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?
I’ve 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 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 THEM 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 I 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 my action will get the government to review the current Australian Consumer Law and introduce a "Lemon Law" like the one that has been in the USA since 1970, 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 spent a few thousand dollars on the campaign and event to raise awareness so I can assure you I’m not doing this to make money.
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.>
My 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)
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Ashton and Vanessa Wood