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Review of Gwinnett Place Nissan-Duluth, GA. This took about 50+ hours to experience, I ask for 5-15m of your time. This is a long read.

I reached out to Paul Miller at Gwinnett Place Nissan on Oct 24th, about the following car (VIN: JN1AR54F89M251511) they listed: http://www.nagtroc.o...-ga-dealership/ I told Paul I was in NY and had a 2011 370z as a trade.

On the 24th, after speaking to Paul Miller at Gwinnett Place Nissan on the phone, I had requested:

1) Detailed photos, engine shots, interior.
2) Maintenance schedule for GTR owner.
3) # of prior GTR owner / customer.
4) Details of maintenance / options.

I then responded with:
Excellent. Can you take some of engine, close up of wheels and brakes and up close of front bumper.
Paul Miller of Gwinnett Place Nissan did not answer my requests - instead he responded with a list of GTR owners I could call to ask questions about the car, including the previous owner. (Only after over a week, while other issues listed below were occurring, did he finally respond with closer images - however if you compare them with the photos I took when I arrived you will see that they were very deceptive and did not show any detail of the damages)

You'll notice Paul Miller of Gwinnett Place Nissan avoided sending me any high quality CLOSE-UP images of the car. You can see from the those pictures the car looks mint. Not a single chip, ding or scratch. This is completely false, misleading and downright fraudulent.

From Paul Miller of Gwinnett Place Nissan:




Pictures taken by me on Nov 7th:

















On Oct 24 I requested the 18k service be done ahead of time, "so it's all good to go when I arrive":
One more thing - I'd like you guys to perform the 18k service so it's all good to go when I arrive.
Which he responded:

I'll work on it and make this purchase happen. And if i cant work it out, hopefully we can help with finding you the right GTR.
Paul and I continued to work on the numbers (between Oct 24th and 27th) and because I'm out of state and on my last purchases got hit with taxes (private sale and a dealer sale) I was really unsure of how taxes would be processed. After about 5 conversations with Paul and Alex I finally understood how it all would work. On the phone I had asked Paul, point-blank,

"So the price of the car is really 63,xxx since all taxes are included"
Paul's response: "Yes" **(a fraudulent statement made by Paul)*
Me: "Oh, that's a good deal then, yeah great"

Before running the final numbers and submitting them to Nissan (I was financing as well) I had asked Paul for the current grand total, because they said they needed to add in an Extended Warranty because of my limited credit history, the banks are more inclined to lend money when they know you can afford maintenance on the car, and you won't default. I said, OK, makes sense, but can you please give me a final number so I know what we're at; the warranty was quoted to me in the 4,500 $ realm. Paul said he wasn't sure, but we should run the numbers and when they come back we can go over them, I said OK.

I got the numbers on Oct 27 and a line-item existed for the taxes Paul and I had talked about. Also, in between, I had got some quotes for my car. Paul had offered 29,500 and I felt 32k was more fair. I responded back w/the following changes:
  • Remove the taxes, Paul said they were included in the cost
  • Remove the dealer fee and title charge
  • Give me more money for the trade
Alex responded back (The General Sales Manager)

Hi Ben

Paul Miller brought to my attention the content of your email recently sent. I would like to apologize for not going over the figures more clearly. I was told that the figures were all agreed upon otherwise I would not have your loan application submitted. The figures you wanted were very different from what we discussed a few days ago. If you decide not to purchase the GTR it is okay, but if you decide to still proceed and get the GTR, either way please let us know.

Best regards

Alex Hoang
General Sales Manager
Gwinnett Place Nissan
The above letter written by Alex Hoang was unprofessional on many levels. Final igures were not yet discussed and certainly not agreed upon. As a customer, I did not even know what the final figures were as both Alex and Paul were being very deceptive instead of being clear. In fact, final is the wrong term. Paul and I had spoken about numbers, but nothing final. We were all in the negotiation phase. More importantly, how does Alex Hoang (a General Sales Manager) submit a loan application without my consent on "figures" that had not been discussed or agreed upon. This is inexcusable.

In all honesty, I fell for the tactics and decided to continue despite seeing red flags and being told many lies. These lies were told meant for me to believe, I tried to give these salesmen my trust and believe what they were telling me. Gwinnett Place Nissan's customers should not have to feel any mistrust. Any customer at any dealer should be able to trust what a salesmen is telling them about the condition of a car - especially in a very delicate situation like this - being 15 hours away to purchase a used sports/super car. A GTR, the pinnacle of Nissans engineering, which should include the highest quality buying experience, IMO.

Trying to move forward, I asked the following to be completed to close the deal:

1) Engine pictures
2) Close up pictures of rock chips in the front bumper
3) Details on the extended warranty / maintenance plans (Fine print, costs, etc).
4) Copy of the GTR service schedule
5) Final itemized figures
6) I would ask that you meet me 1/2 way on the trade in, 31K. It is a sport model w/oil cooler installed. I'm not removing that item.
7) I would ask to remove the $599 and $18 charges.
8) Clarity on registration. I will have to register the car here (I will have a form from you that states I've already paid NY taxes),
but I will have to get it inspected in NY and pay inspection fees. Please clarify I will not get taxed again anywhere in any process after
taking delivery of the car from you.
9) The exact end date of the factory 3 year bumper to bumper warranty.
10) Service records (Paul stated he has or can get access to them)
11) The remaining process that will happen when I get to you in (Any fees, costs, paper work, processes, etc).
I never got tire images, but was told it had all new tires.
Here's a picture taken by me on Nov 7th of the rears:




The remaining items were worked out throughout the day. At this point Paul Miller of Gwinnett Place Nissan is pushing I put down a deposit. Paul responded this in an email I have about the deposit:

-The deposit is refundable (We want your business over all things, we wouldnt keep your money).
The above quote from Paul confirms that all verbal and written communication with Paul of Gwinnett Place Nissan was very informal and unprofessional. He gave no details to a refund policy.

The Sales Manager Alex, later contradicted Paul's statement and stated that is NOT true. The deposit is only refundable IF my car has an issue that I didn't disclose or the GTR has an undisclosed issue, otherwise it is not refundable.

Next, I spoke to the previous owner, he said he had non-OEM fluids in the car. I asked Paul to fix this:

I realize the previous owner has completed the 18k service, but I'm not sure if OEM fluids where used or not.

Can I have you guys perform the 18k service properly as recommended in the service guidelines.

I don't want to take a delivery of a car that has the wrong fluids and could potentially lead to nissan not honoring a warranty claim.
Paul responded:

The car went through our multi point safety inspection- at that time we performed complete four wheel alignment, and oil change that was the only things needed at the time. Ben let us scheadule a time for you to take delivery of your GTR and finalize with a deposit. The car is in prestine condition and ready for you to take delivery.
Paul clearly avoided my request and avoided my concern. Again, the tactic of catching my emotions was used ("schedule a time for you to take delivery of your GTR" when I was clearly asking for detailed information and a serious request concerning the state of the vehicle. I am led to believe, again, that the care is in "pristine condition" and ready for me to take - which was a fraudulent statement.

There was some back and forth and finally Alex stepped in on the 29th:

I'm doing all I can to get you in this gorgeous GTR. I got with my service director and he can perform the 18K service, you are correct it is expensive, @ $1,800. I do not have much room with this deal because I am heavy on your trade. The very best deal for the both of us is, $66,500 for the GTR and $30,000 for your trade with me performing the 18Kservice to ease your mind. Let me or Paul know if this is good to go, if not I do understand and will try to earn your business in the future.
On the 30th Paul texted me:

Sorry Ben, unless u respond in the next 20 minutes we will go ahead with the next bidder.
Extremely unprofessional IMO.

I called and Paul said unless I came down today another person was taking the car. I said, "no-way, can't come until next week and I'll have to walk away from the deal".
We parted and he said he'd keep me in mind for a future GTR.

I got a call at around ~5PM that night, saying the other buyer couldn't get credit/financing arranged and was backing out. He gave me needless details about the other buyer, which is extremely unprofessional as well as makes me question the validity of the statement. But again, at the time, I believed it. I was told I had to put a down on the car, but I could have it and pick it up next week. He said, "a young doctor with great income, but no credit history, so he can't get financing".

I put down my deposit on Nov 1st. Oct 4th the car went into service according to Paul and was "finishing up soon" @ 1:00PM on Oct 5th. I arranged to drive down on Sunday, Nov 6th, pickup the car 9AM on Monday Nov 7th and drive home.

Sunday Nov 6th, I drove ~15 hours from NY to GA. I got a call from Paul at about 10AM Monday Nov 7th telling me to wait until noon, which was not acceptable considering my commute and I had put my deposit on Nov 1st giving them ONE WEEK to get the car ready.

At noon, I got another call from Paul telling me that Alex was not in yet and they had to finish detailing the car, and I should wait another hour before coming to the dealership. From a professional stand point, this was extremely inconsiderate and unprofessional. However, I was eager and staying at a hotel up the street so I decided to drive on over and wait at the dealership.

I arrive at the dealer and Paul get's my name wrong, calls me Martin. Unacceptable. We go outside to look at the GTR (which was NOT being detailed, another fraudulent statement) and the condition of the car was alarming. This car has been abused. It looks like NOTHING in the picture - As you can see from the pictures I took, and the pictures Paul sent, it looks like two different cars.

The entire front of the car is pitted up. It looks worse than my 90k mile audi, and this GTR has 17k miles, "pristine", "beautiful", "never been launched or raced or modded" (I asked Paul this - I think it's the most generic question you can ask, "Has this GTR been launched - can you pull the flicker data"). Paul had fraudulently told me for weeks that it hadn't. However, speaking to the President (who I later spoke with) he informed me, "This car was **driven** and you should have been told that". He even went on to say, "it was probably raced" and that he felt one of the prior owners had tuned the ECU and this was what was causing the issues/CELs. Again, not fact, since he's not a tech, but his thoughts to me.

As I'm looking at the car I'm noticing a ton of wear, nicks, scratches, etc that I was never told about. I have pictures of many of them. I also noticed the rear tires only had a few thousand miles left on them whereas Paul had told me all tires were new. There are even some gashes on the car. Something that should have been disclosed.

Paul tells me to get in and start the car, he has a surprise for me. Probably the most unprofessional statement made by Paul yet. I start the car and it's throwing a CEL. He says, it's OK because I'm "going to get the honor to meet the owner of Forged because we are going to flatbed the GTR there to get fixed."

Now I can't even test drive the car because it's throwing a CEL and we have to drive 50 miles each way w/the car flat bedded to get it fixed. I was starting to get really confused that this was even happening. I went inside and my wife and I were trying to understand the issue.

Paul basically said, "The techs flashed the ECU w/a 2010's software, not a 2009. We don't have the 2009 so we have to go to Forged to get it." I really didn't understand this at all. Apparently they got on the phone and figured out (maybe someone emailed them the ROM/Flash file, I don't know), but they fixed it, however another issue evolved and the car was now throwing a transmission related CEL. Paul said no worries the GTR techs at Nissan are on the phone right now with their head tech fixing it.

Paul immediately says, "lets start the paperwork." I'm literally in a daze and as I'm walking to my car to get the paperwork, I stopped and talked to my wife. We both finally understood the severity of the entire situation. I was very angry and demanded clarity and received non whatsoever.

My wife and I left the dealer, but I turned back and decided I was going to at least speak to the whomever is in charge of the facility. I sat down with Lee Crumpton the President and explained the pictures and the difference from the actual car. I explained how I was told the tires were new. I explained how Paul said the car was never raced or launched but it clearly was. I explained how I was never even called or told about these issues until I actually got to the dealer to test drive and it's throwing a CEL. How did they think this was going to end, when I drove 800+ miles to pickup a pristine, never launched GTR and it's throwing a CEL and cannot even legally be sold to me (NYS will not allow inspection of a vehicle that is throwing a CEL).

Even more so outrageous, all morning I was told different excuses to delay me coming to the dealer. I explained this is NO way to treat someone, for a 6,700 car or a 67,000. At this point Lee was understanding and wanted to go back and see what the deal was. Apparently he only found out about this deal that morning. As cordial as Lee was, this was appalling.

Lee left his office to investigate the issue with the car, returned shortly , and explained the CEL that was now being thrown, they cannot fix and will need to order part(s) from Nissan and this could take 1-2 days and there is no way he could even sell the car at this point - and no way I'd even buy it. I left and drove 15 hours to get home.

To recap:
  • Was lied to about taxes from Paul Miller
  • Was lied to about refundable deposit Paul Miller, told truth by Alex Hoang
  • Was lied to about quality of car, background of car by Paul Miller
  • Sent *selective* and VERY deceiving pictures of car - Even after I asked for specifics (like close-up of rock-chip damage) by Paul Miller
  • Was lied to about tire condition by Paul Miller
  • They were asking 67500 (66,500), so it's not like I was getting a deal. A car like this should be price at 55-58k IMO. Any other GTR priced at 67k is in EXCELLENT condition. They fronted like this car was in that realm - it is not. I figured buying from the dealer would be smart for a GTR - could guarantee warranty, car is checked, save money from taxes on trade in.
  • Was not told truth all morning for delay by Paul Miller, Alex or anyone.
  • Was told flatbedding my GTR to Forged to get fixed was a "surprise"
  • Was asked to proceed with paperwork when GTR is throwing a CEL and I've not test driven it.
  • Still awaiting my deposit to be refunded. I understand this can take a few days (or at least that's what they all say...)
  • Spent about 30hours in the car, ~2000m additional miles on my Z, assorted travel expenses and other costs related to removing my aftermarket Z items. Sure some of that would have been done, BUT, I was suppose to NOT have the Z and HAVE a working, "pristine", "never been launched" GTR.
Overall, an awful experience with an awful sales person (Paul Miller) at an awful dealer.

I will give little credit to Lee Crumpton, President of Gwinnett Place Nissan for speaking with me and seeming to understand my issues. He was very sympathetic and a bit confused / upset as to how this could happen. However, it is very disconcerting to have all of this happen under someone's supervision and authority.

He said I can send him all my travel expenses and I will be sending them to him tomorrow. He also proposed that once the car is fixed he would flatbed it to NY, I could test drive and decide if I want it, and he would flatbed my Z back to GA, all expenses paid for by him. Who knows if this is true or not, but I would not do business with them and raise caution to others considering it as well. It is unfortunate, but factual that they cannot be trusted. Who knows what other issues are wrong w/the car, never even got to drive it ...

I wish I could say I should have done more "due diligence". But I clearly did. I asked many questions, was very thorough and cautious and when I received answers I had no reason to not believe them.

In retrospect, I was obviously wrong. Should I have walked away from the deal after the first red flag, the false information regarding the cost of the car and taxes, yes. But I didn't. I've been eyeing GTR's since they were C110s, R32, R34s, etc etc. Even the C10 is beautiful. I saw an opportunity to get one, a color I really liked, from a GTR Certified Nissan Dealer (which was very important to me at the time, regarding warranty, because of all the horror threads I've read w/the 09's and transmissions). Buying a GTR isn't a casual decision for me. I felt I asked the right questions and had everything lined up the best I could. GTR customers deserve a completely different quality of salesmanship and I would caution anyone dealing with Gwinnett Place Nissan.

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Sorry to hear your story; it's very unfortunate. I would recommend sending the mods on here the thread to read in addition to the "for sale" thread posted by the dealer.
 

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I can't imagine going through what you did - I would have gone crazy! Hopefully everything works out in the long run. At the end of the day, you should be very happy you aren't picking up the DOA GTR. (DOA on your arrival, heh)
 

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That really sucks; unfortunately that is how many, many dealers operate. I learned quickly that if something looks out of place then run. The honest dealers are few and far between; even if they wind up paying for your travel I would look elsewhere.
 

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Frickin' wow.

Sorry about your terrible experience.

No way to make that up to you as a community, in my opinion.

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Sorry to hear your story; it's very unfortunate. I would recommend sending the mods on here the thread to read in addition to the "for sale" thread posted by the dealer.
Thanks man. I alerted one mod, I'll ping the others shortly.

I can't imagine going through what you did - I would have gone crazy! Hopefully everything works out in the long run. At the end of the day, you should be very happy you aren't picking up the DOA GTR. (DOA on your arrival, heh)
I know - I almost lost it. Well I sort of did but it never got physical. Yeah a DOA GTR is no fun at all.

That really sucks; unfortunately that is how many, many dealers operate. I learned quickly that if something looks out of place then run. The honest dealers are few and far between; even if they wind up paying for your travel I would look elsewhere.
Yeah, it's a shame. If I get my travel it still doesn't account for all the stress, BS, additional (coming back) miles on the Z, plus taking PTO from work... they should have called me and said the car isn't ready, its got issues, whatever. Instead they didn't say a word and probably thought I'd just accept the car as is after driving so far and wanting a GTR so bad.

Frickin' wow.Sorry about your terrible experience. No way to make that up to you as a community, in my opinion.
I agree. I'm totally turned off to Nissan. After the BS at the dealer here in NY w/the Z and then the BS in GA w/the GTR, I'm probably going to walk away from Nissan for ever. They ruined it. I wouldn't pay a penny for this car on principle. I wouldn't give Nissan a penny.

I have to ask, is the car previous owner actually Forged Performance themselves? Because why would a "DEALER" need to go to a "TUNER" to fix a CEL?
The previous owner I spoke to was a private owner, I don't think he was affiliated with Forged. Yes, why would a dealer goto a tuner, great question, I have no idea. Didn't make an ounce of sense to me at the time and even less in hindsight.

Thanks again for the support guys.
 

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I have to ask, is the car previous owner actually Forged Performance themselves? Because why would a "DEALER" need to go to a "TUNER" to fix a CEL?

The car looks like it lived on the track.

This is appalling
Just to clarify on this. This car was never owned by Forged Performance or any of it's employees. The dealership knows that we work on many GT-R's which is likely why they were going to have it sent to us. We have had no involvement with this transaction whatsoever. Please do not speculate that we have had a hand in this poor experience as we did not.
 

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Just to clarify on this. This car was never owned by Forged Performance or any of it's employees. The dealership knows that we work on many GT-R's which is likely why they were going to have it sent to us. We have had no involvement with this transaction whatsoever. Please do not speculate that we have had a hand in this poor experience as we did not.
Never said you guys did. Glad we have that cleared up.
 

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thats sucks . but really you want a 2009 that was never launch or "driven" .. welcome to the used sports car market . I purchase mine used , has a few defects but that is what i get for getting a 'used gtr" ..
If you are going to be very meticulous , you should get a brand new one . New tires , New fluids , never been launched .
 

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thats sucks . but really you want a 2009 that was never launch or "driven" .. welcome to the used sports car market . I purchase mine used , has a few defects but that is what i get for getting a 'used gtr" ..
It does suck. Sure, maybe you're right, but you're excusing/stating the status quo is that dealers lie. I don't want to really believe that. And that doesn't make any of this acceptable.

For the most part I believe that people are honest and trying to do the right thing. If you don't give people the benefit of the doubt, all transactions would turn into a corporate/business war. What I mean is, all things turn hostile and ugly when you approaching everyone as a dishonest crook.

Perhaps you are correct - though I'm not longer interested in doing business with Nissan. I will search for a sports car elsewhere.
 

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So did you purchase the vehicle in the end? You should have walked away and let your lawyer(s) take care of getting your money back. "Buyer Beware" may take affect here.
 

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So did you purchase the vehicle in the end? You should have walked away and let your lawyer(s) take care of getting your money back. "Buyer Beware" may take affect here.
No. I did not purchase the car.
You are right, investigating options as we speak.
 

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im not saying the dealer was right in anyway .. I believe the way you were treated was very unacceptable .. Dealers do lie , i guess it is just something with them . When i purchased mine , i had the dealer drive it to my house and i signed the paper work on my kitchen table . I figure i just have to play the game with them....
honestly though for a 2009 , you should get it for 58k-62k tops .. Good luck on your next car purchase , sorry to hear about your experience
 

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Awful experience by the sounds of it. Good used 09s are out there, you don't have to accept chips and scratches.

The dealer I went with fired their salesman on the spot when he misdescribed the car to me and went out of their way to make it right. I ended up with a mint red 09 8k miles, full clear bra from new, never launched that belonged to an older man for $70k INCLUDING a 7 year 0 deductible bumper to bumper warranty, a years free servicing and 4 new tyres. The car was initially up for $76k which was way too high but the condition and peace of mind go a long way to future happiness.
 

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im not saying the dealer was right in anyway .. I believe the way you were treated was very unacceptable .. Dealers do lie , i guess it is just something with them . When i purchased mine , i had the dealer drive it to my house and i signed the paper work on my kitchen table . I figure i just have to play the game with them....
I agree and I understand what you're saying. I realized I was paying a premium for a car with relatively low miles, a clean history and coming from the dealer w/a warranty - and the car was a rare color in *pristine* condition. Thanks for the feedback, it is appreciated.

Awful experience by the sounds of it. Good used 09s are out there, you don't have to accept chips and scratches.
You know, that wasn't even the biggest issue. The CEL and all the lies were. But, if Paul Miller had told me the car was beat up in the front, I would have said, "OK, well let's adjust the price then, since your asking a premium, etc". Chips wouldn't have been a deal breaker, nor would have two new rear tires - IF - I had known it. Instead I was flat-out lied to.

The dealer I went with fired their salesman on the spot when he misdescribed the car to me and went out of their way to make it right. I ended up with a mint red 09 8k miles, full clear bra from new, never launched that belonged to an older man for $70k INCLUDING a 7 year 0 deductible bumper to bumper warranty, a years free servicing and 4 new tyres. The car was initially up for $76k which was way too high but the condition and peace of mind go a long way to future happiness.
I won't get into details, but I've initiated communication w/ Lee the President regarding the above.

Sounds like you got a great deal BTW - cheers to you. Thanks again for the feedback.
 

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I would work on getting your expenses back and forget about getting a car from them. Nissan made over 4 thousand gtr's bro. One will pop up near you. Cut your losses and on to the next one.
 
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