1 Stars - My mother bought a 2006 Ford Taurus from them about a year ago. Less then a week later we had to take it back for repairs. Busted motor mount, parking brake would not hold and the outer CV Axle was bad. The older man said there was nothing wrong with the car and no work will be done. After proving the parts in question were bad and there was no way the car would pass inspection, he agreed to fix it. The inside and body of the car are great, but its a nightmare! About 2 months in, the transmission pan started leaking, $150 for that repair. Next, the rear wheel bearings went up, another $280 for those. Then the driver's side axle went bad, $180 for that repair. Next were the inner and outer tie rod ends, the driver's side was so bad, it was about two threads from loosing a wheel! That repair ran me $300 plus an alignment. And lastly, the transmission went up. And that will run $1400. And as you can guess, that car is now parked in my backyard. And now my Mother is paying for a car she can no longer drive. When we bought the car, it only had 86K miles on it. All these problems occurred in less then 6K miles. If I were you, I would stay far away from this place. The cars may look good, but underneath the fresh coat of wax, is a proverbial nightmare!
The thing that bothered me the most is that all the cars were inspected at the same place, Midas on Richie Hwy. I sell auto parts for a living and know a lot of shops, and after talking with many ASE technicians at reputable service stations that are also state inspection stations, that car should have never been on the lot in the mechanical condition it was in.
I know about buying used cars. And what your buying obviously isn't NEW, but USED. They might have minor, small mechanical issues that aren't serious. And won't affect the drivability of the vehicle in an unsafe manor. I've had nothing but used cars my whole life. And like to think I know what to look for when buying a used vehicle. But the system of state issued inspections is in place for a reason. To protect consumers against the problems I occurred.
The biggest issue that disturbed me was the outer and inner tie rod ends. Please let me explain why this bothered me so much. The tie rod ends control the movement of the tires. When you turn the wheel, these are the components the move the wheel. If one of these parts is to break, or come loose, you would loose steering. And a wheel. So you could now imagine why this upset me so. Now, during a state inspection, they check these components for both wear and damage. And there supposed to replaced, if need be, and then re-inspected accordingly. This just leads me to wonder why or how they missed this? Some thing that is so important to safety.
With the above being said, would you buy from a place like this?
Now, I know what many of you are already thinking. "It's not the lot, it's the inspection station." Yes, this may be true. In fact, I agree. But I elaborate, if the required inspection was done and all the systems that are required by the state checked accordingly. Why did something like this blatant disregard to safety overlooked?
In conclusion to this rant by an angry consumer, what would make you think that any other of the vehicles on this lot safe? If you would like to make the dive, more power to you. But in all due honesty I would never refer anybody to this lot.