Posted: Aug 13, 2014 10:01 PM
Updated: Aug 14, 2014 7:29 AM
McALLEN - A woman said she was surprised when the car she bought for her daughter was repossessed just three weeks after they drove it off the lot.
Magdalena Martinez said she bought the 2010 Dodge Charger from Dos Primos Auto Sales in south McAllen.
The car was supposed to be a graduation present for her daughter. Martinez said she is now out of $10,000. She called 5 On Your Side for help.
"I could have gone anywhere else, but I figured ... it'd be safer to go to a car lot than to buy one off the street," Martinez said.
Martinez purchased the car in mid-May and drove it around for three weeks.
"Then, it goes missing. I assumed it had been stolen," Martinez said.
Martinez called police and a detective told her the car had been repossessed by a different car lot.
Menchaca Auto Sales of Harlingen picked up the car.
Martinez found out that the woman who bought the car from Menchaca later sold it to Dos Primos.
Martinez said she went to the dealership to get her money back. They told her she would have to contact the woman who owned the car before Dos Primos bought it.
"I shouldn't have to go after her. I should be able to get my money back from Dos Primos," Martinez said.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS visited Dos Primos to get their side of the story.
"They just called me to tell you that I cannot comment on anything," said Lupita Hernandez, with Dos Primos.
Hernandez said CHANNEL 5 NEWS would have to speak with their attorney.
Attorney Oscar Alvarez said the car's title was clear when Dos Primos bought the unit. Alvarez said he didn't believe Dos Primos was at fault. He said they are working with Martinez's lawyer to find a solution.