As more Americans purchase electric automobiles, the drawbacks of having one become apparent, and a youngster in Florida just uncovered a huge one.
Avery Siwinski, a 17-year-old student in St. Petersburg, was ecstatic to join the ranks of electric car owners, believing she would not only help save the environment but also save a ton of money on fuel.
But shortly after getting ownership of her automobile, she was confronted with an EV-specific big dilemma.
Siwinski told WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg that her parents’ purchase of a used 2014 Ford Focus Electric from AutoNation Ford in Pinellas County made her ecstatic. With barely 60,000 miles on the vehicle, it was practically brand-new.
“It was fine at first,” she said. “I loved it so much. It was small and quiet and cute.”
Then, though, Siwinski stated, “all of a sudden it just stopped working.”
Her dashboard began to illuminate like a Christmas tree, indicating that a severe problem had been found.
After barely six months of ownership, Siwinski was surprised that the car required servicing so quickly. But when she and her family drove the car to AutoNation to find out what was wrong, her amazement escalated to wrath.
The Siwinskis were informed that the battery pack had reached the end of its useful life and would need to be replaced at a cost of $14,000.
The family had spent less than $11,000 for the old EV, and now they were expected to spend more than that only to repair the battery pack.
But then the situation became worse. The vendor claimed it was unable to obtain even a battery.
The vehicle has been languishing at AutoNation for months while the family awaits shipment of a replacement to the repair facility.
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Sadly, Siwinski’s father died of cancer during that time. Her grandfather stepped up to try to help secure a battery for the vehicle, to no avail.
“They could cost twice as much and we still couldn’t get it,” Ray Siwinski told WTSP.
“It turns out that this is a pretty common problem with this particular car,” he said.
To add insult to injury, AutoNation told the family it would buy the car and take the problem off the family’s hands. And what was the offer price? A mere $500 — meaning the family would lose more than $10,000 on the deal in less than six months. CONTINUE READING…