I'm trying to help right a wrong.
At the very least, I'm hoping the vast internet RV family will help express my outrage.
On March 26th, David Koertge, a registered user on www.fiberglassrv.com
quickly responded to the following ad listed on auto-rv.com:
1982 16' SCAMP
located at PATS CAMPER
As you may or may not know, used tiny molded fiberglass rigs are hard to find, so David was excited about his "find."
"I called and made a deposit with credit card." David said. "I was going to pick up saturday morning but the dealer called and said too bad he sold it to someone the next day."
I called the dealership to verify David's story, and talked with his Pat's Camper salesman, Eric, about the soured deal.
The salesman verified that David had, in fact, put a $500 credit card deposit on the trailer ... but that someone had come in the later who was willing to pay "in-full" for the rig.
"We refunded his deposit to his credit card the next day," said Eric, the Pat's Camper salesman.
Eric explained that the dealership's policy was that a deposit was not enough to "hold" an RV if someone else was ready and willing to pay in full.
I told Eric that I thought that since "money had changed hands," that David would have a legally binding contract, from a legal standpoint.
"We had nothing in writing," the salesman said.
I sincerely believe that we should let the fine folks at Pat's Camper know exactly what we think about their shoddy business practice ... by either email or calling their 1-800 number.
Here is the email form:
Here is the dealership's 800 number: 1-800-842-4074 and its toll number: 937-236-4074
Here is a link to the Dayton, Oh Better Business Bureau: