ENCORE: Stivers President Disputes Register Article; 'None of It's Accurate'
In a piece published by the Des Moines Register, Stivers Ford Lincoln is being accused of taking advantage of a 22-year-old with autism.
Scott Politte says you shouldn't believe everything you read. Especially when it comes to one particular article that ran on the Des Moines Register's website Friday.
The article references a case between Austin King, 22, his parents and a car deal that went awry at Stivers Ford Lincoln in 2011.
The Kings claim that their son was coerced into buying a $30,000 Ford Fusion, that the numbers on the credit application were fudged and that Austin didn't have the mental capacity to make any purchasing decisions because he has a mild form of autism.
"I dispute everything that's represented as fact in the article," said Politte, president of Stivers Ford Lincoln. "Everything she (the reporter) put in quotations were not direct quotes. Nobody at this dealership said those things. They were second- and third-hand comments related by Austin. None of it's accurate."
The case gets muddier when you find out that Austin King once worked at the dealership and purchased two vehicles from them prior to the purchase in question in 2011.
Politte said this is the first time anything like this has ever happened at Stivers Ford Lincoln.
"It’s the first time we’ve ever been accused of something like this," Politte said. "It's just not the way we do business. We sell over 3,000 cars a year and have for over 32 years. This is the first time anything like this has ever even been alleged."
While he couldn't speak to the legal aspects of the case, Politte said he wants to remind people that just because someone alleges something happened, doesn't always make it true.
"I want people to know that we’re a family-owned company and I’m here every day," he said. "If we didn’t have great people working for us and we weren't delivering great customer service, we wouldn't be in business. It’s unfortunate what some people are assuming because that's not who we are."
Politte said customers have been contacting him and the dealership since the story broke this morning, throwing support behind the Waukee dealership. He said he hopes that people will consider their longevity and their reputation before this single allegation when choosing where to buy their next vehicle.
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