This is definately the worst company that I ever came across. I finaced a car back in October 2009, and this was the finance company that the dealer picked. I did not have horrible credit, and had already recieved conformation at a Ford dealer that Ford would finance me. However, I was more worried about what car I wanted to buy, and this particular dealer had exactly what I wanted in the price range that was perfect. I had never heard of Westlakde prior to this loan, and I would definately NEVER RECOMMEND THIS COMPANY TO ANYONE, INCLUDING MY ENEMIES!!!. I had this loan for over a year, with no late payments. During that year Westlake would always call 3 t0 5 days BEFORE my payment was due, asking me if I was going to make my payment on time. WTF???? I always paid online or over the phone, and gave them no reason to wonder if the payment was going to be late. The "customer service" reps are all hispanic, rude, beligerent, and stupid. In November of 2010 I was 4 days late on my payment (I wasnt even in town) and when I got home, there was 22 messages on my answering machine, claiming to be some repo company wanting to know where my car was? It was in my driveway, where it belonged. This idiot mexican actually thought that their scare tactics worked with me. I moved to Oklahoma after I bought the car, and Mexicans arent allowed in my state. We dont have illegals here, they all get shipped back to Mexico!!! In January of 2011 my husband and I decided to pay off my loan early. I called Westlake to have them fax me a 10 day payoff letter, and they informed me that I was not entitled to receive one. NOT!!! In any state, a loan company or bank MUST provide a 10 day payoff letter as soon as one is requested, and that request only has to be verbal. THIS IS A FEDERAL BANKING LAW, and Westlake doesnt get to ignore it. After several phone calls (they kept hanging up on me) I got hold of their Title department and explained to them that I was going to file a complaint with the California Department of Justice, and amazingly enough my fax starting ringing, and I got my payoff letter. NEVER, NEVER take their word for it about how much you owe. THEY ARE REQUIRED BY LAW to put it in writing!!! I went down and wire transfered the money to them, and they stating that they would be mailing out my title in a few days. Two weeks went by, and I called the same person in Titling, and was promised that it had already been mailed out. A week later a letter from Westlake shows up (postmarked 4 days after I talked to them on the phone), and in that letter was my original contract, and a letter stating that they did not send my title because they electronically sent the information to my state DMV. So I called California Department of Motor Vehicles, and they stated that Westlake had been provided a paper title to my car, and that they were required to send it to me within 10 days of paying off the vehicle. So I called Westlake, and the rep tried to tell me that they took care of my title electronically with the State of California. I called her ###, and told her that I already called the California DMV, and that Westlake had my paper title, and better send it. She then tried to tell me that they electronically sent it to Oklahoma DMV. First of all, Oklahoma doesnt have a DMV, and second, Oklahoma is a little behind on the times, and doesnt do anything electronically. I explained it to her exactly like that, and she hung up on me. I tried calling them right back, and now cant dial their number from my house phone.
After looking at my paperwork a little more, I noticed that my original contract was stamped "THE WITHIN INSTRUMENT OR AGREEMENT IS PLEDGE AS COLLATERAL TO WELLS FARGO PREFERRED CAPITAL, INC." Now I know why I didnt get my title. So after some research online, I found the office that handles the Westlake account in Des Moines, Iowa. I explained to the banker that I had already paid off the car, and wanted my title immediately. He said he would call me back, as it was still 6:30am in California, and would not be able to get hold of Westlake so early. He did call me back that afternoon, and stated that he made some phone calls and I would receive my paper title in 7-10 days. I received my paper title 5 days later.
My advice to everyone...DONT USE THIS COMPANY!!! If it already to late, GET EVERYTHING IN WRITING!!! YOU HAVE NO WAY TO PROVE PHONE CONVERSATIONS UNLESS YOU ARE RECORDING THEM. By the way, if they state that they may be recording your phone call THEN RECORD IT ON YOUR END!!! IT'S PERFECTLY LEGAL, AS THEY HAVE ALREADY INFORMED YOU THAT IT MAY BE RECORDED.
And as far as all of you Westlake employess reading this...kiss my ###, some stupid illegal immigrant will NEVER outsmart me!!!