Are there any honest people in this world ?
Hi my name is Sharon. My biggest character flaw is being gullible and believing everyone is as honest as I am. Which has brought me to this point of financial devastation and coming here to as for help.
My husband and I started a small trucking business in May of 2014 trying to earn a piece of the American pie, financial freedom and honest living.
It all started back in January of 2015 when the oil and gas industry went bust. We tried very hard to keep things afloat but we were sinking fast. With the industry literally coming to a complete halt and our 2 drivers leaving for better jobs we were left with thousands of dollars in debt and not enough money to pay the bills. And on top of that my husband was temporarily fired for a few months. We had no choice but to file bankruptcy just to save our home and have a place to live. At that time we had 2 trucks and had to let one go in hopes of the truck we were allowed to keep would make us enough money to recoup all that we had lost when times got better.
In October of 2018 we found a driver and company to lease our truck on with and things were going well until that day, April 26, 2018, that day was the day that all truck owner dread. My driver called telling me the truck was blowing a huge amount of oil which meant there was an engine problem.
I instructed him to take it to the shop and a few hours later I received a call tell me the truck required a major repair; a cracked cylinder head which would cost any where from $7000 to $15,000 to repair. Here is were my nightmare begins.
My mechanic informed me that he would not be able to get the truck fixed for at least 3 to 4 weeks. Not wanting to lose my driver and the company we contracted on with we decided to just buy another truck to put my driver in and get him back to work ASAP. It didn’t go as plan. I found a truck located in San Antonio, Texas some six hours from where I live but I was desperate.
This man name Armando had a truck for sale for $20,000. I called him and explained my situation with my truck being down and was looking to buy a truck to get my driver back to work and earn the money we would need to get the other truck fixed since we had a 3 to 4 weeks to wait before it could get repaired.
Armando assured me the truck he was selling was a work ready truck and the only thing that was wrong with the truck was that it idled rough when it first started but when it warmed up everything was ok.
My husband test drove it and it seemed ok after it warmed up the rough idling went away. The air blew cool. The truck drove ok. Everything checked out as far as he could see and hear. Armando agreed to reduce his price to $17,000 all the money I had in this world. We thought everything was going to be okay but, Armando lied about the truck and we found out shortly after finalizing the purchase. On the way home the truck was not sounding right, there was a knock in the rear end.
The next day I called him after taking it to our regular mechanic and discovered the truck needed some major repairs before it could actually get to work. I called and told Armando that the truck was not in work ready condition that he claimed and that I needed him to make it right by at least helping me pay for the repairs and he basically told me it was my problem now.
Because this purchase was a private sale I have no legal recourse. I bought a junkyard truck and it has ruined me financially.
Since then I have put an additional $18,000 plus that I didn’t have using my house notes, pawning my valuables and asking people to fix the truck on credit. I have a total investment of $36,000 and counting. And it gets worst, the truck broke down July 29th this time in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma some 5 hours away from me and the owner of the shop that we had to tow the truck to told me that I have to put another estimated $13,000 because although I did a top end overhaul on the engine the bottom end has to be done too and that I may have to get a new turbo which will be another $3500. We have to do something fast.
My husband has been working long hours; sometimes seven days a week trying to get us out of this hole we are in and there is just no way to make the money we need in this short timeframe we are working with.
I need a total of $30,000 to $40,000 to get out of this hole this man has threw us in and I don’t have any means of getting it because I’m in bankruptcy so no one will extent me credit. I’m 3 house payments behind on my mortgage and its just a matter of time I will be facing foreclosure.
I have asked family and friends and everyone has pretty much said I’m sorry you are going though this but I can’t help you.
I’m really not looking for a hand out, I’m just in need of raising the money to get both trucks fixed and get my drivers back to work. I am willing to pay every dime back once I got everything back on track. The money is there to be made I just can’t make it with both trucks down at the same time.
Please send what you can to help with your name and address so I can pay you back to paypal.me/thismandestroyedme
Here are a few of the receipts that I have paid out so far to fix this truck and I still need thousands more. This man Armando really scammed me big time. There should be a law against this, but I can’t even afford to sue him if there were.
Thank you for your compassion and any help you can provide. I am truly grateful.
Heartbroken and Devastated,