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Hallum Motors, Inc. - Marion, AR / 4 lessons I learned

1 United States

Advertised 'plenty of Factory Warranty left', but this warranty had expired 6 months ago = false statement

Hallum Motors Inc., Marion, AR is an EBay Power Seller with 318 feedbacks, 99.7 % positive. Hallum Motors listed a Mercedes SL 500 on EBay in Sept. 2006. The seller explicitly referred to his 99.7 % positive feedback score.

I bought the Mercedes via ‘buy it now’, paid and picked up the car 2 days later.

The car appears to be OK, except for 1 issue, which I unfortunately found out AFTER leaving positive feedback:

The advertised Factory Warranty (advertised as ‘plenty of Factory Warranty left’) had expired 6 months ago.

This Factory Warranty was a major factor in buying THIS car and not another one.

Each and every attempt of mine to get either a 3rd party warranty paid by the seller or a discount from the seller failed. Emails and calls remained fruitless. Hallum Motors made a false statement in their listing and did not provide any compensation. Needless to say that I’m absolutely displeased with this company.

Lesson learned:

1. Do not unconditionally trust an EBay seller – not even with a 100% positive feedback score.

2. Wait at least 2 weeks before leaving feedback

3. I’ll never ever again buy a used car on EBay

4. I’ll never again buy anything on EBay exceeding $500 – period.

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