INVESTIGATES: Marketing scheme uses Jacksonville homes to help sell cars without permission

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Jacksonville car dealership is accused of using homes to help sell cars without permission.

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Eldin Kalac’s Murray Hill home surveillance camera captured a woman pulling into his driveway, get out to take pictures of her car, and then pull away.

He later spotted an ad with the 2010 Nissan Maxima on Facebook Marketplace with his home in the background.

“I was concerned about people calling or coming to the actual place to find the car they’re looking for on Facebook Marketplace,” Kalac said. “It was definitely a really weird situation. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”

The listing is connected to Duval Deals on Wheels, which is on Lane Ave. on Jacksonville’s Westside. Several posts on the Marketplace used the same tactic.

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Action News Jax’s Robert Grant went to the address to get answers. No one answered the door, but he did talk to someone over the phone.

The woman, who would not share her name, said she was using the home as a better background for marketing purposes.

She later followed up with a text that said in part, “I didn’t mean any harm, there’s no trespassing signs up, as you can see in the video I was just taking pictures of the car. I wasn’t looking in [the] house [and] didn’t even walk near it. I have removed the post and won’t be taking pictures at houses like this anymore to avoid something like this from happening again.”

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Kalac asked if it was illegal. There is a term called “curbstoning” under Florida statute, which prohibits parking cars for sale on public right of ways or private property without the owner’s permission.

But Action News Jax’s Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson said the vehicle must be sitting in the driveway for at least 24 hours, and therefore likely wouldn’t apply to this situation.

He added that Kalac could file a complaint for invasion of privacy.

Kalac said he filed a report with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. He said an officer told him the woman couldn’t be arrested for trespassing unless she was physically there.

Kalac said all she had to do was ask. “If you ask me ahead of time and called or knocked on my door, I would be okay with it.”