GA Car Mart is a RIPOFF!!!

GA Car Mart is a RIPOFF!!!

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candice

Montgomery, AL

#1 Jun 7, 2008
PURCHASED A USED CAR FROM GA CAR MART AND WAS TOLD IT HAD NEVER BEEN WRECKED AND WAS STILL UNDER FACTORY WARRANTY. CARFAX DID NOT DISCLOSE WHAT AUTOCHEK DID! "ANNOUNCED AT AUCTION AS FRAME & UNIBODY DAMAMGE"
I WAS ALSO TOLD TO WAIT UNTIL THE TITLE WAS IN MY NAME TO TAKE THE CAR TO LEXUS DEALERSHIP TO REPLACE THE WORN ROTORS THAT I REQUESTED GA CAR MART TO REPLACE. HE SAID THE REASON TO WAIT WAS BECAUSE LEXUS WOULD NOT WANT TO HONOR WARRANTY IF THEY KNEW IT WAS FROM A USED CAR LOT. COME TO FIND OUT, IT DOES NOT COVER ROTORS ANYWAY!

Since: Jun 08

Milledgeville, GA

#2 Jun 8, 2008
I purchased a car from Atlanta Used Car a.k.a ATLANTA UC located on Alpharetta Hwy. It was even worst, the car didn't have AIRBAGS in it and they sold it to me as a certified car. I am going to take them to court as they endangered my life. I later on found out this blog. Check out this link:

http://atlantauc.blogspot.com
Victor

Buford, GA

#3 Jul 7, 2008
Same here .. i purchase i frame damaged vehicle i can not refinance in anyway because no company is willing to refinance a frame damaged vehicle ...they lied about he warranty and about the car not having any accident ...
monica

Kennesaw, GA

#4 Jul 15, 2008
Are there any good reports on this seller?
Mike in Marietta

Phenix City, AL

#5 Aug 17, 2008
bought a nice lexus from atlanta u/c cars in roswell. Car looked great and had a clean carfax
report posted on window. After taking car into shop for oil change the oil change guy asked me about my car damage. I never knew there was any.... Went back to atlanta u/c and they pled ignorance. I have since run a carcheck report on
about 10 VIN's on their lot. They ALL had frame or unibody damage and were all announced as such at the auction. DO NOT BUY from these guys
greg

United States

#6 Aug 28, 2008
Almost bought a truck, I had checked carfax and was clean, then I read this blog and decided to pull autocheck and it revealed truck was announced at auction that it had unibody damage.
Car Mart Loser Advocate

San Jose, CA

#8 Sep 11, 2008
To: YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY
Duluth, GA

Come clean and admit you work for them and help rip off hard working people. Not slammin' you, but just be honest. You gotta do what you gotta do, right Bro?
YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY

Lawrenceville, GA

#9 Sep 27, 2008
Hardly I drive a delivery truck in Roswell GA for Coca Cola...want my direct line? I am just tired of reading these blogs that are bad about these guys. They hooked me up with a great car for cheap. Of course i had to negotiate a little but for the most part they are good guys. Try them yourself...i am promising you
David

Rome, GA

#10 Sep 28, 2008
I bought a car at Ga Car Mart priced below market. Carfax disclosed a wreck and airbag deployed. Dealership mechanic did not see any damage. I obtained accident report and previous owners info and got detail of accident which was a minor fender bender (lucky for me). However, if/when I try to trade-in this vehicle, the Carfax report will be used against me.
I think any potential buyer should assume that most Ga Car Mart vehicles have had some type of vehicle accident/damage reported.
I am happy with the deal and car that I got. However, it could have easily turned out badly.
Andy M

Seneca, SC

#11 Oct 8, 2008
I am in the same situation as most of you. Has anyone tried contacting the dealer and demanding their money back? If so, what was their response? Have any of you considered a class action lawsuit against them?
candice wrote:
PURCHASED A USED CAR FROM GA CAR MART AND WAS TOLD IT HAD NEVER BEEN WRECKED AND WAS STILL UNDER FACTORY WARRANTY. CARFAX DID NOT DISCLOSE WHAT AUTOCHEK DID! "ANNOUNCED AT AUCTION AS FRAME & UNIBODY DAMAMGE"
I WAS ALSO TOLD TO WAIT UNTIL THE TITLE WAS IN MY NAME TO TAKE THE CAR TO LEXUS DEALERSHIP TO REPLACE THE WORN ROTORS THAT I REQUESTED GA CAR MART TO REPLACE. HE SAID THE REASON TO WAIT WAS BECAUSE LEXUS WOULD NOT WANT TO HONOR WARRANTY IF THEY KNEW IT WAS FROM A USED CAR LOT. COME TO FIND OUT, IT DOES NOT COVER ROTORS ANYWAY!
Mark

Lawrenceville, GA

#12 Oct 8, 2008
I tried to file a class action suit against GA CAR MART. It didn't even make it to court. My lawyer told me it was pointless. Georgia law favors the dealership in these cases. The law states that they are in no way obligated to:

1) provide buyer with an autocheck or carfax
2) disclose any prior accident knowledge.

My lawyer told me that i should not be mad at the dealership, but rather i should be mad at myself for not doing adequate research on the car prior.

Through all of my research i did find out that just because autocheck says unibody/frame damage that it doesn't necessarily mean that it hurts the mechanical or cosmetics integrity of the car. It just simply means that the car has been in an accident. My car was a unibody aprons. That is basically just trim pieces on the undercarraige of the vehicle were replaced. I had Jackson Acura check out my car and they told me that i have absolutely nothing to worry about it. My car was still completely covered under warranty and everything. Through all of my findings i did realise something. That unless it is on the carfax...the salespeople at GA CAR MART probably dont even realize that some of their cars have been in accidents. I dont think they bold face lie. These guys sell allot of cars and i guess i cant complain too much...i did get a great deal. In all i dont even feel bad about it anymore. I think i just saw frame damage on the autocheck and flipped. When i did all my homework i found out that i wasnt even that big of a deal. Oh and i ran a autocheck on every car on their website at one point and only 5 out of 72 cars had been in an accident. I also saw how out of all the cars they sale (they say about 200 per month, and their website does say they are on stock # 1800 and its only October) that only a handfull of people are complaining on line is a pretty good number. I am in business for myself and if there is one thing that i have found is that you can not make every one happy. I got really pissed at them at first but now i am an educated buyer. I am not mad at them at all...i am actually kind of glad i found them cause i did get one hell of a deal
Andy M wrote:
I am in the same situation as most of you. Has anyone tried contacting the dealer and demanding their money back? If so, what was their response? Have any of you considered a class action lawsuit against them?
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Blues

Norcross, GA

#13 Oct 16, 2008
Ga car mart is a scam indeed. i bought a car from them - clean carfax, attractive price and all. Guess what- i got it checked and it had unibody apron damage repaired. Most of their cars are unibody damage. They only pick up cars with clean carfax reports but with damages, repair them and then under cut others. They are related to other dealership here like Atlanta Used cars, atlanta ultra cars, ga auto mall etc. In all i found 9 dealerships which all belong to the same family.And guess what-all are muslims(iran, pakistan etc..) which hurts even more, one side we aer fighting a war against them and on the other getting ripped by them in our own homeland...They cannot even earn their living honestly. Carfax is totally useless too- they do not even honor their buyback warranty.
Cosine

Columbia, SC

#14 Oct 24, 2008
Autocheck is a much more reliable resource than Carfax, BUT there are tons of cars out there that have damage which does not get reported on either.. You have to check for paintwork(tape lines, abrasiveness) on hood, fenders, decklid and both quarters. Look for messy welds on core supports and even clamp marks on pinch rails.

I've been running Autochecks on GA Car Mart's rides and the majority of them were announced as Unibody damaged vehicles at the auctions. These guys know they're buying unsafe cars and tanking people in them. Sad. BUYER BEWARE!! Shady!!
Bobby Auto Brokers

Lawrenceville, GA

#15 Oct 29, 2008
I highly recommend do check history of the vehicle from " Autocheck.com " and also do pre-sale inspection before you buy from any dealer. Carfax is made for dealers to persuade innocent customers. Not all accidents are reported by carfax but carfax makes a hell of a business at the expense of dealers and innocent customers. Remember not all accidents are reported in "Carfax".
Brian

Burlington, NC

#16 Nov 4, 2008
I think it's funny how all of the Lexus vehicles are missing their shift knobs on the "ultra cars" website, navigation screens are scratched and hazy, etc. C'mon, half of the vehicles look like Edward Scissorhands was the previous owner. Sounds like these guys are crooks, but, use common sense and do your homework...geez.
RobbedbyAlphaCar z

Alpharetta, GA

#17 Nov 11, 2008
Recently i bought a car from these people. The carfax report they showed is clean and i believed it. Actually this report is manipulated and when my friend ran a report for this car it was involved in an accident. These dirty people (believe they are from pakistan) have no ethics and they just rob hard earned american money. Guess what. now they are operating under different name. www.alphacarz.com www.gacarmart.com And god knows how many other sites they have... There are ohter dealers like Atlanta Ultra cars, brand1autos, atlantabestmotors georgiaautoimports.. these are all from the same family and robbing our money..**** DON'T BUY FROM THIS PEOPLE ******** DON'T BUY FROM THIS PEOPLE ******** DON'T BUY FROM THIS PEOPLE ******** DON'T BUY FROM THIS PEOPLE ******** DON'T BUY FROM THIS PEOPLE ****
Now figuring out how to get mny money back... shame on me :-(
sean

Atlanta, GA

#18 Nov 15, 2008
does anyone know much about atlanta u/c inc (atlanta ultra cars)? i am getting an accident report for a lexus is 350 they have...im hoping its ok considering the accident was in 06 and the owner kept it for 2 more years.
Name

Hollywood, FL

#19 Nov 19, 2008
Hi,
Here is some info that might help you.
If you purchased a car with the "As Is" Buyers Guide. That means you have no recourse and anything that is wrong with the car is your responsibility. However, the dealer must disclouse any existing defect or issue with the car that they are aware of. If it can be proven that the dealer had that previous knowledge of the issue and did not discloused it to you. Then, the dealer is in violation of the law. Of course you won't be able to prove that the dealer had previous knowledge of the issue. However, the state DMV can prove it. Here is how...
All the documentation of the car transaction has to be store in what is know as the "Dealer Jacket" that includes the car title, bill of sale, repairs receipts, buyers guide and more importantly to you the receipt of the purchase from the car auction that indicates there was structural damage on the car.
All dealers have a DMV compliance office assigned to them. If you report the issue to the dealers compliance officer (He/She) will investigate it.
If the dealer misplaces/hides or removes the purchase receipts from the auction when the DMV compliance officer requests them. Then, the dealer is in trouble for having incomplete documentation on the dealer jacket. The delear might get a $1,000 fine from the DMV. No dealer would try to hide papers from the DMV becuase then you are talking potential jail time. The auction receipts will show that the dealer knew about the structural damage and did not discloused it to you. Again the dealer might get a $1,000 fine for each case that they did not disclouse the information. If the compliance officer finds that the dealer does this all the time then the DMV might cancel the dealer's license.
Here is what you can do:
1. Contact the DMV of your state.
2. Ask for the phone number of your county or local DMV office.
3. Talk to your local office and ask them for the compliance officer that is assigned to the zip code where the dealer is located.
4. Talk to the compliance officer and tell him/her that you want to file a complain about the dealer and explain your case.
One thing to consider is that going this route will get the dealer a bunch of fines or get their dealer license revoked. However, it won't do much good on getting your money back. You might want to use this information to negotiate with the dealer before you proceed.
When you tell any dealer that you will send the DMV compliance officer at them you sure will get their attention.
Charlie

Columbia, SC

#20 Nov 22, 2008
I bought a ride from these guys a couple weeks ago. They really do have great deals, partly because they buy these vehicles very cheap at the auction, put literally NO money into them, and price them very low. The car I bought (2004 Acura TL) had bald tires and was a little stained up inside. I ran an autocheck report and it came back clean. This is a must, as autocheck will list any frame damage announcements made at the auction (carfax will not).

SOME, not most... I'd say maybe about 1/5th of their inventory has frame damage, but the rest of their stuff is pretty good deals. You just have to do the research on each car you might want to look at BEFORE you go, and not be persuaded to look at anything else once you get there. These guys sell a ton of cars, so be prepared to have alternatives on the off-chance that the car you want is sold by the time you get there.

The car I bought was a prior lease vehicle and was clean. I couldn't find any welds or any signs of paintwork. Two of the wheels were scuffed, and there were bald tires and minor surface scratches, but thats about it. I really pleased with the purchase.

That being said, be ready to put some money into the car as it will need some detailing, tires, and maybe new mats. These guys don't spend any money once the car arrives on the lot, and this is why the prices are so low. The deals are so good that its tough to argue about nit-picky stuff like scratches, dings, etc.. Depending on how the car is priced comparatively to other cars on autotrader, they MIGHT nego down for tires.. In my case, they did not as it was the cheapest one by far on autotrader and had very low miles. I bought tires afterward.

A lot of people bash these guys, but they are no different than any other dealer. They will sell a frame damage car just like anywhere else. Thats just the chance you take when buying a used car.. If you want piece of mind, buy a brand new car, or go to Carmax. If you want a really good deal, then do your research, inspect the vehicle, and pay accordingly. You can get a good deal from a small dealership like this IF you do your homework.

I'm pretty pleased with my experience. I'd buy from these guys again. Only after doing my research, of course.:)
ANGELINA

Carrollton, GA

#21 Dec 4, 2008
I bought a 2005 LEXUS ES 330 FROM Brand1Autos @ 3532 LAWRENCEVILLE HWY TUCKER GA 30084. They also buy cars from Florida, but their cars have clean carfax and autocheck.You guys should check them out.................

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