Colorado man accuses Carvana of selling him stolen, damaged vehicle
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A Colorado man has accused online used car retailer Carvana of selling him a stolen, damaged vehicle.
CARVANA ALLEGEDLY LEAVING CAR BUYERS ON THE HOOK AFTER SELLING CARS WITHOUT TITLE
According to a July 30 complaint, filed with the U.S. District Court of Colorado in Adams County and reviewed by FOX Business, buyer Dennis Atencio paid $300 down and financed over $22,000 with loan servicer Acceptance Corp. to purchase a white 2019 GMC Terrain from Carvana on Dec. 18, 2020.
The complaint states that a repossession company called Anytime Towing showed up at Atencio's front door on June 23, 2021, to take the vehicle out of his driveway. After Atencio explained to the repossession agent that he was up-to-date on his payments to Bridgecrest, he learned that the vehicle was being repossessed on behalf of Hertz Corporation.
The complaint accused Hertz of civil theft and trespass to chattel, or use of property without permission of the owner.
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Impounded in July
On July 29, 2021, Atencio was notified by the Denver Sheriff Department that the vehicle was impounded on July 22 and on a hold from police in Memphis, Tennessee.
A Memphis International Airport police report obtained and reviewed by FOX Business revealed that the vehicle was stolen from Hertz on May 6, 2020, several months before Atencio purchased it. A Hertz spokesperson told FOX Business that it was aware of the situation and was investigating.
A CarFax vehicle history report disclosed an odometer reading in Long Beach, California, on May 5, 2020. It also revealed that multiple titles had been opened on the car prior to Atencio's purchase. Atencio was able to recover the vehicle on Aug. 9 after showing his title and the CarFax report. He proceeded to order a vehicle inspection on Aug. 12.