UM basketball center Rodney Miller says he was duped by Miramar car dealership

University of Miami basketball player Rodney Miller said he was duped by a Miramar car dealership.

“My mom found this place online and told me to check it out. I liked the car and ended up having some problems,” Miller told Local 10 News.

Miller purchased a 2004 GMC Envoy from Rudy Jimenez, owner of One Auto Miami Export in Miramar.

He said the car began to backfire, but Jimenez assured him it was a simple fix.

“It came to the point where I had to pull over like 20 times on the highway, so it was a really dangerous situation,” Miller said.

Miller and his mother turned to Manny the Mechanic, who works right next door to the dealership.

“The transmission was not good on that car,” Manny said.

The UM center took her car back to the dealership after having the vehicle for only a week.

“He said he was going to give me another car,” Miller said.

But Miller said there was never any proof that the second car existed.

He and his mother asked for a refund and were given a check that was returned for insufficient funds on two separate occasions, he said.

When Local 10 staffer Melanie Alvarez stopped by, no one opened the door at One Auto Miami, but Jimenez told Local 10 News over the phone that a refund was mailed out already.

“OK, we told them we were going to go ahead and replace it with the one, with the second payment,” Jimenez said.

Miller said Jimenez made a similar statement to Miramar police in May.

“Once I realized that he did not buy the second car, me and my mom stopped believing what he was saying,” Miller said.

The sign outside the business says they are open, but residents who live nearby said they are not.

Neighbors said the business closed up and cleared out a week ago, and ever since, people having been coming up and knocking on the door, looking for answers.

Miramar police said the case is a civil matter, so it is unclear when or if Miller will get a refund.

 

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Allen busts out to lead Florida past Wisconsin into Elite 8

Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA tournament.

Nigel Hayes had given the Badgers (27-10) a 2-point lead with 4 seconds left on two free throws. With no timeouts left, the Gators inbounded to Chiozza and the point guard stopped right the arc and dropped in the winner for Florida (27-8).

Wisconsin’s Zak Showalter forced overtime with a leaning 3-pointer off one leg with 2.1 seconds left in regulation as the Badgers wiped out a 12-point deficit in the last 4:15.

The fourth-seeded Gators (27-8) will play South Carolina on Sunday in an all-Southeastern Conference regional final at Madison Square Garden.

Florida is in the Elite Eight for the first time since 2014, and for the first time with second-year coach Mike White — the man who replaced Billy Donovan in Gainesville.

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