W & R Transport Towing
Added on March 23, 2016, by Reviewer1072433
Review: I responded to a CL ad for a silver, 1999 Toyota Forerunner. I texted the seller, **** ******, owner of W & R Transport Towing, 505 Mollison Avenue, ** *****, CA / P.O. Box 600382, S.D., CA 92160. I met ****** at Starbucks on Sat., June 27th at 11:00 a.m. ****** brought his son along. I paid ****** $4,600 cash for the Forerunner. ****** failed to provide a smog certificate, or registration. He stated, You have everything you need. Trust me. The money is going to a church. Skeptical about the transaction I drafted an agreement stating: nothing is wrong with the engine/transmission for 30 days or I would get a full refund. We both signed it. When I asked why there were no oil stickers on the windshield documenting oil changes over the years. Mr. ****** stated, Because I always changed the oil myself. With so much on my mind I didnt realize until later that he was lying because he was in fact flipping the car. ****** gave me 3 Vehicle/Vessel Transfer Forms. The 1st lists Car Donating is Easy as seller, Steves Auto Sales 2141 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104, as buyer. The 2nd lists Steves Auto Sales as seller, ********** ******, Calle Sabinos No. 5, Delegacion Itacalco, Mexico D.F. 08900 as buyer. The 3rd lists ********** ****** as seller, me as the buyer. *******s signature on the Vehicle Transfer Form appears different than the signature on the agreement but I was led to believe both were his. When I asked how he acquired the vehicle he stated he owns a towing company and goes to auctions, tows cars, sells them, and that the money goes to the church. As I drove the vehicle back from ** ***** to Mission Beach it shook badly. I immediately went to Discount Tires to have the tires rotated but this didnt help. As I sat waiting I googled the name on the Certificate of Title, found a phone number and called her. The woman was upset that she donated the car to KPBS and somehow it was sold to me for WAY more than the donation and its worth. The first thing she said was, Is it running? She stated that it has major engine issues and thats why she donated it. ****** told me it was donated because she, the previous owner, was old. The woman said her mechanic had been working on the car since she got it in 1999 and that it has an unrepaired blown head gasket. She said her mechanic put sealer in as a temporary fix and valued the vehicle at $1,000. She said it has other problems and that those problems were disclosed. I brought the car to her mechanic. He confirmed the problem(s) and told me Id been scammed. He said the engine has been superficially cleaned since hed last seen it but no repairs have been made. I immediately shared this information with ******. I told him I need to return the car for a full refund as agreed. The car was shaking badly. I didnt think it would make it to ** *****. I asked if ****** could tow it since he has a towing company. He said he would in a text message but later reneged on the phone. I decided to have my mechanic look at it Monday. It was Saturday and he was closed. On Monday my mechanic told me the same thing the other mechanic said, Youve been scammed. I asked ****** to meet me at the same Starbucks. I drove the car to ** ***** from Mission Beach. It shook badly. I planned to return the car and take Uber home. ****** failed to show. Instead, he sent his alleged cousin and son in his place. These individuals demanded I hand over the keys because they wanted to take it for a test drive. They demanded that I rip up our agreement. They informed me theyd charge me for the time I had the car. I said Id be happy to hand over the keys and rip up our agreement if they first return my money. I disagreed with fees for use of the malfunctioning vehicle. They refused to return my money. Bullying and condescending they flashed an envelope containing a small amount of cash. I asked if we could count the money. They refused. I got the impression that if I would have ripped up our agreement and handed over the keys I would have incurred an even greater loss than I already had. I was convinced they didnt intend to return my money. The cousin got very angry and entered his vehicle with *******s son. I told him again that Id be happy to rip up our agreement and give him the keys if he could ensure me that he wasnt going to drive away with my cash and that the full $4,600 was in the envelope. They refused to return my money, or count it in front of me. They took off and I was stuck with the malfunctioning vehicle. I have sent ****** many texts over the past 7 days to which he rarely responds. When he does respond his texts contradict what he states over the phone. He texts that he will meet me to give me a refund then reneges over the phone. I have estimates on repairs ranging from: $1,500 (short-term basic repairs) to $5,000 (actual repairs needed for it to be dependable). I have been told: it has a blown head gasket, bad radiator, leaks in the cooling system, fluid leaks in engine/transmission/differential, exhaust system damage/leaks/corrosion, sludge on inside of oil filler cap, coolant is discolored and brownish, oil residue under engine area. I had a coolant system pressure test. They discovered that pressure will not hold suggesting an internal leak. Front lower engine skid plate missing. Exhaust manifold has crack, etc. I have this in writing. Mr. ****** lied in his CL ad by misrepresenting the vehicle as IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. He lied about the mileage stating 167,000 in ad while the Vehicle Transfer form reads: 168,402 while the actual odometer read: 168,498. In conclusion, I understand that the sale of this car was illegal. CA requires sellers to provide a smog certificate. ****** never produced a smog certificate and reassured me I didnt need one. Secondly, ****** signed an agreement which clearly states, There is nothing wrong with the engine/transmission for 30 days and in the event this is untrue my $4,600 cash payment will be returned in full.Desired Settlement: I would like to exchange the car for a full refund of my $4,600 in cash. I don't feel safe interacting with Mr. ****** and his "associates" so, if at all possible I would like the police present at the exchange, or to have the exchange handled through the Revdex.com if that's possible.
This letter is in response to your 7/14/15 letter to Mr. ******. My client disputes Ms. ******'s claim. My client does not sells vehicles, he is in the transport business. We do not know who sold the vehicle to her, and do not know why she thinks Mr. ****** sold to her. Tell you client to stop posting negative statements about Mr. ****** on Craiglist and Google, otherwise he will proceed in suing her for defamation. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with this request. If you should have any questions about this matter, please contact my office, Very truly yours,****** *** *******Attorney at Law