Ten years ago when Donna D. originally purchased her timeshare, she was led to believe that this was her ticket to a lifetime’s worth of vacations. It was also conveyed to her that this would be at just a fraction of the price that vacations would typically cost. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, neither of these turned out to be true.
Below we have shared a firsthand account of Donna’s timeshare experience and how it was a disaster from the very beginning but greatly worsened during the recent pandemic. Find out what went wrong here because who knows, you could be in a similar situation. Names have been changed or omitted due to potential privacy concerns.
“I purchased my timeshare when I visited Mexico years ago. Representatives from the resort came up to me as soon as I arrived at the airport. I was offered a discounted stay there if I agreed to attend a 90-minute presentation with them. It actually was 4 hours long and the salesmen were asking uncomfortable and probing questions. Once I mentioned my father had recently passed and I was currently taking care of my ill mother, the hard sale really started.”
According to Donna, the sales pitch took it several levels up after this personal information was disclosed. The salespeople began pressuring her into a timeshare purchase by encouraging her to “treat herself” and by claiming that she owed it to her mother to take her on a special trip.
“They began to guilt me into buying the timeshare. They constantly brought up how my mom deserved one last fancy trip. And while I agreed with that, we weren’t even able to get that with the timeshare. This was also supposed to be this great investment that would save me thousands over the years. After so many hours of it, I just caved into buying it so I could leave.”
Donna’s timeshare experience was far from being considered an investment. The sales representatives had convinced her that hotel and resort rates would continue to increase over time until they were unaffordable but with a timeshare, she could lock in at today’s low prices.
“It was made out to seem like in 10 years, hotel prices are going to shoot up astronomically. In reality, my timeshare maintenance fees are what shot up like a rocket. These fees have increased every single year that I owned it and were costing me money that I didn’t have.”
The maintenance fees for Donna were constantly increasing and by the time the Covid-19 pandemic hit, she was already swimming in timeshare debt. Now on a limited income, there was no way Donna could continue paying these outrageous fees.
“There was no point in keeping the timeshare anyways. I was never able to use it because everything was always blacked out. I tried to use it with my mother several times and they were all unsuccessful. What was the purpose of paying so much for a timeshare if I wasn’t even able to use it? I owned it for close to a decade without ever getting to use it, so now during a pandemic when these resorts were closed, I knew that day would never come.”
Donna had given up on her timeshare. She had realized that it was all just a scam and she was ready to put an end to it for good now. Who better to work with than one of the leaders in the timeshare exit industry, Wesley Financial Group, LLC. With their support and guidance, Donna was able to cancel her timeshare agreement and officially put an end to those detrimental maintenance fees.*
If you know anyone with a similar timeshare experience, please feel free to pass our phone number along to them. We’d love to see if they qualify for our timeshare termination services.
*Wesley Financial Group, LLC (“WFG”) develops individualized programs for each client, terminates over 97% of their client’s timeshare relationships, and, in certain circumstances, obtains a refund of some or all of the timeshare purchase price. Actual results depend on each client’s distinct case and no specific outcome is guaranteed (although WFG does offer a 100% money-back guarantee if the timeshare is not canceled within the time specified in the WFG Enrollment Agreement).
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