LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Largo’s Consignment RV has failed to resolve complaints from a growing number of customers who say the company either sold their RVs and didn’t pay them or took their money and didn’t deliver the RVs they paid for.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is investigating four complaints, and recent online reviews show there are other disgruntled customers who say they have not been paid or the company was slow to pay.
This follows an 8 On Your Side investigation that started with Lornora Lundy’s complaint. Lundy was not paid off by the company, even though it sold her RV in June and collected the money. Lundy called 8 On Your Side four weeks ago.
At the time, Jeremy Raney, the owner of Consignment RV, told 8 On Your Side’s Better Call Behnken he had already mailed a check to Lundy’s bank. He even sent a copy of the check. That check hasn’t made it to Lundy’s bank, and that means Lundy is still on the hook for monthly payments on the RV she no longer has.
“I feel like it is stealing,” Lundy said. “I can’t believe their doors are still open.”
But the business is still open. 8 On Your Side observed several customers shopping Monday and checking out RVs. A woman who works at the business said Raney was not there because he was out picking up an RV to sell from “up north.”
That news infuriates a Largo couple who came forward to say their RV was sold and they are owed $135,000. Michael and Pam Lizotte say they weren’t paid for the RV and ended up taking it off their consignment shop lot themselves. They’re holding the RV until the shop pays them, leaving the new owner – who already paid the consignment dealer – with nothing.
The Lizotte’s traveled the country in their RV and turned to Consignment RV to sell it for them. The company was successful in just two weeks but then drug its feet when it came time to pay the Lizottes. And the couple say they were asked to pay off their bank loan themselves. That cost them $190,000.
Now, the couple is in limbo. They are afraid to sell the RV themselves since someone already paid for it, but they don’t want to turn it over without assurances they will get paid. Lizotte thinks the business should close until these issues are settled.