Evan Axelbank reports
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Can a Bentley just disappear into thin air?
That's what a West Palm Beach businessman is asking himself, as a six-figure car he was responsible for, is missing.
Steven Yariv owns Dealers Choice Auto Transport.
His company is the middle man, moving cars around the country when dealers buy and sell them. But a Bentley that he was sending to New York City never made it.
It was an almost one-of-a-kind Bentley, a 2012 model with a white interior.
A dealer in the Big Apple wanted one for himself, so he bought it from a West Palm Beach dealer who used Yariv's company to ship it.
"Most people don't want a white interior," said Yariv. "This gentleman has great taste if you ask me."
It was supposed to be a two-day shipping process to New York involving only one subcontractor.
But he says they handed it off to a second one with a questionable past.
The car never showed up.
"The customer was extremely upset. He called us thirty, forty times a day and yelled and screamed."
He wrote a check for $168,000 to cover the cost.
"I was sick to my stomach when I found out about it," said Yariv.
Like any business owner, he says he has to make it right to the customer before he tracks down what happened to the car.
"It's somebody who can make money on it. They can get it on the overseas market. It has happened before, never to us, but I'm going to stand behind my product," said Yariv.
NewsChannel 5 has reached out to the two other companies involved in moving the Bentley, but hasn't heard back.
Yariv has contacted West Palm Beach police and a private investigator.
He is offering a $10,000 reward for anyone who can find the vehicle.