Platinum Motor Cars / Terrible company
The proprietor, Josh Robinson and I exchanged emails and phone calls in which he confirmed that the selling price of a Mercedes Benz c280 would be $7, 000. I was further advised that the taxes and dealer charges would push to complete price to $7500. I was resident in CT at the time and was unaware that sales tax would have been payable in CT, though making the purchase in FL. After some of my FL friends viewed the vehicle and advised purchase, I mailed a certified check to Robinson for $7500 whereupon he promptly claimed it the entire amount as the selling price, claiming that this is what we agreed upon, and indicating that I would be required to pay the taxes in CT. AMAZINGLY, when I complained to the relevant section of the Florida DMV and they took the case (after several calls and remailing of all the documents which they LOST), they concluded that they had no way of proving that the copies of the e-mails I submitted that Robinson sent me, confirming the $7k price, were sent from Robinson. Evidently nobody in that office was computer-savvy. I eventually had to pay up another $400+ in taxes at the CT DMV, since I was unwilling to claim that I paid less for the vehicle than I did, as Robinson suggested I did, so as to recoup the $500 he stole from me.
Additionally, the ebay ad, promoting the sale of the Mercedes said 'everything works' and advised that the vehicle was in one accident. However, when the car was delivered, many of the electronic gadgets didn't work, including the stereo. Robinson lied to them that there was a minor disconnection which he would have sorted out when one of them came to take delivery of the car. It never happened. I had to replace the amplifier and the radio, and until now, the speaker cones are all rotted. I had to replace the sub-frame of the car because, according to my mechanic, the car was involved in TWO accidents and until now, it is not in proper alignment, and never can be.
I bought a piece of JUNK from this shyster. The statute of limitations have probably passed by now (the purchase was made in February 2005), but I thought it responsible to file this complaint to add to the awareness that my experience with this Josh Robinson was completely a crooked, dishonest, and rape-wearied one. I long to hear of his arrest and imprisonment.
I still drive this car, only in summer, since it dances all over the roads in snow at 10 MPH and over. Nobody will buy it, and I will not sell it without declaring its defects; it WILL kill the unsuspecting driver. I have spent as much on it to repair as I paid to buy it. I have a $14, 000 piece of JUNK, and Robinson knew it before he palmed it off to me.