By Wendy Williams
A BRITISH expat has denounced a car dealer over allegations of fraud.
Rodney Quinn, 59, a former Royal Marine, claims staff at the Sertesa concession in Malaga increased the final price and duped him into signing a blank loan agreement after buying a second-hand Land Rover Freelander last December.
Quinn, who lives in Velez Malaga, claims he agreed a final sale price of €35,000 with a down payment of €10,000 and a loan of six per cent over five years.
But when he questioned why he had to sign a blank loan agreement, he claims he was assured it was normal practice in Spain. “Six weeks later I received a copy of the financial agreement but the figures were not the same as we had agreed,” Quinn told the Olive Press.
“The final price was €46,640, plus the registration number was not on it and the car was down as a new car.”
Quinn later returned to the showroom to demand an explanation but claims the staff insulted him “They just said ‘stupid English, you signed it’ and were very rude.
“The salesman even argued he had done me a favour as they are not allowed to give a payment plan for second-hand cars and couldn’t see why I was annoyed.
“But I am living off a war pension, I cannot afford to pay more than what we agreed on, and I am the victim of fraud.”
He continued: “Land Rover finance even admitted at one point they were wrong but said that I would have to pay to fix all the paperwork.
“I am now being harassed by the staff. I am getting eight calls a day from them saying I am behaving badly and that I need to pay.
“I just want my money back now. I will return the car.”
When the Olive Press called Sertesa a spokesman claimed the allegations were false.
“It is a lie that we asked him to sign a blank document; he signed it in front of me. This contract has everything it should. “He still needs to pay for the car, and the matter is now being dealt with by our lawyer.”
Meanwhile a spokesman for Land Rover said it has nothing to do with the matter.
Quinn confirmed that this week he had been to see the head of Malaga’s anti-corruption department.
“They are going to prosecute for falsification of documents,” he said.