JOHOR BARU: He sold his Toyota Camry for an Avanza due to cheaper maintenance but found himself having to pay more.
Retired lorry driver Chan Ah Kaw, 57, had approached a second-hand car dealer who told him he could sell the Camry and settle the RM100,000 bank loan by mid-August.
In September, when I checked with the bank, I was shocked to find that the loan was still not settled, Chan said, adding that he had even paid the dealer RM8,000 as commission for disposing of the car.
He went to the dealers office in Taman Nusa Bestari, Skudai, but it was closed.
I even tried to call him but the number was no longer in service, he told a press conference organised by Bandar Baru Tampoi MCA branch chairman Michael Tay.
Chan claimed that he trusted the dealer and handed over his car after signing the invoice for the sale. He even cancelled the cars insurance policy.
Chan managed to track down the new buyer, named Chin, who claimed to have paid RM53,000 to the dealer for the Camry.
I told the man that the car is still under my name as the ownership had not been transferred but he refused to listen.
He told me to refund the money if I wanted the car back, he said.
When contacted, Chin said he bought the Camry from the dealer in mid-August.
Chan, meanwhile, has to continue paying the RM1,800 monthly instalment for a further seven years.
Johor Baru (North) OCPD Asst Comm Ruslan Hassan said Chan and Chin had lodged reports.