DUD DEAL: Pastor Paul is on a new mission to the religious kind he is used to – to get his car fixed. jac-281010-001
DUD DEAL: Pastor Paul is on a new mission to the religious kind he is used to – to get his car fixed. jac-281010-001

Dear Lord, my cars a lemon!

THE excitement of purchasing a brand new vehicle has soured for a Springsure family.

After searching the internet for the best possible deal on a 2008 turbo diesel Ford Focus, Pastor Paul Pires now has to face the fact he purchased a lemon, with three car dealerships unable to fix leaking problems.

“We bought the car to do ministry work because it’s economical to do ministry work in the outreaching areas,” Pastor Paul said.

Prior to a road trip to Townsville by wife Tracy, Paul had been driving around when he noticed an odour in the vehicle.

“I was driving the car before she left and I thought to myself, this car smells, so I’d wash and clean it, deodorise, and it still smelled.

“But just before Tracy left for Townsville, I thought I’d check the spare tyre, opened it up and the bit where the tyre sits in the boot, was full of water.”

Paul promptly cleaned up the water and Tracy hit the road.

“I dried it all out, Tracy went to Townsville and back, and of course, it rained all the way up and all the way back and she rang me and said, ‘There is water at my feet’.”

The Pires opted to take the car in for a service to a local dealership in Emerald.

“It had only done just over 10,000 kms and I thought ‘we’ll take it in for a service now and let them fix it, it’s still under warranty’,” Paul said.

“The Emerald dealership had it for nearly five months and now the vehicle is at a dealership in Rockhampton.”

“It did spend three-and-a-half weeks in Rockhampton and they assured me that they had fixed it and it no longer leaked.”

But Paul said the problem still existed.

With no resolution in sight, Paul has been advised by Ford Customer Relation Care that it is now out of their scope to deal with and is in the hands of solicitors, who are putting together a deal to keep Paul in a Ford.

“I don’t have any money to do any deals; I just need the car to be replaced.”

“I don’t have any money to do any deals; I just need the car to be replaced.”

Pastor Paul Pires


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