Exclusive: Auto dealer investigated, buyers don’t receive car titles

Koroush Ghasemi

Koroush Ghasemi

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DENVER — A former Denver based auto-dealer is under investigation, after dozens of former clients came forward, claiming the dealership’s owner never sent them titles to the vehicles they purchased from him.

According to the Colorado Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicle Fraud, more than 40 complaints have been filed against ABC Auto-Sales and its owner, Koroush Ghasemi.

One of those victims, “Mike,” who did not want to be identified by his real name, says he purchased a $6,800 car from Ghasemi and waited months to receive his proof of ownership — but it never came.

“It’s just been really frustrating,” Mike said. “All my money went into this one piece of paper. I don’t have that to show for my vehicle.”

Mike says he fears the slew of problems he could face by not having a title, including not being able to register the car, troubles securing auto-insurance, and the difficulty of proving he is the owner of the car — with no legally binding paperwork.

“If you don’t have a title, you’re not technically the owner of the vehicle, even if you’ve paid for it,” says Megan Herrera, with the Denver Better Business Bureau.

The BBB also received more than a dozen customer complaints about ABC Auto Sales, but Herrera says “the company didn’t respond to any of the complaints it received in 2013.”

Though we reached out to Koroush Ghasemi on several occasions, neither he nor his lawyer would explain why he never sent the titles to the car buyers.

By late June, Ghasemi handed over his dealership license to the DMV, meaning the business is permanently shut down. However, the Dept. of Revenue is still investigating Ghasemi — in large part due to Mike’s complaint.

However, the DMV would not comment on the case, explaining that it is an ongoing investigation and that “an on camera interview could jeopardize the integrity of the case.”

After several weeks of correspondence, FOX 31 has learned that the DMV is offering special temporary tags to anyone who purchased a car from ABC Auto and did not receive a title.

In case you recently purchased a car from Ghasemi and have waited more than 30 days for the dealer to send you a title, the Colorado Department of Revenue Auto Fraud Division can help. Call them at (303) 205-8383 or send them an e-mail: dor_investigationsunit@state.co.us

LINK: Colorado Department of Revenue Auto Industry Enforcement Group
LINK: Denver Better Business Bureau

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