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Car dealer gives scammed teen new car after another dealer repoed ride he paid in cash



  • A 16-year-old boy paid nearly $10,000 in cash for a car that was later reposessed by the owner.
  • Jonathan Fredericks worked for a year to save money to buy a car but was later scammed.
  • A local car dealership stepped up and surprised the teen with a brand new car.

Jonathan Fredericks, a 16-year-old boy from Dallas, Texas, spent a year working at Chick-Fil-A to save up enough money to purchase a car.

When his grandfather took him to the Fort Worth dealership I Drive-DFW, they did not see a car they liked on the lot. However, the salesperson helping them out, James Steelman, offered them his Mazda CX5. Jonathan paid Steelman all $9,800 in cash for the vehicle.

Photo Credit: Frank Kent Motor Company

Five months later, the car was towed back to I Drive-DFW, where the manager said he had sold the Mazda SUV to Steelman just months prior, but had stopped receiving payments for it.

While the dealership and Steelman determine who owns the car, Jonathan was left without a ride or his hard-earned money. “I worked at Chick-fil-A for about a year saving up for that car,” Jonathan told CBS 11. “That’s the most frustrating part is how long I worked saving up for it.”

Recently, Frank Kent Motor Company saw Jonathan’s story and decided they wanted to make things right for him.

Photo Credit: Frank Kent Motor Company

“After seeing the story initially on CBS Dallas – we at Frank Kent knew we had to do something to take care of this kid and show him that not all dealers are sleazy like the one he had previous dealings with! So we reached out to the news station to get us in touch with him and, after getting in contact, let him know that we would like to donate a vehicle to him at no cost,” said the dealer’s marketing director, Aaron Hoernke.

The dealership donated a Kia Soul to Jonathan, making things right for a kid that was treated unfairly.

Source: Tank’s Good News