My wife and I went to Austin's Affordable Auto to buy a cheap car. During the negotiation of the purchase of a vehicle, the agreed upon price was $1000. The windshield was marked $995. I offered $500 down and in-house financing. They agreed to the offer. They requested the down payment, so I gave them my debit card. The debited $515.00. The extra $15 was for their 3% fees. I have no problem with that. They then brought the papers to me. I saw they had my address incorrect, and they had changed the agreed upon price to $2000. I did not agree with this. They then offered several counter offers, every time wanting me to pay more than $1000 for the car, and added extra fees. I then requested my $515.00 to be refunded. They said the guy who knows how to do that was helping another customer. So I waited for 45 minutes. I then asked them to refund it immediately. They refused and said I would need to wait 3 days for a check. I instructed them the simple steps to refund my money. They again refused. I got upset and insisted firmly they refund my money. They then told me, "You are 86ed from this property. You are now trespassing. Leave now. We have called the police." They did not call the police. I did. They told the officer they did not know how to refund the money, and promised the money would be refunded Monday, July 19, 2010. We got the officer's name, and left the area.
UPDATE: As of July 20, 2010, Austin's has still refused to refund our money, or give us copies of the paperwork. We have filed a fraud suit against them with my bank.
So, as a friendly suggestion, do everything you can to avoid this place like the plague. They have done similar things to many people, and every time, they refuse to do what is right, or even what is legal. How this place stays in business is beyond my understanding. I am going to do my best to cure that.
January 03, 2011
This is the first blog of the year. And, as you may already know, the end of last year was exciting, and filled with joyous events. We will start with December 14. I was awakened by my lovely wife at about 4 a.m. when she said, "I'm bleeding." I said, "ok, let's get to the doctor. You are a week overdue, so I am sure it's time." And with that, we were on our way to the hospital. At about 4:30, we arrived.
We were in triaje for about an hour when the nurses said we would most likely be sent home to labor at home. At 6 a.m., we were on our way home. I called my work and told them my leave starts today. We had an appointment at the clinic for 9:30 that morning anyhow. We got to the clinic at 9 a.m., and Liz was in labor. They told us to just go to the hospital and make sure they keep us. At 10:30, Liz was given a morphine shot to help with the severe contractions she was having. At 9, she was dialated to 2. At 10:30, still 2. At 11, her water broke and we were admitted into the hospital room. At 1 p.m., she was dialated to 8, and that is where she stayed until 10 p.m. when we were taken into the O.R. for the C-section.
At 10:52 p.m., our little bundle of joy was born. Gregory is our wonderful little monkey man. He can even spread his toes like a monkey. All this on my birthday. What a present.
Add this to the fact that our anniversary is in December, as well as Liz's birthday, Christmas, and New Years, all I can say is yeehaw. What an expensive month.
Driving truck and having 2 young children keeps me busy. From time to time, I get a chance to update my websites. I add advertisements to the pages. Some day, I will make money from the advertisements. In the meantime, enjoy the posts I put on here.