Buying a used car? Get the title first! Valley man accused of selling cars without titles

Posted at 7:49 PM, Aug 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-15 09:54:11-04

He allegedly sold cars he didn't own and used Craigslist to lure his victims.

We've been following Sam Howie for months now.

Peter let me know his family lost $9,400 to Howie.

He says after paying the money and getting the car, he couldn't get a title.

And he says Howie had nothing but excuses.

Last year, Chandra Chodagam told us the same story involving a different car.

He says he paid $6,100 cash.

And he too couldn't get the title.

Chandra says he found the car was actually owned by someone else and he returned it to that owner.

Chandra says Howie gave him back $1,200 in cash and the rest in a bad check.

Howie told us he would repay Chandra.

That didn't happen last we checked.

Peter says he also returned his car to the real owner.

We tried contacting Howie about Peter's case, but couldn't get through on the numbers we have for him.

But Chandra's case is part of the fraud and theft charges brought against Howie.

Howie pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

If you're buying a used car from anyone, be careful. I've seen so many problems, I would demand a title before spending any money.