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Rental car sold online, bought for P900k

A car bought from an online listing at a low price was found to have been stolen from a car rental service, the case was referred to Kapuso Action Man.

According to a "24 Oras" report by Emil Sumangil on Wednesday, victim Kingfahad Nandino from General Santos City has been involved in the business of buying and selling vehicles.

He headed to Manila to purchase the unit from online seller “Cynthia (not her real name)”, who presented documents which Nandino thought were legitimate.

“Yung unit niya sa post kasi ang ganda. Maganda. Wala kang makikitang gasgas. Tapos yung price niya is mababa. 1.1 (Million pesos) pero natawaran ko ng P900 (thousand). Fully paid,” he said.

(The unit in the post was really good. You won’t see any scratches and the price was low. P1.1 Million but I was able to lower it to P900,000. Fully paid.)

The day after purchasing the car, he said that a man arrived at 2 a.m. and entered the car using a duplicate key.

When he checked and visited the address on the Official Receipt and the ORCR, it turned out that the real owner of the car was “Celia (not her real name)”, who owned a car rental business and held the complete legal documents.

“Ang sabi niya, yung sasakyan niya pinarentahan ko yan. Hindi ko alam na ganiyang binenta,” said Nandino.

(She said that she rented out the car. She didn’t know it was being sold)

Celia further said that she didn’t know the seller from the forged IDs presented.

She is now in possession of the car and has turned over the car rental agreement, two wireless GPS units, other documents. She also issued a statement to the authorities to help the investigation.

Meanwhile, Nandino said that he did not know the renter of the car and confirmed that he did not transact with said person.

The PNP Highway Patrol Group Special Operations Division Task Force Limbas said that they will be conducting investigations on the incident.

“Ibabacktrack natin. Papasok ito po ng estafa na ginamitan ng panloloko or deceit,” said PNP-HPG SOD Task Force Limbas Chief Police Colonel Joel Casupanan.

(We will backtrack on this. This will count as estafa used to defraud a person or deceit)

The seller, who refused to issue a statement, will be charged with Estafa and Concealing True Name.

Meanwhile, Casupanan advised the public to exercise caution when purchasing second hand vehicles.

“Pag ang presyo ng sasakyan ay napakababa [at] hindi akma sa kanyang modelo, eh isa na po yan na red flag. Kapag bibili ng sasakyan, laging isangguni sa LTO o di kaya sa HPG yung background ng sasakyan,” he said. 

(If the price of the car is too low [and] not in line with the model, then that’s a red flag. If you are buying a car, always consult it’s background with the LTO or HPG) — Jiselle Anne Casucian/BAP, GMA Integrated News