|Oh wow, where to I start? On 10/22/10 I submitted an internet request through automotix.net searching for a used engine for my car. I was contacted by several companies. I decided to utilize Back on The Road Auto Parts as my engine source since he seemed to have the best deal, for the engine I was looking for. At first, Tony was responsive, and empthatic towards my ordeal of my car loss. He then stated he had just the engine I needed to match my car, and we agreed on a price of $2600.00 with shipping included for the engine. He provided me with the VIN number of the engine, which he wrote on the credit authorization form for which I provided him with a $400 deposit. The credit authorization form was very generic and contained no information regarding his warranty or otherwise. I called him to request more paperwork and a fax copy of his warranty and he assured me this would be sent. I then overnighted a cashiers check for the remaining balance. About a week later, I still had to response, and Tony was not answering any of my calls. When he finally did, he sent my mechanic pictures of the engine he was going to ship- a completely DIFFERENT engine for a DIFFERENT type of car- with a DIFFERENT VIN NUMBER, other then what we had agreed on. When I called him, he told me the engine we previously agreed on was damaged while packing and that a part would need to be replaced and that I WOULD have to pay for it. I was shocked! I decided to end my sales transaction with him and requested he refund my money. HE DID NOT. He said all sales were final, but yet there was no sale that ever took place! He never had the engine I needed, he con'd me and lied to me. In a grave attempt to get my money back I phoned the Pinellas Park Police Department. I was able to "charge-back" the $400 deposit I made on my debit card, but he still had a check he had already cashed that I sent him in the amount of $2200. After a detective called him, using the all the evidence I provided her, he returned $1650.00 of my money to avoid criminal prosecution for Grand theft. Also on file with the police department were screen shots of his website using emblems associated with URG (United Recyclers Group) and AAS. He was using their emblems claiming to be a member to "assure" his credibility to his customers, after I contacted these companies to validate Back on The Road Auto Parts associations, they replied it was fraudlant and contact Tony, and demanded he remove them immediatley. They were taken off his site the next day! |
He knew by sending this portion of the money back he wouldn't have to face charges, and that the difference of $550.00 he owed me would become a civil matter- in which I would need to hire an attorney, pay fees, ect. I filed numerous complaints with various consumer organizations, and to prove just how FRAUDULANT this guy is, I will post his reply to my Better Business Bureau complain, " 12/09/2010 Receive Business Response --------- I am not paying him anything back !! He got what he got and all sales are final !! If there is a problem with that please call Tony Baldomero at 727-498-8086 or call my cell phone 727-278-3988 this is my real name !! Dominguez is my fake name !!"
Well, if that isn't enough proof I don't know what is. Some way, some how, this will come back to bite this fraud. I can only hope now, no one else is CHEATED out of their hard earned money. If your looking for Auto Parts, or likewise, avoid this fraud like the plauge!