My husband has purchased 3 cars in the
past from Mr. Kennedy. So on our search for a 4 Runner this was the first dealership we went to, sure enough they had two beautiful white 4 Runners for our choosing! We drove the first one and didn't think we would make it back to the lot it drove so horribly, so we drove the other and it was a Limited and drove great. We decided to think about it a few days and look around. My husband travels 5 days a week so often times I have to take care of much of the household business. My husbands main concern was that we would be in a safe vehicle with our son. So he decided we should buy that 4 Runner, he felt confident they would treat us right since he had done business with Mr. Kennedy for years, so I handled the negotiating and got an acceptable deal on the Lexus we traded in, what I felt was a great deal on the 4 Runner. I picked it up on a rainy Tuesday night, I was so excitedly my supreme"negotiating skills" and couldn't wait to see my hubbies eyes when he got home. Only to see him come in side shaking his head, next came the news. He said did you see the car fax? Yes, I said, one owner from PA. He said yeah and did you see the rust? I didn't of course I picked it up when it was raining. Can you imagine the embarrassment and horror I felt when my husband looked me in the eye and told me I just threw $16 grand down the drain?
He called Connor Kennedy who is Mr. Jim Kennedy's son, and is now running the show, or at least that’s what he told me.
He told my husband to come down and they would work something out. My husband came down to the lot and Connor told my husband they could give us $12k for the 4 runner if we wanted to trade it in! Are you kidding me? So my husband came home and said forget it, we will get the rust repaired and keep it.
I then called Mr. Connor Kennedy myself, while first attempting to reach Jim Kennedy, but each time was transferred to Connor, that is when Connor informed me that He is in charge of the lot, not his father. So I re-explained the situation with him and the magnitude of the rust on the car, and he literally tried to resell me on the car, he was like, oh but it is a Limited, and it has everything that the other 4 runner didn't have... I said yeah and RUST too! He just kept on and on telling me what a great car I got! Can you imagine this? Then I asked what was he going to do about this and he said it would be a separate deal now that all the paperwork is already done, so if we want to trade for something else, the best he could do was give us $12K for the 4 runner, because of the rust problem!!!! At this point I was about to lose all of the patience I have gained from God, so I thought it best to hang up and lets just fix it like my husband said.
We then took it to a company that does sand blasting. We paid $1500 to have it sand blasted and painted with rust proof paint. When we picked it up the guys said they have never seen anything like this in their lives! Like it had been sitting in a salt pile for years. They said the brakes, rotars, wheels, shocks, springs, frame, axle, everything is completely rusted through.
They did the best they could but said we would have to put at least $5K into it to get it to run right. The 4 Runner now sits in our driveway since we don't have anymore money. We put our savings of $16,000 into this car and now we are stuck with a very expensive pile of rust and - Connor Kennedy says this isnt' their fault? He is right it is my fault for doing business with Jim Kennedy Auto Sales. I can tell you this one thing, I will make sure every living soul within a 400 mile radius knows what a scam this car lot is and they don't stand behind their word! I am sure if Mr. Jim Kennedy knew about this he would have made it right, but good luck getting in touch with him!
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