A man who offered to buy a Honda City car fled with the vehicle after taking it on a test drive from Sushant Lok area on Wednesday. The police said the unknown man had approached a used-car dealer — Direct Car Private Limited — in Wazirabad and expressed interest in buying a white Honda City.
Veenu Madhav, the owner of the store told the police that the man asked for a test drive before buying the car. He took the car for a drive with one of the dealer’s employees, Saumya. When they reached Devinder Vihar society in Sector 56, the man asked Saumya to alight and ring a door bell.
“As soon as Saumya alighted from the car, the man accelerated and fled the spot,” Madhav told the police in his complaint.
Based on Madhav’s complaint, the police has registered a case against the unknown accused under different sections of the Indian Penal Code, including breach of trust (406 IPC), at the Sushant Lok police station.
“We have lodged a case against the unknown man and are trying to procure a CCTV camera footage, if available,” a police spokesperson said.
The case cannot be dismissed as a one-off incident as a trend of duping car owners and dealers on the pretext of test drives is on the rise in Gurgaon.
On June 30, a Rewari resident’s attempt to sell his Maruti Swift VDI through a popular classifieds portal cost him his the vehicle, after a man, who offered to buy the car, fled with it on the pretext of a test drive in Manesar.
The victim, Rajnish Kumar, 40, a resident of Titarpur area in Rewari district in Haryana had put up an advertisement to sell his car. The unknown man got in touch with Kumar after seeing the advertisement.