ED Magedson – Founder
M Grawe Autos7740 Milestone Parkway, Hanover, Maryland USA
M Grawe Autos (Alexander) Scam auto-dealer; phishing for information and "too good to be true" promises Hanover Maryland
I found a 1972 DeTomosa Pantera for sale online for $19,500 and emailed the dealer. About one month later the dealer responded and said the car was available. (First red flag, why did it take so long to respond?)
I was of course interested in the car but it was "too good to be true". I contacted the dealer, Alexander, and spoke to him about the car and said that I could put a deposit down on the car and provide him the remainder in one months time. He agreed and then said that I could send the cash, and he would ship the car to me. I live in California and it would be approximately $900 for shipping. Cross country, this is an average cost of shipping.
I inquired into condition of the car and asked for the VIN, which he provided. Of course this being a 1972 I could not run a carfax and didn't want to spend $40+ and wait for a formal classic car report. The dealer volunteered a Bill of Sale with someone else's name on it. I googled and researched the individual and called him. He told me that a similar scenario happened to him and he backed out of the deal.
I have a friend nearby the location of the car and said I wanted to set up an appointment for him to verify the car. Upon verication I was happy to send the money, execute a bill of sale, and do the shipment details. The deal fell through when the dealer said the car was "sold for full price" prior to the inspection happening.
1) The deal was too good to be true and the Pantera was $15,000 underpriced at minimum. The other guy I spoke to said the same thing about the Porsche he was interested in.
2) Shipping is almost always a scam unless you do it yourself.
3) Any dealer willing to take a deposit and send you the car before full payment is either shady, or ridiculously stupid.
4) Their "office" was in a building that is largely vacant and although I do not have proof, I can almost guarantee that they do not have one of the cars on their website in stock in a "climate controlled warehouse."
Shady, shady, shady. And they're bad scammers. No money, no nothing from me with even a slight bit of investigation. If someone is able to actually buy a car from them and have it be real and sitting in their driveway, I would love to hear about it.
Thanks, good luck, be wary.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 12/11/2013 10:50 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/M-Grawe-Autos/Hanover-Maryland-21076/M-Grawe-Autos-Alexander-Scam-auto-dealer-phishing-for-information-and-too-good-to-be-1106136. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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