San Francisco, CA
On 5-29-2010 We took our direct mail circular to the dealership. We had a key that would enable us to take a chance to win a 2010 Challenger.
We met with Paula. Told her we were there for the contest. She instructed us we needed to fill out a form before we could try the key. This form asked for Social Security numbers. Told her that we did not feel comfortable in giving our social security numbers. She told us that they had to have that for income tax purposes of all winners. We complied against our better wishes.
Then we were asked to sign at bottom of paper. This gave the dealership permission to run our credit report. Told Paula again that we did not want that and we were there for the contest. Again she stated she had to have this for income tax purposes. We complied for fear of being made to leave and having a scene caused in front of other people.
After that we were allowed to turn the key in the box for a chance to win the 2010 challenger. We did not win.
Then we were told that I had great credit and I could get a good deal on trading my vehicle in for another. At this point we knew things had not gone the way we wanted but decided to see what kind of deal we could get.
After about 3 hours we made a deal on a 2007 Wrangler. I signed many papers in the office of Jason Kirkes. A phone rang. Jason took the call and told me it was Wells Fargo and they wanted to verify some information. Upon speaking with Wells Fargo Rep I found out that the dealership had given the wrong Social Security number to them.
Long Story Short we were hustled out of the dealership with the words that they needed to speak with Tinker Credit Union on Monday or Tuesday to see about getting a better rate.
As of today no follow up calls from the dealership but I have gotten other calls where my number was gotten from the dealership.
While we were there at the dealership we spoke with numerous other people who had came down for a chance to win the car and everyone of them were put through the same process as we were.
They may have been offering prizes however the cost to get a chance to win was not spelled out on the flyer we recieved and I also kept my copy of it even though Paula tried to get me to throw it away at the dealership.
Definetly a case of Bait and Switch along with False Advertising or not putting the specifics into the flyer. Everyone that took a chance to win the car was forced to submit their social security numbers and have a credit report run.