DESTROY MY JEEP
Have you ever bought a new vehicle that has let you down so badly, you just don’t trust it any more?
We decided, after 22 issues and nearly 4 years of relentless emails, meetings and legal costs, to give up requesting a full refund or replacement from the Jeep dealer or Fiat Chrysler Group Australia.
They’ve made it very clear to me that the law doesn’t say they “have to” replace or refund a vehicle with this many problems in Australia.
THERE’S NO LAW STOPPING A COMPANY DOING THE RIGHT THING AND I GAVE THE JEEP DEALER AND FIAT CHRYSLER GROUP AUSTRALIA PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND REPLACE THE VEHICLE OR REFUND OUR MONEY.
I decided to partly crowd-fund the destruction of our $49,000 Jeep Cherokee. And we did it for 3 reasons
1. It’s been the most unreliable car we have EVER owned.
2. I don’t think it’s right to sell our defective car onto someone else
3. I have been approached by many of you in the same situation as us, so I hope our action will force the government to review the current Australian Consumer Law and introduce a “Lemon Law” like the one that has been in the USA since the 1970’s, that protects consumers from defective vehicles.
I raised $18,956 through Kickstarter from people who wanted to get involved in the total destruction of my Jeep and help me “make a point”
I owed $28k on finance on the vehicle, so I personally paid out that $10,000 gap.
I also spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign and event to raise awareness.
We also raised $265 on the day through gold coin donation, coffees and a sausage sizzle, which has been donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
My Jeep is now in thousands of pieces, some of which are burned beyond recognition, some are six foot underground where we burried it, and some pieces have been sent to sponsors and supporters all over Australia for them to show off to their customers and friends.
This campaign will continue until the law is changed, or manufacturers and importers are being seen to be doing the right thing.
We are considering running future events like this, so if you have a lemon vehicle and have tried all the normal ways to get a resolution, we might just line your car up next for you… (we’ll keep the fire stoked for you)
All of this is funded by me, so any donations to help with the costs of hosting, printing of flyers/petitions and time taken out of my own business would be very appreciated.
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Ashton and Vanessa Wood