Car dealership has buyer arrested because THEY sold him the car to cheap.

Discussion in 'Community Board' started by Heidict, Oct 5, 2012.

  1. Heidict

    Heidict <font color=blue>I'm not witty enough for a tag...

    Sep 19, 2006
    This just blows my mind. The salesman screwed up so they have the buyer arrested? What the heck?:eek:

    What grounds did the cops have to arrest him? He paid for the car in full and had the signed contract. What did he steal?

    I hope he wins big on the lawsuit because there is just so much about this that is wrong.

  2. SaraJayne

    SaraJayne <font color=red>Stop moving those smilies! <img sr

    Mar 6, 2009
    Seriously? They had the guy *arrested* over $5,000? WTH is wrong with them?

    A good negotiator could have gotten the price down to that, no problem.

    At least everyone knows where NOT to buy a car in the area. :rotfl2:
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  4. CdnCarrie

    CdnCarrie DIS Veteran

    Aug 17, 2009
    That $5000 will be peanuts compared to what they will lose due to their damaged reputation.
  5. wdwmom0f3

    wdwmom0f3 Disney Bound!

    Aug 10, 2008
    You are not kidding. ::yes::
  6. Arielle22

    Arielle22 <font color=red>We have had spirits<br><font color

    Aug 6, 2000
    I worked at a car dealership for 7 years. I have seen problems when a car is sold for under cost. However we never involved police in the issue.

    As long as it was a mistake by the dealership and not a scam by the customer, we would have eaten the loss.

    However I do think his lawsuit is playing it to the hilt with emotional distress, shame, sleeplessness, loss of reputation etc.
  7. The Mystery Machine

    The Mystery Machine Sunrise at my house. :+)

    Jan 4, 2001
    Well, I can't say I blame him. If the dealership was harassing him to sign a new contract because of their negligence with the sale of the car, then shame on them.

    That is like "bait and swtich" sort if you think about it.

    Maybe the guy would have passed on the car if he knew it was 39,000.

    They both agreed to the price at the time of the sale, you can't go backwards and cry foul.
  8. My2Pixies

    My2Pixies Disney Dreamin'

    Oct 27, 2009
    That place is right down the street from me. I know where I won't be purchasing a car in the future!
  9. indimom

    indimom Are We There Yet?

    Jul 18, 2008
    I think 2.2 mil is going way to far; but honestly, I think I would be highly emotionally distressed over something like this. Being drug into jail, accused of being a thief (and the fear that some people may believe these accusations even if the charges were dropped). These would be a really big deal for me. And would be more than enough to stress me out, possibly for a long time.

    I think they owe him more than a "big apology." They knew darn well that he didn't cheat them. It was their mistake. It looks to me like they were trying to threaten and intimidate him into paying up after their mistake. That behavior seems almost criminal to me.
  10. Tuffcookie

    Tuffcookie Enjoys an early hour of peace. Is a smart cookie.

    Jan 8, 2000
    Normally, I would agree with you but in this case, I think he's justified and he probably did suffer all of those things!

    TC :cool1:
  11. StephMK

    StephMK DIS Veteran

    Mar 22, 2004
    That is ridiculous and you know people had to get fired for that! I don't blame the guy for filing a suit though the amount seems unrealistic. If it went really as the story shows, those employees were way out of line.

    I thought the story was going to be he got it for $3,000 instead of $33,000 or some typo like that. I don't understand what the police even arrested him for - did they ask the dealership why he was accused of theft before they arrested him?
  12. jrmasm

    jrmasm Last time I checked, it was still

    May 20, 2000
    If they harrassed him for weeks and had him falsely arrested for a mistake they made, I don't think it's too far at all.

    What happened to the car?
  13. Andtototoo

    Andtototoo DIS Veteran

    Nov 23, 2010
    Yeah, I'd like to know why the cops arrested him. "Boo hoo, we sold a product for less than it was worth and now we want you to arrest the guy who got a good deal off of our stupidity. Boo hoo..." If that's the way it works, can I call the cops to retroactively arrest the guy who bought my first car for far less than it was worth when I was young and stupid?
  14. FireDancer

    FireDancer DIS Veteran

    Apr 3, 2008
    The dealership was completely but I think going for millions of dollars in a lawsuit is also wrong. People should sue for actual damages not perceived emotional damage. Whatever actual damages the person sustained should be covered and possibly even doubled or trebled because of the circumstances and police involvement but I doubt personally even trebling the actual damages reaches 2.2 millions.

    Another perfect example of why we need tort reform in this county in my opinion.

    The police were also way out of line. What ever happened to doing an investigation and determining if the accusation is valid before making an arrest? Morons.
  15. Laugh O. Grams

    Laugh O. Grams <a href="" targ

    Dec 14, 2004
    Honestly, what are the chances that this case ever sees the inside of a courtroom? This bad boy's got "out of court settlement" written all over it.
  16. newt2

    newt2 Mouseketeer

    Dec 7, 2009
    When it comes the amount of the suit, you always aim for the sky. Doesn't mean he'll get it though.

    Most people don't remember that the coffee lady at McDonald's only ended up getting a fraction of what her suit was for, they only remember the 1 million initially in the news.
  17. EMAW_KSU

    EMAW_KSU DIS Veteran

    Oct 26, 2010
    Me either.

    What evidence did the police have to arrest him?
  18. rigs32

    rigs32 DIS Veteran

    Dec 3, 2001
    She only asked for her medical expenses. The JURY chose to award her McDs profits for two days of coffee sales
  19. newt2

    newt2 Mouseketeer

    Dec 7, 2009
    Yes and those awards were later drastically reduced. IIRC she only ended up with about 10 grand.
  20. kamik86

    kamik86 DIS Veteran

    Apr 28, 2010
    Now if this said that an error gave him the car for 3000 instead of 30,000 ok. No reasonable person would think the car should be that cheap.

    But the guy had no reason to think at the time he signed the contract that the price was wrong I think this is all justified. There was no customer scam here. Just employees that didn't bother checking the price when doing a trade.
  21. Janepod

    Janepod <font color=royalblue>The new dinning plan is out.

    Sep 21, 2010
    I absolutely side with the plaintiff here, but what's with the cops in all this? They seriously came and arrested him? Seems like the commanding officer should have laughed it off or at least investigated the plaintiff's side of the story more closely. Ridiculous. I'd be filing a complaint against the police (not suing, just registering my displeasure.)

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