SACRAMENTO, CA - The front gate was open and several cars on the lot had their windows down, but people who bought a car from the Second Chance Auto Group were disappointed to find the office door locked.
"They don't answer the phones," said Luther Norwood, who came to pick up a 1992 Toyota Camry he had left at the dealership several weeks ago for warranty work on the transmission.
Sophia Simmons was there to try to get back the $3,000 her daughter spent on a car that had to be returned.
"They scammed me," Simmons said.
News10 was first contacted about the dealer problems by April Jean, who put $2,500 down on a 2006 Hyundai from Second Chance that was repossessed last week without explanation.
"My initial payment wasn't due until August and they took my car," she said.
Contacted by phone, dealer Dan Gordon blamed his finance manager for the collapse of the business.
"He lost all of the money and put us deeply in debt," Gordon said. "Then he took off."
Gordon said he was attempting to get authorities to file criminal charges against the finance manager.
April Jean offered little sympathy for Gordon.
"His name's on the license," she pointed out. "And you have to be more responsible for your business."
Norwood said the Toyota he bought last summer was supposed to be covered by an 18-month warranty.
He paid $40 to tow the car from the Second Chance lot Friday, and planned to spend another $1,700 to have the transmission replaced.
"It's the only transportation I've got," Norwood said.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net