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I just wanted to get it out there in case someone else runs across this "car" and the "seller" attempts to scam anyone else. While hunting for a 4C LE, I came across a no-name dealer in TX listing one for a paltry $35k. Seemed suspiciously inexpensive (about average NADA trade-in value), but I ran a CARFAX and it came back clean, so I sent an email through Cars.com. I got a very basic email response which led me to believe I was dealing with a private seller, so I asked and a "Gillis Jonsson" ([email protected]) identified himself as a private seller. Checked the next day and noticed the car was no longer on Cars.com.

After a couple emails back and forth, he linked me to a "joy-drive.com" and instructed me to enter a stock number to pull up the listing where he claimed he had the car "on consignment." in Seattle. I searched Joydrive and it all seemed to check out, but some things just didn't sit right. The "dealer" offered free enclosed transport shipping anywhere in the country which was a big red flag because I know how much enclosed transport costs, and the link to the CARFAX report did not work. Also, if the car was on consignment, why couldn't I find it listed for sale anywhere else?

To make a long story short, I did some digging around and discovered that this site is a fraud designed to mimic the real company known as Joydrive whose actual website is "joydrive.com"; they are an online car seller similar to Carvana and Vroom. After contacting the actual company and confirming that this site is indeed a scam attempt, I blocked the email address and have been reporting it to a couple car enthusiast pages.

Once more to recap, if you come across VIN ZARBAAC42FM143761 or any other enthusiast car where you are instructed to enter a stock number and cannot otherwise view dealer inventory, run run away! I've been Googling and someone else has reported a similar scam with a BMW he was looking for. These scumbags are getting awfully clever these days!
 

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I just wanted to get it out there in case someone else runs across this "car" and the "seller" attempts to scam anyone else. While hunting for a 4C LE, I came across a no-name dealer in TX listing one for a paltry $35k. Seemed suspiciously inexpensive (about average NADA trade-in value), but I ran a CARFAX and it came back clean, so I sent an email through Cars.com. I got a very basic email response which led me to believe I was dealing with a private seller, so I asked and a "Gillis Jonsson" ([email protected]) identified himself as a private seller. Checked the next day and noticed the car was no longer on Cars.com.

After a couple emails back and forth, he linked me to a "joy-drive.com" and instructed me to enter a stock number to pull up the listing where he claimed he had the car "on consignment." in Seattle. I searched Joydrive and it all seemed to check out, but some things just didn't sit right. The "dealer" offered free enclosed transport shipping anywhere in the country which was a big red flag because I know how much enclosed transport costs, and the link to the CARFAX report did not work. Also, if the car was on consignment, why couldn't I find it listed for sale anywhere else?

To make a long story short, I did some digging around and discovered that this site is a fraud designed to mimic the real company known as Joydrive whose actual website is "joydrive.com"; they are an online car seller similar to Carvana and Vroom. After contacting the actual company and confirming that this site is indeed a scam attempt, I blocked the email address and have been reporting it to a couple car enthusiast pages.

Once more to recap, if you come across VIN ZARBAAC42FM143761 or any other enthusiast car where you are instructed to enter a stock number and cannot otherwise view dealer inventory, run run away! I've been Googling and someone else has reported a similar scam with a BMW he was looking for. These scumbags are getting awfully clever these days!
Good sleuthing. You’ve likely saved someone from serious financial heartache. Well done.
 

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Unfortunately in my search I can across a few suspicious sellers. i think covid is helping fuel the scammers because most don’t want to fly out and inspect the car.
 

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Didn't someone else almost get scammed here on this as well?
Posted about Joy Drive in this thread


Here's another scam listing today

I've flagged it for removal, but took a screenshot for reference
 

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