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Honda Spokesman -- I Got Screwed At Honda Dealer!!

5/8/2011 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

A man claims he got royally screwed at a Honda dealership ... the twist to this story -- he's the guy who pitches Hondas on TV.

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Dennis Singletary tells TMZ he went to an L.A. Honda dealership in April to buy a 4-door Honda Civic and wanted the very same deal he pitches on national televsion -- "The Really Big Thing" ... which  is 0% down, low finance rates and $190 a month payments.

Dennis qualified because his credit rate was a solid 709. Problem was -- the dealership didn't have the car he wanted. So Dennis trotted over to another dealership which DID have the car ... and that's where he endured a gross miscarriage of car justice.

Dennis claims the dealer wouldn't give him "The Really Big Thing," because according to the dealer his credit score was only 663.

Dennis protested to no avail. Finally, in frustration, Dennis called the first dealer -- put him on the speaker phone and asked him to repeat his credit score -- 709.

But the 2nd dealer was immovable -- sticking Dennis with the lower score.

Dennis finally pulled a, "Do you know who I am" ... left in a huff and fired off a letter to corporate ... saying, "How is it that I am dealing with such blatant dishonesty and unethical behavior from one of your dealerships, when my face was all over the TV promoting the very deal I wasn’t able to get? If this is the way I am being treated how is everyone else being treated?"

In the end, Dennis went to yet another dealership ... and scored a great deal on a Honda with the terms he wanted.

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Calls to Honda were not returned.

48 COMMENTS

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46.

JAN    

What??!! You mean commercials lie??!! The hell you say!!

1081 days ago
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valoann    

I work at a job where I run credit scores all day and what most people dont realize is that the more you run your credit the lower your score goes so if he ran his credit in one place then went to another it is possible that his score dropped because he ran it twice in one day yes it sucks but thats how the credit bureau works.

1080 days ago
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D.S.    

People, people, people....Your credit doesn't drop 50 points with only running it one other time. And if it does lower it doesn't lower for at least 30 days or beginning of the month when everything is facted in from the last month. They didn't deal with me at the first dealer because they don't have inventory because of the earthquake and dealers aren't willing to trade the car that gets the best gas mileage in their fleet. They also want to get top dollar for the cars they have left. Don't know if you guys realize but gas is $4.50 in California. And I got a honda because my other 2 cars avg 18 miles a gallon. Trust me, commercials pay well and I will be in other commercials. Thank you for the support from the ones who understand why I put it out there. It's their way of making money since now people know all the numbers before they go into the dealer. Just know your score before you go in or get other financing.

1072 days ago
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