Dan Shabo led me to beleive that he was to purchase my truck from me and resell it to a customer.He would obviously mark up the price to recieve a profit.I left the vehicle at his dealership for the customer to view and decide on.Before signing any paperwork on my part and without even contacting me,Dan sold the vehicle to the customer and released it into his posession.I still hold a loan for the vehicle which was to be paid-off by Dan with the remainder of the purchase in cash.This was a verbal agreement only.
10 days later I had to surprise him at the dealership to receive the cash portion of payment for the truck.A check was written and then cashed by me immediately for fear that the funds were not present.Paperwork was then signed stating that when the loan was paid-off by Dan,the title would be sent to his address.A loan payment was at that point 2 days past due and a sense of urgency was expressed on my part so that the pay-off would be made in a timely fashion.2 weeks later I received a statement in the mail from my bank stating that payment had not been received and that it was soon to be 30 days past due and reported to the credit bureau.This would ruin my credit which I work hard to maintain!Repeated phone calls were placed to the dealership with no response.
I went to the dealership just to have a phone handed to me with him on the other end.He proceeded to tell me that I contacted the new buyer and ruined the deal.(I have now been in contact with the buyer and found this to be another lie!)He told me he had no intention of paying off the loan any time soon and that he wasn't afraid of me.
I have now gotten the Rhode Island state police involved who have told me that this is not a criminal case,just a civil one.(He didn't smash my window and hotwire the truck,but I still consider this to be a stolen vehicle!)It has been 8 weeks now without payment.I found the name of the buyer and have contacted him.He has been unable to register the truck that he paid $17k for because his bank does not have the title.He is now driving the truck illegally and could be arrested and have the truck impounded since Dan seems to have better things to do with his money.
Now i'm paying my bank for a truck I do not posess and the buyer paid for a truck that legally belongs to my bank.Dan meanwhile is laughing himself to sleep at night.He seems to have no problem selling what I consider stolen property.He refuses to speak with the buyer,myself,or the state police.He stays away from his dealership for days at a time and hides in a hidden office when he is present but doesn't want to be disturbed.
Dan Shabo is a theif
Dan Shabo is a con artist
and what's worse......
Dan Shabo is a COWARD!!!!!
I am currently doing my best to find a news station that will take this story and put him on the news.I am young still and hope to soon get married and buy a house.That dream is pushed farther into the distance now that Dan has ruined my credit and is leaving me responsible for $8k that he is supposed to pay.I don't have the money for a lawyer nor the time to wait for a court case.Dan knows this and knows the law well enough to take advantage of it.
Dan is known by name with the rhode island state police,the glouster ri police dept, and the chepachet ri police dept.Other people have had the same problems that I am experiencing and yet he remains in buisness.I want to spread the word around as much as possible that he will do everything imaginable to take your money.The state police informed me that he sold their local priest a lemon and refuses to make good on it!!!Hopefully that act alone sends him to where he belongs in the afterlife.
Stay Away from Dan Shabo's Auto Store and pass the word!!
North Attleboro, Massachusetts