CLEAR LAKE, Texas -- Socorro Hernandez thought her prayers had been answered when she found an affordably priced Honda Pilot for sale on Craigslist--but she certainly didn't think she'd be the star of an inspirational story. The single mom's previous minivan simply had stopped running, and she desperately needed a large-enough vehicle to transport her wheelchair-confined daughter to doctor's appointments. So she forked over $6,000 in cash for the 2009 model.
But when she went to transfer the title, she got terrible news: the one the seller had given her was a fake, and the car she had purchased was stolen from a dealership. She couldn't keep the minivan.
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That would've been the end of the story had dealership workers not gotten wind of how the car was found.
"Technically, she bought the car," Clear Lake Infiniti's General Manager Billy Frank said about Hernandez. "We feel we can make a right out of this wrong. It is the minimal thing we can do."
And they did. The dealership returned the car to Hernandez, holding a ceremony in which they gave her the keys.
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"She worked hard, saved up all that money," said Hernandez's older son, Pablo.
Luckily, her honest mistake was met with kindness and generosity. See Hernandez get her car back below.
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