who are obvious con men.I don,t think a blog can be effective,these people need exposing.

  5. Julian says:

    Hi Jim,

    I agree with your point that the con men should be exposed. The problem with naming individuals puts me at risk as it could potentially get ugly with lawyers involved etc. There are some big companies out there with far more financial clout then myself!

    There is enough information in the post for the local public to read between the lines and understand who I am referring to. In fact I had two customers comment on this very post yesterday. One of which came right out and asked if it was this particular car yard!

    Given this I would have to say that the Blog is being effective.

    Please accept my apologies if the post caused offence to you, it is clear from your comments that you are a decent bloke at that you take pride in what you do.

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  7. Wolfie says:

    For certain individuals in automobile profession i guess this website / blog are less favoured when consumer like me are educated and enlighten with vast insider tips. I truly believe that essential knowledge to make a wise and informed decision are needed more than ever now, when trust and honesty in ‘all’ profession are depleting. For that i am grateful this site exist. I shop for passionate and enthusiatic service provider, minus the ripped off part. Thank you again.

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