My spouse and I bought a car from superior auto wholesalers about a week ago. Everything seemed like it was running just fine, the outside and inside of the car looked clean and immaculate.
I guess they know how to pull the wool over your eyes. For one, the battery was dead and needed to be jumped. No one advised us of this until all of the paperwork had been signed and our downpayment of $1500 was taken. They pulled the car out for us as well - were thinking this was very generous.
But really this was all an attempt to conceal the parking light that was out. Also, the hood would not pop as the latch to open it had been broken. They obviously knew this if the car needed a jump.. but no one thought itd be a good idea to let us know should we ever need to jump it again we'd need to pull the hood cord with a pair of plyers to get it to open!
We tried to ignore the minor issues as I've stated before the car appears to be in great condition for as old as it is. But just when we thought we were in the clear, the car suddenly stops. Before it completely shut off, the radio went out. Then it came back on but only in one speaker, then back off again.
The car also made a sudden jolt and i knew something was not right. The battery volts went down to about 8.0 for a 12.0 volt battery! Upon taking the battery out and taking it to autozone for inspection and testing, they advised us the battery went down to about a 2.0 volts which is why it would no longer start. Per an autozone rep, a cell in the battery was bad and kept dying which ultimately kept draining our battery out.
Needless to say we had to purchase a new battery 3 days after having a $4500 car that we are financing. The worst part about it is at the signing table they assured us they had a mechanic on site who maintains of all their cars in great condition. I guess he doesnt know how to check or battery or they didnt think we needed to know the battery would have to be replaced. Good thing we had the finances to come out of pocket in such short notice...but i wouldnt recommend anyone to purchase a car from Superior Auto Wholesalers unless you are prepared to spend additional monies fixing undisclosed problems.
I know here in Jersey as is means you have to accept the car " as is ", however when no one tells you what issues there are you dont have a fair chance! If we wouldve known 3 days after purchasing a car that is not exactly cheap, we would have to dish out another 100 dollars to fix an existing problem we may have opted to buy a different car which in the end would have resulted in more revenue for the company. Or even just to have the knowledge and be prepared wouldve been better than your just purchased car suddenly turning off while you're in route! Unfortunatly they were not as honest/open to disclose issues as i would have expected, but we love our car and will continue to finance.
However some consumers may not be this accepting.. Hopefully one day they will look out for their consumers instead of just trying to get rid of cars on their lot!