ABN Amro, through its consumer credit subsidiary Alfam Defam, became involved in a multimillion-dollar scandal involving thousands of recovered lease cars. Various affected consumers are now without a car, but then still have to pay off their credit with an interest of 6,9% at Alfam. A spokesperson for ABN Amro confirms told the editors of De Telegraaf that lender Alfam Defam has a number of customers of the relevant company Car Driver Deals (CDD) from Maasbracht on its books. Usually this concerns loans of around €10.000 per customer.
In recent years, consumers could lease a car from CDD at an attractive rate, but had to pay their lease amount in advance for at least one year. However, part of that money was not passed on to the suppliers of the cars by CDD. The Automotive trade magazine was the first to report on the scandal last week. Also through our editorial team we kept on top of this case and closely followed the activities of the brothers Jan and Geert Golsteijn.
Lawyer Olivier van Hardenbroek (Delissen Martens) now represents several hundred victims in the lease scandal, some of them through their legal expenses insurer. We appointed a lawyer Olivier van Hardenbroek from The Hague the question of what is best for victims to do today.
The main tip is to remove personal belongings from the car and contact the car company that owns it. Advice is to cooperate with the return of the car and to report it to the legal expenses insurer if the injured party has it. Joining the office is absolutely not mandatory. The contractors can also submit their claim directly to CDD.
Van Hardenbroek is currently investigating whether there are assets that can be secured and whether there are parties that can be held responsible in addition to Car Driver Deals. An Autoweek journalist let slip that a bankruptcy petition had already been filed by a car company.