Man's RM300K Secondhand BMW Keeps Breaking Down & Now He Has To Take Taxi Every Day
A Singaporean man expressed his frustrations on Facebook after his recently purchased secondhand BMW car kept breaking down
The man, Tan Yong Chang, said that he took out a large bank loan to pay for the BMW, which was also his first car, but it is now sitting idle in the car park of his house, reported AsiaOne.
Recognizing that his new purchase made driving dangerous, Tan decided to take a taxi to work every day, but he was not pleased.
"Having to pay for a car and not being able to use it, it's just like burning money," the man told AsiaOne.
Tan said that in August, he paid a SGD500 (RM1,623) deposit to Evolution Motors Pte Ltd for a used BMW E60 5 Series 523i, but he started noticing some problems with it in the same month
He found defects in the vehicle's shock absorbers, engines, windows, and door locks.
The 27-year-old said that he brought up the issues to Farhan Abdul Azis, the dealership's owner, and that he was promised that the problems would be fixed before the vehicle was handed over to him.
Tan then took out a bank loan to pay for the SGD112,580 (RM365,434) car in early September, as he believed in Farhan's promise.
However, when Tan picked up the car on 29 September, he said that he was not even given a working car key
"I had to change the key case and duplicate one more," Tan explained, adding that the problems had not been repaired as promised and that the automobile had not been washed at all.
After approaching the owner about the problems that were still not fixed, Farhan blamed the delays on COVID-19, manpower, and supplier issues.
Tan said that he trusted Farhan as a business owner, but the car dealer ended up disappointing him and he described Farhan as "worse than a salesman."
Despite the car's horrible condition, Tan continued to drive it to work, but the car kept shaking whenever he stepped on the gas.
The situation forced him to book taxis for deliveries and go to meetings, incurring additional expenses of up to SGD80 (RM259) every day.
"I went to the mechanic on Sunday [4 December], and I was shocked by how serious the defects were," the man said, adding that he is thankful to be alive after driving it several times.
Tan lodged a police report against the business owner on 19 November, but he said that he is still unsure of what to do next
He was not given an invoice for his purchase, and he is unsure whether he can claim compensation for the repairs he had to pay out of his own pocket.
"I'm pretty much pissed off. If they can't fix the car, they should say so and not give excuses. To date, I'm scared of repairing it on my own," said Tan.
"I bought a car to save time, but it ended up being unsafe to drive. The inconvenience is a big hassle."
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