The seller and the buyer of a Toyota Camry were left in a quandary after both of them were conned by a car dealer who made off with about RM60,000 from the two.
The car dealer closed his shop a few days after reaching a deal with the car-seller, retiree Chan Ah Kaw, and the buyer, a businessman identified as Chin.
Chan claimed that he had left his two-year-old Camry with a car dealer in Taman Nusa Bistari for sale on August 17.
"The dealer said my vehicle was worth RM92,000, and agreed to sell the car for me. I passed him the keys, signed a sale agreement and paid him RM8,000.
"He promised to settle my car loan amounting to RM100,000. I waited for a few days but there was no progress," Chan said at a Press conference held by Bandar Baru Tampoi MCA branch chairman, Michael Tay.
Chan got a shock when he went to the dealer??ôs shop and found that it was closed.
Then, in mid-September, Chan received a call from Chin who claimed that he had bought the Camry.
Chin said he had traded in his Kia for the Camry from the same dealer in late August.
"I topped up another RM53,000 in cash for the Camry and the dealer said he would handle the transfer of the car ownership," he said.
"However, when I checked with the Road Transport Department a few days later, nothing had been done.???
Chin tried to contact the dealer when he found the shop closed but the mobile number had been terminated.
He, however, managed to get Chan's telephone number from the bank.
"When I called the bank, I also found out that Chan still has an outstanding loan of RM100,000 on the car," he said.
Both victims have lodged police reports. Johor Baru (North) acting police chief, Assitant Commissioner Ruslan Hassan, said the police will hand over the case to the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry for further action.
New Straits Times