A woman in Wisconsin is out a car after her newly purchased 2006 Chrysler Pacifica burst into flames not 22 minutes after she bought it.
Buying new is always preferable, but some people just can’t afford a new car. Used cars are usually a safe bet, what with most carmakers building for longevity and reliability. Or at least, they try to.
Fiat Chrysler might want to improve a bit after this heartbreaking story.
Nicole Brandt purchased a used 2006 Chrysler Pacifica crossover on Wednesday, April 3rd. She bought it from Big Bill’s Used Cars after saving every penny for two years.
After making the purchase, she took the Pacifica on its inaugural drive to pick up her kids from school when she smelled smoke. Then she noticed black wafts coming up from underneath her hood. That’s when she pulled over to the side of I-43 northbound in Grafton, and it was a good thing that she did.
No sooner had Brandt stepped out of her new(ish) car than it burst into flames. An approaching driver in the opposite lane managed to snap a photo of her death-defying escape.
The Village of Grafton Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly thereafter being well versed in how to deal with vehicle fires. They managed to snuff out the flames, but the Pacifica was a total write-off.
"The car is a shell. A burnt-out shell," Brandt told Fox 6 News.
Worse yet, the used car dealer seems to be stiffing Brandt on the refund. She said she went back to Big Bill’s Used Cars the day after to demand her money back, and after a bit of haggling, the dealer said they agreed. However, Brand still hasn’t seen the cash in her account, and it’s been almost a week.
"There's no money in the account,” says Brandt. “The bank said that they should have at least seen the transaction--even if it hasn't hit my account yet. They should at least see it. He didn't do the refund.”
Unfortunately, Brandt couldn’t afford insurance, so there’s money coming from there. Police and Grafton Fire Department officials say there’s likely no way to tell precisely what caused the fire as the damage is too extensive.