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    Melchor ATV = Very Bad

    Sub par at best


    The ATV's do not have the proper tires on them. The ATV that I received wouldn't stay in gear. The owner drove up next to me and handed me a bungee cord to hold the gear shift in place.


    Because the tires were not proper, the ATV skidded out and almost flipped on the road. Then, it did flip on the back of the island and caused bad damage to my body.


    Come to find out, the owner of the place was telling people that I was doing wheelies all day and was screwing around. This is not the case. Anyone in our group or the other groups that were around us can attest to this.


    I'm not new to riding ATV's. We usually use George's Cycles when we come to the island. However, this place was close and the quads looked newer.


    Also, when I went in the day before renting, I had asked if I needed a reservation. The young kid in there said no. So, we show up the next day and almost all the ATV's were gone. He said that I should have showed up earlier. They opened at 8am and we showed up around 8:30am. That makes sense, but don't tell me that I don't need a reservation.

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    i would be livid.

    what kind of injury ? (you said bad damage to your body)

    i hope that you are still on island so that you can discuss this with the owner.

    i hope that you were not hurt badly

    Quote Originally Posted by dbcmaster View Post
    Sub par at best


    The ATV's do not have the proper tires on them. The ATV that I received wouldn't stay in gear. The owner drove up next to me and handed me a bungee cord to hold the gear shift in place.


    Because the tires were not proper, the ATV skidded out and almost flipped on the road. Then, it did flip on the back of the island and caused bad damage to my body.


    Come to find out, the owner of the place was telling people that I was doing wheelies all day and was screwing around. This is not the case. Anyone in our group or the other groups that were around us can attest to this.


    I'm not new to riding ATV's. We usually use George's Cycles when we come to the island. However, this place was close and the quads looked newer.


    Also, when I went in the day before renting, I had asked if I needed a reservation. The young kid in there said no. So, we show up the next day and almost all the ATV's were gone. He said that I should have showed up earlier. They opened at 8am and we showed up around 8:30am. That makes sense, but don't tell me that I don't need a reservation.

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    Well, my arm isn't broken. However, it looked broken or fractured. Several nurses, doctors and EMTs all thought it was at least fractured.

    Going to get Xrays on my chest to see if I cracked any ribs.

    I'm just going to deal with all the insurance stuff on my side. I didn't want to make our vacation any worse than it was.

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    I'm so sorry this happened to you!

    Please let us know how the owner handles this incident.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    The owner charged me $400 for the damage done to the vehicle. However, he tried to tell my wife that more damage was done when it was already like that to begin with (the fenders were cracked). I was in the Hospital when all of the money was being discussed at the place.

    No infection in my arm. Severe trauma to my arm with lots of deep cuts, abrasions and severe swelling and bruising. My ribs have a hairline crack/fracture and my neck is pretty sore.

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    So sorry this happened to you! Hope you have a speedy recovery.

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    Sorry this happened.

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    wow, sorry this happened to you....we used them several different times and never had an issue. wonder if someone else is running it now, we had heard it was closed.
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    i hate to hear of accidents happening while on vacation (anytime is bad really)

    so sorry that your vacation was interruped and had the big black cloud hanging over.............feel better soon.

    danadog (previous posting) had a bad wreck on an atv a few years ago.
    i forget though..i do not think it was on aruba...or was it?

    feel better soon and will you dispute the charges that they placed due to the alleged damage of atv?

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    [QUOTE=Andrea J.;250899]



    danadog (previous posting) had a bad wreck on an atv a few years ago.
    i forget though..i do not think it was on aruba...or was it?

    no, it was not on Aruba, at home on family property so I couldn't even sue !!!!!! (just kidding....)
    one of my best friends did however flip a quad in aruba and spend a week in the hospital.....we did not rent from Melchor that time though....
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