My husband and I had a 2010 Dodge Journey and we needed more room for our family so we traded it in for a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban at Affordable Auto Sales in San Antonio, Texas. The whole time for 60+ days that they had our Journey and we already had the suburban they neglected to pay off the loan we had thru Wells Fargo Dealer Services. I kept calling and calling telling them they needed to take care of that so that it didn't effect our credit. Well, I have a credit monitoring service and after the 60 day mark of the loan not being paid off I watch my credit drop over 100 points! I am now dealing with the owner, Muhammad, who says he is taking care of it but I don't know if this is to be true. The negative info is still on my credit report and it's hurting us because we are trying to move AND get a new car because the car they sold us is in and out of the shop. As I speak right now it is broken down in the shop and I am in a loaner car! I need this information off of my credit and they are the ones that are responsible for it and it should have never went this far!
I would contact Wells and verify the loan was paid. If it hasn't been, you could get sued or have another ding once it's sold to a CA. Explain what happened and see if they will give you GW removal.
Also, contact the BBB. And..looks like that dealer has a FB page. Friend them and post your experience.
For your next car I would recommend you purchase something like this: http://www.nissanusa.com/suvs/armada
Seeing that you bought a suburban. You must not be worried about gas mileage, but just need a big car. The vehicle in the link above would fit that bill. You can probably find one out of warranty for a third the price used. Or one just barely still under warranty for about half the price. I think if properly maintained, the vehicle should get to 200k on the odometer. Likely much better than an american SUV. If you can afford to go new, you can probably get $10k off MSRP. Bad gas mileage vehicles are hard to move these days.
In the future, try to avoid small lots, stick to manufacture branded lots. (They have a 1-800 number at a corporate office to call) Also, try to get a newer car than your last purchase. Going backwards generally causes problems with break downs.
Good luck on your car hunt and major head ache.
I see they joined Facebook 5 months ago, and only have 9 likes. Probably won't get too far there.
No Yelp activity either. Looks like a sketchy place. Checked out the inventory on their website. All of their vehicles are high mileage auction cars.
You may need a lawyer
Yeah, you may need an attorney. If the dealer failed to pay off your auto loan in a timely agreed upon matter. They are liable for the damages it did to your credit report.
If you don't have a bunch of people to haul around for awhile. Just get a small reliable car. Again, preferably not american. You can be as patriotic as you'd like, but that won't help you when you are stranded on the side of the road.
A low mileage dodge with a diesel will have a bit of reliability, but they are expensive and costly to drive.