NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB)–
More than a month after suddenly shutting down the doors to Northampton Motor Classics remain closed; the property still abanonded, and customers are still struggling to get by.
“It’s really stressful when youre trying to run a business and getting back and forth to work and kids to camp, and all of those kinds of things. it’s been, it’s been really frustrating,” victim Cheryl Maffei said.
Maffei paid over $11,000 dollars for a Mazda Sport. She was told the title to the car would arrive while she was on vacation, but it was a trip that her new car could barely make.
“We had to use the air conditioner because it was hot and we wanted to use cruise control,” Maffei said. “None of those could be used because it made check engine light start blinking.”
The Mazda also leaked oil and blew white smoke through the exhaust pipe. When Maffei returned from her trip to Motor Classics so she could fix her car and pick up her title, the dealership had disappeared.
Dealer Service Corporation, a third party vendor in Indiana, has been holding Maffei’s title as collateral against Motor Classics owner Andrew Feuerstein ever since. Because of state law, they promised Maffei she would get her title today, but it never came. Northampton Auto Sales owner Joe Wisneski knows the feeling. Dealer Service also has the title to a truck he bought.
“I’m told I will see it. I was told I would see it last Friday, I haven’t seen it,” Wisneski said. “I was told I would have received it yesterday, I haven’t seen it.”
Until he does, Wisneski is out $11,000. Maffei is asking her friends for rides, and Feuerstein is yet to face charges for scamming at least 16 customers out of titles. The Attorney General’s office is investigating the incidents, but victims’ patience is running out.
“If he broke into my bakery and stole that money he’d be arrested so I’m not understanding the process,” Maffei said. “If all these people have presented documentation to the Attorney General, what’s going on?”
We did call back to the Attorney General’s Office and they assure us that they have recieved complaints and are continuing to review them. We believe that the number of people who need titles is between 16 and 18. We called and stopped by Feuerstein’s home in Hartford but have not heard back from him. Dealer Services also did not return our calls. Ultimately, it’s Feuerstein that is liable for all the losses. His license to operate Motor Classics in Northampton was completely revoked on July 12th. The property’s owner, Dana Goodfield, says he is close to finding a new dealer to move in to the abandoned property.