Mike Kadletz, bus conversion conman
My bus purchase nightmare
June 2006 Update: I won my court case against Mike!
Aug 2006 Update: Mike has decided to ignore the court order to pay me, wasting my time and costing him more money in the long run.
Aug 2006 Update: BBB has downgraded Mike from a "D" rating to an "F"
Sep 2006 Update: I get my money back! It's finally over!
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When looking to buy a bus to convert to an RV, I came across Mike Kadletz (originally the owner of Bus Conversions Magazine), and on August 18th, 2005 I purchased my bus from Mike Kadletz.
Mike Kadletz was selling buses down near Los Angeles. He has since moved to Arizona, near as I can tell. He previously owned Bus Conversions Magazine and now owns HwyBus.com as well as Moose Creek MotorCabins.
Moose Creek MotorCabins is his conversion company that creates a specific coach conversions out of buses.
Furthermore, he also runs the "Proud Americans" "Thank You Soldier" program which is allegedly a non-profit to aid returning soldiers. I don't have more info about this program yet, but anyone who knows or has done business with Mike would probably not be surprised to find out that these are fraudulent as well.
My purchase agreement with Mike Kadletz included:
Furthermore, when he found out I was going to need a genset, he tried to sell me one. I told him I hadn't done enough research on this yet and didn't even know what I needed or what they were worth. He was "convinced that he had the right genset for me" and he wasn't using it, so he let me use it for a refundable deposit of $2700 with the agreement that I could return it if it didn't work after a few months. I figured it would be worth trying out for a month to find out if he was right.
As it turned out, he failed and lied on every count of our agreement.
The most important issues:
All in all, Mike Kadletz owed me over $4000 according to our original contract, which he has since told me he is not interested in following. When I asked him to stick to our original contract he actually said, "let's move past that" as if I would happily discount it.
Here are some specifics:
If you're thinking about purchasing a bus, especially from Mike Kadletz of HwyBus.com, this will be useful information for you!
As far as I'm concerned, if you are looking for a bus, stay away from Mike Kadletz and HwyBus unless you are prepared to deal with fraud and filing lawsuits. He has demonstrated, time and time again, over every point of my contract that once he has your money, you basically don't exist.
In May of 2006 I took Mike to court. He lied extensively in court, but I told the truth and still managed to win!
His main business is "HwyBus" but he also sells buses and motor cabins on ebay as proudamericans and proud_americans and off the net as MAKConversions. His business phone is 562-972-2158. He also owns the following websites:
Number of buyers diverted from Mike:
So far, ELEVEN buyers have told me they've seen my site and have decided to not deal with Mike [5/2007]! Hopefully others have been warned away that I haven't heard from - feel free to drop me a line to let me know you've been saved.
The Better Business Bureau gives Mike's business a solid "F" rating due to refusing to answer BBB complaints (such as mine).