Allowing strangers to rent your car through an app like Turo might sound like a good way to generate residual income — until someone tries to sell it.
Adrienne Lee (@ohmyadrienne), a TikToker, claims her car was stolen and sold on OfferUp for $27,000. Her first video on the subject garnered viral attention on the platform, with 3.6 million views.
“POV You pull up at midnight to steal back your car that someone stole and sold on OFFERUP for 27,000,” reads the text overlay on this video.
A message included in the clip notes that TikToker used Turo, an Airbnb-like platform but for cars, to rent out her car.
She claimed in the message that both the person who rented her car, a 2018 Mercedes-Benz, and Turo’s customer service amazed her. “The person I rented the car for doesn’t respond and Turo support keeps hanging up when I report it,” she wrote in the message.
@ohmyadrienne They had put their own seat covers and floor mats on 😭😭 #viral #fyp #turo ♬ Oh no – Kreepa
In a Storytime video, Lee says she “went back and forth” with a Turo customer who tried to book her vehicle but had their account flagged by the platform. “Red Flag No. 1,” she says.
She says there was a problem with the money in his account, but she didn’t want to turn down the request because it was an eight-day trip, which she describes as “significant.”
In the end, she says, “everything works” and the customer picked up the car.
“The night before [his] When the trip comes to an end, we get this message,” she says.
She says the customer told her in the message that he rented the car on behalf of someone else who didn’t reply to him and that Turo support hung up.
@ohmyadrienne replying to @ericorantes0 We should have known something was wrong from the first red flag! 🚩 #fyp #turo #viral ♬ Original sound – Adrienne Lee
“We had the impression that the car for [the customer] and [the customer] Just, so we immediately checked the trackers, we’re out the door,” she says. “We drive 30 minutes, we don’t know where we’re stopping, whose house this is, we just know that we’ll get our car back.”
@ohmyadrienne We were ready for anything! @khiree_esq #fyp #viral #turo #getitbackwithbabak ♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod & Kevin The Monkey
When they picked up the vehicle, Adrienne says the car was full of personal belongings, as if someone intended to keep it, with new seat covers and floor mats. They also found a bill for a smog test, which indicates someone tried to register the car, Adrienne says. Later, she says, they received a call from a police officer who was investigating a stolen car report they hadn’t filed.
“We really didn’t know the full extent of what had happened,” she says.
@ohmyadrienne do you think David was there?! #fyp #viral #turo #MINDORDERING ♬ Original sound – Adrienne Lee
The person whose name was on the smog test, she claims, sold the car on OfferUp for $27,000, and the person who bought it was the one who filed the report after the car went missing. She says police told her the person who sold the car was a known scammer.
Viewers are blown away that anyone would be willing to buy a car under such shady circumstances.
“I don’t know how anyone could have believed that a supposedly used Mercedes could be so cheap. That would have been my first red flag,” said one.
Others aimed at Turo. “Every time I hear from Turo, someone’s car gets stolen,” claimed another viewer.
And others joked about the seat cover and floor mats added to the car. “lmfao the bourgeois floor mats!!!” reads one of the top comments on the first video.
The Daily Dot contacted Adrienne via Instagram direct message, and OfferUp and Turo via email.
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*Initial publication: June 8, 2022 at 9:13 am CDT
Brooke Sjoberg is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot. She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020.
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/stolen-mercedes-benz-sold-on-offerup/ According to TikToker, someone sold their Mercedes-Benz on OfferUp for $27,000