Dealership donates minivan to couple scammed in craigslist deal


Meet the Rakowskis, a couple from Michigan who recently purchased a minivan from a man they met on Craigslist.

The coupled needed the vehicle so that Mark Rakowiski could travel to Tennessee with his wife to visit his dying brother. Having health issues of his own, Mark Rakowski needed the extra space from the van to accommodate his bulky breathing equipment.

Living on a fixed income, the couple browsed through Craigslist ads and found the perfect fit: a 2002 Dodge Caravan with 100,000 miles for $2500. After making arrangements with the Rakowskis, the seller, who referred to himself as “B”, dropped off the van, a duplicate title and left with their money.

But when it came time to register the van, the Michigan Department of Motor Vehicles gave them some bad news. The car they had just bought had been reported stolen and would have to be seized by police.

The Rakowskis, now devastated, were left in tears as the $2500 they had saved for three years had quickly disappeared.

But when Right Way Automotive, a nearby used car dealership, heard about their story they contacted the couple and offered the Rakowskis a minivan to replace the one that was seized. Doug White and Ken Miller of Right Way Automotive dropped off a red 2007 Chrysler Town & Country at the Rakowskis home on friday, free of charge, along with complimentary oil changes and a 6 month warranty.

“I want to thank you for what you’ve done for us. I really appreciate it,” Mark Rakowski told WXYZ News.

According to WXYZ, police are still looking for the man who scammed the Rakowski’s and warn buyers to use caution when purchasing vehicles from private sellers. As for Right Way Automotive, the dealerships name couldn’t be more fitting.

News Source: WXYZ

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