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Posted: 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013
By Don Griffin
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
A local man thought he got a good deal on a car that was clean inside and out, but just days after he bought it, it stopped running.The place he bought it from said there was nothing they could do.Louis Johnson said his 1999 Olds started making a noise three days after he scraped together $2,000 to buy it."When I first went to the lot it looked good. The engine looked clean," he said.Johnson said despite the car having 100,000 miles on it, it was clean inside and out without a scratch."The interior is almost beautiful," said Johnson, "So I am thinking I got a good car for a good deal."But when he went back to Davenport Motors, he said he got no help from the owners.He acknowledges he bought the car without a warranty, but said he expected more because he was a repeat customer."I had bought a car from them before and it ran decent. I trusted them," said Johnson.So Action 9 tried calling Davenport's owner and they hung up the phone on us.Johnson's mistake was buying a car based on its clean looks and not having it checked out first.Joe Drakeford is a certified mechanic and said he has seen too many people buy used cars only to have them break down."You can get caught with one of these like this, it happens every day. I see it every day," said Drakeford.Johnson is now warning anyone buying used cars from Davenport Motors or any car lot to not let their guard down."Be careful; take no one at their word. Check the car out," said Johnson.
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