ANGELS CAMP -- A lot once full of cars, now gone, in a Calaveras County mystery of a car dealership closing down abruptly. On Tuesday, the DMV said they placed 49ER Motors in Angels Camp out of business for abandonment.
It had been the go-to car dealership in Angels Camp, but the lot is now barren. The once neon open sign, dim.
"All of a sudden it was gone,” Angels Camp resident Priscilla Boynton told FOX40.
The only clue to what happened, a lone sign printed on white paper taped to a window stating that they’re "closed for business."
Boynton says that she had been planning to buy an SUV from the dealership until they closed down earlier in April.
We tried speaking with the owner of Auto Factory, John Ferrailo, in person. His company sold cars to the dealership. He tells FOX40 via phone interview that 14 cars are unaccounted, and he wants more than $145,000 back from the dealership owner, Greg Scott.
Scott didn’t want to speak with FOX40 on camera but says, what’s been reported so far isn’t true. And the missing vehicles? Not gone, he stressed, all sold. He even shared a text message with Ferraiolo, claiming the two agreed verbally that Scott would pay him back within 60 days.
The CHP is also investigating. Officers said that nine of the 14 vehicles are accounted for and none are considered stolen. Scott is working with them to provide proof of what happened with the other five.
As for Angels Camp fails who were in the market for a new, shiny car, they’ll have to wait or at least go to a nearby town to get one, "There’s a place in Sonora but this was the only place pretty much of what there was,” Boynton said.
Scott said that he will provide the CHP with copies of all the reported sales.