ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A man contacts News 4 when he started getting parking tickets on an SUV he thought was destroyed with the Cash for Clunkers program.
Chris Swope traded in his 2003 Chevy Trailblazer during the Cash for Clunkers, a government buy-back program that resulted in thousands of old vehicles being traded in for newer fuel-efficient models. The old vehicles were then supposed to be destroyed.
Swope got rid of the vehicle 18 months ago but for all he knows it is being driven by someone else with plates under his name and he is worried about what could happen next.
“This is a nominal thing – the parking tickets, but what if it was a hit-and-run?” Swope said. “What if he gets in worse trouble? That is my name on the license plate.”
News 4 then went to Pundmann Ford in St. Charles where Swope traded the vehicle in July 2009. Doug Kohnen, general manager, says the engine was disabled. He was also able to show the title and where he sold the car to, Riverside Salvage in St. Louis.
Richard Andrews, owner of Riverside Salvage, could not find the title for the SUV and suspects someone may have stolen the vehicle identification number.
A Department of Motor Vehicles official promised to get Swope’s name removed from the plates. The mystery continues as to where the car is.