Driver worries her car will disappear again
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – When Tina Wheeler’s 2015 Toyota Corolla was towed away on Jan. 9 she thought it was an innocent mistake by a repossession company, months later it happened again.
“I’m kind of worried when I go outside from work and home it’s going to be gone again,” Wheeler said.
ABC Action News called the tow truck company that repossessed her car on Jan. 9. A representative with South Florida Auto Recovery said their client sent a repo order out on the car but closed the case the same day Wheeler’s car was taken out of her Hillsborough County driveway. They also told us they never took the car. But, drag marks and an empty driveway where Wheeler’s car was parked suggest otherwise.
When asked if the driver made a mistake the representative said they check the plates and the VIN and take pictures for verification and that the car was never repossessed.
During the Jan. 9 tow Wheeler called 911 and reported her car was stolen. She says deputies told her the vehicle had a repo order on it and didn’t believe her payments were up to date.
“They kind of berate you and they are like you are just a young girl you guys don’t pay your payments this happens all the time,” Wheeler said. “And, it’s like I’m showing you I paid my payments, you’ve already admitted this was a wrongful towing you guys just need to put some faith in me and it’s terrible.”
Wheeler, 21, is making the payments but her parents co-signed for her. Wheeler’s mom showing us a letter from Grow Financial confirming they are up to date on their payments and a month ahead. The letter also mentioned that the bank doesn’t have a contract with South Florida Auto Recovery. Despite, the tow company telling us that the car was initially under a repo order by their client.
“I really feel helpless at this point,” Wheeler said.
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