JUST WHEN WE THOUGHT LIFE WAS GETTING BETTER !!!
Sorry for being so dramatic, but I just needed to let off steam !
On the 22nd January , after our little car failed its m.o.t and would be costing more than the car was worth, we decided to visit our local village garage to buy another second hand little car. We found one almost straight away just under £1000 which is just in our price range ! So off I went for a test drive and this really nice young man said he would give us a years m.o.t. and 6 months warranty, so we bought it !
Unbeknown to us this "nice young man " actually rented the forecourt space and an office at the garage . We were due to pick it up on the following Monday , but received a phone call from the garage saying that this "nice young man " had gone off sick and could we leave collecting the car until Saturday. Even though we thought this strange, we agreed. On the Thursday before the Saturday, we had a phone call from the garage saying that this " not so nice young man ", putting it politely, had removed all the cars from the forecourt including ours and had disappeared !
Obviously it had been well and truly planned , which is why he “went off sick” so that our money we had paid him with our debit card had gone into his account !
After the shock and tears had worn off, we called the police who asked us to give it until Saturday incase the car was still delivered to us ! No…that did not happen !
I rang Citizens Advice to find out if the garage should be held responsible, plus a solicitor and was told that it had been entirely a separate business. The owner of the garage told us that this chap had stolen vehicles from them, embezzled large amounts of money from companies and also conned another lady out of her car when he was at another garage forecourt .
The police came back to see us on Sunday night to get a statement and a detective rang yesterday to tell us he was in charge of the case, but was now a job lot of cases against this man ! He is also looking into compensation for us, but don’t expect any and the bank have put a claim in to try and recuperate our money, but I won’t hold my breath ! Apparently we should have paid by credit card !
Unfortunately it is a hard lesson learnt as we are too trusting !
This man knew we needed a car for getting Rick to the hospital for his cancer check ups, but couldn’t have cared less !
The garage have had a good name round here for over 40 years and in one nights work by this B…..man have lost it, not to mention the thousands of pounds he took from them !
Because we just manage nicely on our pensions, decided to get a small loan for part of the money for this car, have now , not only lost our car and money, but still have to pay the loan back ! Where is the justice in that and he is still managing to keep one step ahead of the police !
And….that also means….no green house too !!
- 2 Feb, 2016
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