Ontario Man Says He’s out $65,000 After Uninsured Mercedes-AMG GLE63 Was Stolen During Test Drive
File this one under: lesson probably not learned. The owner of a 2017 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 tried to make a quick buck when the luxury vehicle was stolen on a test drive. How exactly did this happen, and has the owner recovered the AMG SUV yet?
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLE63 was stolen during a test drive
According to the local news station CTV News Toronto, the owner of the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S tried was trying to sell the vehicle on Autotrader. The owner, Marco, listed the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 on Autotrader and was hoping to make some quick money on the flip. He asked the news station not to use his full name.
Marco purchased the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S after borrowing some money from his family members. He allegedly paid about $65,000 for the luxury SUV. “I had a 2017 Mercedes SUV for sale. A very exotic, expensive SUV. I listed it for sale on Autotrader,” Marco said.
Unfortunately, this is where Marco messed up. He did not insure the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S before trying to sell it. The vehicle did not have a plate and was not registered before the test drive.
The potential buyer of the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 asked to sit in the driver’s seat during the test drive
When someone showed interest in the Mercedes-AMG GLE63, he offered to meet the potential buyer to test drive the vehicle. Marco said he didn’t want the men to drive the SUV because he did not insure it. He allowed one of the potential buyers to sit in the driver’s seat for a minute when he stepped out to take a call.
“He was in the car revving the engine, with one foot out the door and I was by the door just holding it open. Then my phone rang and when it did I backed away from the car. He slammed the door, locks it, and tries to drive off.”CTV News Toronto
Marco said that once the thief locked the doors, the man sped off. The second person took off in the original car the pair arrived in. It was then that Marco knew he messed up. He said he didn’t realize until that moment that the plan all along was to steal the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 during the test drive.
There are a variety of lessons to be learned here
The entire meeting only took about 10 minutes before the vehicle was stolen. He watched the thief drive off in his uninsured $65,000 Mercedes-AMG GLE63, and there was not much he could do about it. Marco said he started to try and call the police along with the help of some onlookers.
The York Regional Police Department is working with Marco on the case. So far, the AM SUV has not been located. He hopes that sharing his story will bring awareness to others in a similar situation. There has been a rise of similar stolen vehicles in the area in the past few years.
There are various ways to avoid being put in a situation like this. Do not use all of your borrowed money to buy a vehicle to flip it. If you do that anyway, it is a good idea to insure the car. If you plan to sell it to a private party, it should definitely be insured. Don’t take phone calls while letting strangers drive your vehicle. And definitely, definitely, do not let strangers drive off in your uninsured Mercedes-AMG GLE63.