Online ads for expensive recreational vehicles and campers at bargain prices in Nebraska appear suspicious, according to a report by WOWT, Omaha.
A website posted photos and provided an address in Grand Island, Neb. But a Google map search and Grand Island police indicate there is only a vacant lot at the address listed on the website.
A California woman named Pam, who doesn’t want her last name used, believed there was a dealership and that her $20,000 down payment would lead to purchase of a motorhome. “On the website there were pictures of RVs with a sign in the background so absolutely I thought there was a big lot there,” she said.
Nebraska State Patrol Auto Fraud investigator Gene True said he couldn’t find any state license for Grand Island Truck and RV center. He said three buyers have filed reports that campers or motorhomes they purchased had not been delivered. True said one man drove to Grand Island from Oregon only to discover the dealership was not at the address on the website.
True said the victims have reported losses totaling almost $60,000, adding, “I’ve never heard of anybody getting their money back.”
A phone message still identifies the Grand Island truck and RV center. Messages have not been returned.
Tucson, Ariz.-based Pedata RV Center has introduced the “Fly and Buy” program for new RVers. According to a news release, the program “provides the cash many buyers need to get them to their new RV.”
“The only thing keeping many people from taking advantage of the extensive online inventory at Pedata RV Center is the fact that they don’t want to come up with out-of-pocket costs to fly or drive the distance to get to the recreational vehicle storage site,” said owner Gerard Pedata.
By using Pedata RV Center’s “Fly and Buy program,” new RVers can fly and pick up their new RV. Pedata said that people have come from all over the country and as far away as Japan.
“We have the best prices, the best customer service and a fantastic inventory,” he said. “And with the ‘Fly and Buy’ program we make it easier than ever for everyone to take full advantage of the Pedata RV Center program. The only fine print attached to this offer is that individuals using the ‘Fly and Buy’ program have to actually purchase a recreational vehicle.”
Pedata RV Center sells used RVs, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, campers and motorhomes and their full inventory is accessible online at http://www.pedatarvcenter.com.