Drivers out thousands of dollars after Treadz Auto suddenly shuts doors
CALGARY- Dozens of people whose vehicles disappeared after a Calgary car dealership suddenly shut down are still looking for answers.
Treadz Auto was in business for a decade, belonged to the Better Business Bureau and was licensed by the province. But earlier this summer, some drivers weren’t paid for cars sold on consignment, prompting an investigation from the province.
Last Tuesday, Treadz suddenly shut their doors for good, and all of the vehicles on its lot have disappeared.
“I’ve learned that the business has gone bankrupt,” says Steve Legault, who signed a contract with Treadz to sell his 1995 Corvette. “They moved all their cars out, and I’m in the dark as to where my car is.”
He says there were no red flags when he dropped off his car back in July.
“I felt great, I felt confident, totally comfortable. It felt like a legitimate business, like any other car dealership I’ve dealt with over the years.”
He has since filed a police statement and a Facebook page has been set up for all of the victims.
“We’re all in the dark. We don’t know what we’re supposed to do now or how proceedings are going along, so it’s a frustrating process.
“To know that somebody just took $20 thousand dollars out of your pocket, it’s a violation.”
The province has since cancelled Treadz’s business licence, and the BBB revoked their membership.
Anyone victimized by Treadz Auto is asked to file a complaint with the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council.