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    Amarillo Texas. Anyone heard of this place?

    Auto mall inc. Supposedly they only sell repossessed cars, and there prices are crazy cheap. but it all sounds to good to be true. Just wondering if anyone has heard of, seen, or dealt with this place.

    http://auto-mall-inc.com/


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rford09 View Post
    Auto mall inc. Supposedly they only sell repossessed cars, and there prices are crazy cheap. but it all sounds to good to be true. Just wondering if anyone has heard of, seen, or dealt with this place.

    http://auto-mall-inc.com/


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    Looks like a scam. Repo or not, they don't have to sell some of those cars so cheap.

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    If this is legit I got a check for them right now. Would love someone to verify their physical location and verify the legitimacy of this web site at the location. The free shipping turns my scammer senses on though.

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    OK, I'm going scam on this one. Google Street View the address they give, little abandoned car lot. No information about this business before Oct. 2010 and then all of a sudden they are everywhere. All their feedback is positive. No company has 100% positive feedback. Here is the real website for this place http://autoconnection.auto.officeliv...2301E10th.aspx. Bunch of crappy cars on this site. Phone numbers are the same so tomorrow I am going to call and give them the once over.

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    Any forum members live in Amarillo that can swing by the address of this place? The prices are too good to be true.

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    Nobody on this forum lives in amarillo?

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    Did anyone ever check into this?

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    Did you give them the 3rd degree on this?

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    http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/...arillo-address

    By Madelyn Bankhead-Vieth
    Editor's note: This report was modified to reflect the following correction: The website www.auto-mall-inc.com remains active but cannot be viewed from some IP addresses, such as those associated with the Amarillo Police Department and Amarillo Globe-News. A story Saturday on Page 5A contained incorrect information.


    The website boasted of low-price used and repossessed cars and pointed to a lot on 10th Avenue in Amarillo.

    But there's no Auto Mall Inc. in Amarillo, city police found.

    Auto Mall Inc. listed an address of 2301 E. 10th Ave. on its website, the same as Auto Connection, a used car dealership with four locations in Amarillo that is not associated with the online business.

    "We've had lots of phone calls from people investigating and trying to get somebody to talk to about these cars that they're advertising," said Steve Howard, manager of Auto Connection's 10th Avenue location. "It's obviously just a big scam and they've used my address."

    Howard said the lot has received about 15 calls a day about Auto Mall Inc.

    The Better Business Bureau has given the company its lowest rating available, an "F," said Amarillo office Chief Executive Officer Janna Kiehl.

    The company operated from www.auto-mall-inc.com, but by late Friday afternoon, it was only a blank page. A phone number with a Houston area code listed on Auto Mall Inc.'s website refers callers to an online contact form. The company had not responded to e-mail messages sent Friday afternoon.

    Neither charges nor an investigation are pending in Amarillo, said city police Sgt. Brent Barbee. Authorities said they are not aware if any locals were affected.

    "We haven't proven fraud or investigated fraud," he said. "The complaint came from an outside person, out of state. We checked into it to see if there was an offense here and established there was no offense in Amarillo."

    A Houston Police spokeswoman had no information Friday about Auto Mall Inc.

    The Amarillo Better Business Bureau office has received about six complaints about Auto Mall Inc. Four people claimed to have been scammed out of $7,000 to $8,000 they each wired to Auto Mall Inc., Kiehl said. They never received the cars.

    Willma McDonald of Palmdale, Calif., said she wired $8,055 on Nov. 2 from her bank to the company for a black 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK. She didn't receive the car or her money back.

    "I just felt OK about sending the money," McDonald, said. "It seemed legitimate."

    McDonald received an e-mail response from Auto Mall Inc. saying her money had gone through, but no confirmation e-mail to tell her when the vehicle would arrive.

    "I wouldn't even order toilet paper online anymore," she said. "It really got to me. People think this is never going to happen to them, but it does. ... A sucker is born every day, and I got included in that number."

    The local Better Business Bureau is continuing its investigation of the company, which boasted seven years of business in addition to its Amarillo address under the "About Us" section of its website.

    "We're not sure how (Auto Mall Inc.) operates or where they operate from or what exactly they're doing," Kiehl said of factors that contributed to the company's "F" rating.

    "Our investigations have shown that the company started operations online back in the end of October and that's when we first started getting calls on it."

    The BBB's online report of Auto Mall Inc. has received more than 1,200 inquiries, Kiehl said. She had fielded more than 30 phone calls by Friday afternoon, she said.

    "People are out there on the Net looking at this report and they're calling us and wanting more information," Kiehl said.

    "Fortunately, consumers are savvy and they will check it out, especially when they're buying large-ticket items like a car."

    The Potter-Randall Appraisal District does not list any business under Auto Mall Inc. in its database. However, a used car dealership named Auto Mall - without the Inc. - formerly operated at the 10th Avenue Auto Connection location, a representative said.

    Don Thompson, son of Auto Mall's owner, William Grant Thompson, said he is frustrated by the scandal. "I'm very shocked. ... I hope whoever's doing this gets caught and gets prosecuted," he said.

    He worked part-time for his dad's company, which closed five or six years ago, he said. Auto Mall did not have a website when it was open.

    Online con artists commonly "hijack" a business name and location to claim as their own, Kiehl said.

    "It's quite common with this type of scam," she said. "We do believe that the online company that is operating under that name (Auto Mall Inc.) has stolen or hijacked the name and location of this dealership here that was out of business."

    Auto Mall Inc.'s website displayed multiple logos along its sidebar, including a "CARFAX Certified Dealer" insignia telling customers to "Buy here with confidence."

    Carfax spokesman Chris Basso said the company does not certify dealers. "Any reputable dealer will be up front with you and give you the information you need to make an educated decision," Basso said.

    "Unfortunately, (scams) are popping up in different places, especially during the holidays when people are looking for great deals," he said.

    Basso's advice is echoed by both Kiehl and Barbee.

    "If it looks too good to be true, pay attention to your suspicions," Barbee said. "Any time you're online, you just have to be careful."

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