NOTE: On December 21, 2009 I posted this original blog about my experience briefly working for a guy/company who sold these “free electric cars”. His name and company were mentioned in many comments so it’s no suprise that I received a letter from his attorney on January 16, 2010 to remove all statements from my blog. Since I stand behind my story, I have kept my original post below but have deleted the owner’s name and company name and website from the comments. So now you’ll have to do the research yourself if you want to know who is behind my horror story. So much for Freedom of Speech!
ORIGINAL POST: In 2001, I was called by a trusted ex-collegue to fly to Atlanta for the holidays and sell electric cars. My “friend” and his brother owned the business and several of my other good friends said he and the company were legitimate, so I agreed to join them. There is/was a loophole in tax credits where a fancy golf cart with the right bells and whistles qualifies as a legalized motor vehicle (plates and all) and by purchasing an electric car for $5000, each rich person gets a $5000 tax credit – so at the end of the day the car is free.
Well, here are a few things that went down in Atlanta that makes this company a bunch of scumbags:
1. A week before Christmas someone from the Department of Motor Vehicles called the IRS because mobs of people were coming to the DMV to get plates for their electric vehicles…ahm, golf carts. The IRS said HELL NO, THESE WILL NOT QUALIFY FOR THE TAX CREDIT unless the customers take possession of the cars by December 31st, 2001 – which was going to be impossible. The tax Gods scrambled and re-wrote the tax laws before the endof the year in order for the golf carts to NOT qualify for the tax credit. Many officials came to the location where we were selling to stop telling people that they were going to qualify for a tax credit. Well, my “friend” and his shady brother kept selling them, and insisted that we do the same. Not only did I stop selling them, but I issued a refund to a young couple who came back after hearing the free electric car was a scam. The two brothers cornered me and basically defamed my character for not supporting their scam agenda.
2. The brothers told us (and the customers) that there was an official office and manufacturer in Georgia – about 2 hours away from where we were selling. One of the irate customers did some research and found that this “office” was a storage unit with an address attached the brothers were using.
3. Before the tax Gods and DMV pulled the plug on the free electric car credit, I sold enough cars to earn over $20,000 in commissions. The brothers never paid me a penny. Over the couse of a year, I called and emailed them over 30 times and never received a single solitary response.
Is it possible that the Free Electric Car deal is legitimate in some states and you actually can get a “free” electric vehicle? Possibly. But who in their right mind would want to do business or give their hard-earned money to a bunch of lying, cheating scumbags? Also, if the electric car credit is legitimate on December 21st and you buy your car on that day, but it becomes illegitimate on December 28th – then too bad, you are out that money and won’t get a refund from the car company. That is exactly what happened in Atlanta.
There is far more information I have about this company and the two brothers behind it. If anybody reading this is considering buying a free electric car, then holler at me and I can tell you if it is the came company I had the misfortune of dealing with.
PS…Many people have asked, “If this guy ripped you off, why didn’t you sue him?”
1. At the time, I was part of a very tight knit group of friends and business colleagues who all knew this guy. If I am honest, I will say that for social and political reasons it was not in my best interest to get involved in a lawsuit.
2. I was living in Los Angeles at the time and he was living in Arizona. I was at the peak of my music career traveling the world and having the time of my life. If I had been tied up in a legal battle that crossed state lines I never would have been able to freely travel the world and enjoy my career. I chose to move on with my life and let God take care of this guy. Since he got arrested years later for misleading people in real estate transactions, I know my prayers were answered!