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Car & Money Stolen? Not Sure What To Do?

On Friday the 28th our Car lost all power and went into limp mode, max 20MPH so we called our mobile mechanic who we have used numerous times, he fixed our clutch etc, always takes it away on a flatbed and returns it within 24-48 hours fixed with receipts and payment after work and always cheaper than anyone else.

So he turns up takes away the car and calls the next day advises its the swirl flaps are completely gone and needs to replace the whole unit £400+VAT for the Part + his work, so he wants £600.00.

He says he needs to money up front this time as its such a high price, so we agree as we trust him, why wouldn't we he has done this numerous times, know who he is, is numbers and address of the garage all online and check out.

He comes and collects the £600.00 and says the car has been dismantled just needs to put the new part back, and would be back with us in 24 hours.

3 days go by! no answer to his phone or messages (although it rings then goes to voicemail) then out of the blue his son texts me and says he had a car crash and was in hospital for 3 days, so we feel bad for going on at him, 2 days later he answers his phone and explains he won't be back in work until Tuesday just gone by, but our car will be fixed by Tuesday evening.

He messages on tuesday and says he has a backlog and will work on our car when he has time, so we ring to say no way he promised on tuesday…….

Its now thursday, he won't answer his phone, he won't respond to messages i can't get to the garage as its bloody miles away and I have no transport, I do not know what to do next? i am tempted to get the police involved, as i do not believe he was in a crash, i think he has done something with our money and is trying to delay, we have asked to return car and money instead and he just ignoring me at every point. i am doubting the fault now, in fact i am doubting everything,

anyone dealt with anything like this? before this experience he has been brilliant i just dont get it. If he was trying to scam me, he wouldn't be giving car crash stories etc his sim would be in the local river, its all strange.

What gets to me though, is we have 3 kids with disabilities, its been near impossible sorting transport out, and he knows this before he took the car we had a chat for about 30 minutes about the problems we have without the car, also £600.00 just before xmas we explained how this will come out of the kids budget and my eldest daughter has even been amazing at waiting until after xmas for something expensive she wanted (laptop) as she understands how desperately we needed the car fixed and running.

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Where do you live, can someone you know drive by the garage to see if your car is there

I can understand why you are panicking but if he is a legit garage who you have checked out and used in the past I would be tempted to bear with him. Involving the police seems an overreaction and unlikely to yield results. What law has he broken? He took the car with your consent he is just slow responding and fixing it. If you can't go and see him next best bet would be to write to him registered post so you have a record of the fact he received it stating that you need the car back ASAP and repaired. You might also try citizens advice or similar.

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internetshoppa

I can understand why you are panicking but if he is a legit garage who … I can understand why you are panicking but if he is a legit garage who you have checked out and used in the past I would be tempted to bear with him. Involving the police seems an overreaction and unlikely to yield results. What law has he broken? He took the car with your consent he is just slow responding and fixing it. If you can't go and see him next best bet would be to write to him registered post so you have a record of the fact he received it stating that you need the car back ASAP and repaired. You might also try citizens advice or similar.



Well I don't want to involve the police, but i spoke to the insurance company explained what's happening as so i am covered lol, and they said to contact police if he is not responding, but i can't see the police doing anything, ill get the usual civil matter crap, im just in a bit of a panic, with the time of year, difficulties we are having and his complete lack of communication, i mean if he just said look its going to be another week then fine i could relax, wouldn't be happy but he is just completely blanking us.

haritori

You know, you're always here to add your pointless comments, i bet you … You know, you're always here to add your pointless comments, i bet you wouldn't say it to anyones face, your a faceless coward. and misc would be far better off without you.



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Edited by: "deeky" 11th Dec 2014

It all seems strange to me, it's not as though it's some stranger that you've never used before is it?
Are you sure it isn't the fact that he really hasn't been able to get your work done yet, feels embarrassed and rather than be upfront with you is just making excuses and stalling for time?

how is the money and car stolen when you know where it is? oO

he has taken the car to bits so obviously cant return it and all the money

just give him time to get back on his feet

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haritori

You know, you're always here to add your pointless comments, i bet you … You know, you're always here to add your pointless comments, i bet you wouldn't say it to anyones face, your a faceless coward. and misc would be far better off without you.



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gerrymig

It all seems strange to me, it's not as though it's some stranger that … It all seems strange to me, it's not as though it's some stranger that you've never used before is it?Are you sure it isn't the fact that he really hasn't been able to get your work done yet, feels embarrassed and rather than be upfront with you is just making excuses and stalling for time?



I dont know lol, he wont speak to me or my mrs...

when he did ring us a week ago, my mrs said he was devastated that we thought he was ignoring us and he said he would never rip us off, yet 1 week on and ignoring us is what he is doing?? im confused lol.

Why dont you give one of us his number and or try witholding your number and ringing him again, what area do you live in

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Pauline1009

Why dont you give one of us his number and or try witholding your number … Why dont you give one of us his number and or try witholding your number and ringing him again, what area do you live in



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i know its a mobile but its been that for 2 years.

I tried withheld number no answer.

Edited by: "haritori" 11th Dec 2014

Anyone rung it? If not, I can do it now...

Edit - tried, rang and then went to VM.
Edited by: "miikeyblue" 11th Dec 2014

It's possible he has taken on too much work and is now way behind promised finishing times for his customers. Bit silly to avoid communication but he may be worried customers will want to take their cars elsewhere.

Can you call the son and speak calmly and ask for update?

There is a phone number listed on the internet it is xxxx
Edited by: "Pauline1009" 11th Dec 2014

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Pauline1009

There is a phone number listed on the internet it is 01646 xxx xxx



oh i missed that ill try that..
Edited by: "haritori" 11th Dec 2014

haritori

I dont know lol, he wont speak to me or my mrs... when he did ring us … I dont know lol, he wont speak to me or my mrs... when he did ring us a week ago, my mrs said he was devastated that we thought he was ignoring us and he said he would never rip us off, yet 1 week on and ignoring us is what he is doing?? im confused lol.



As I said it may be that he hasn't had chance to do your work and is making excuses rather than telling you the truth. I really hope that he comes through for you soon and you get your car back. It's rotten luck so close to Christmas but hopefully it will be sorted soon. Good Luck!

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miikeyblue

Anyone rung it? If not, I can do it now...Edit - tried, rang and then … Anyone rung it? If not, I can do it now...Edit - tried, rang and then went to VM.



thats what we are getting too.


Mark2111

It's possible he has taken on too much work and is now way behind … It's possible he has taken on too much work and is now way behind promised finishing times for his customers. Bit silly to avoid communication but he may be worried customers will want to take their cars elsewhere.Can you call the son and speak calmly and ask for update?



his son text me off his dads phone lol. so only one number i had.

let us know how you get on

Pauline1009

There is a phone number listed on the internet it is YYYYYYY



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Edited by: "deeky" 11th Dec 2014

Tbh haritori you may want to remove his details until you know for sure what has happened.

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miikeyblue

Tbh haritori you may want to remove his details until you know for sure … Tbh haritori you may want to remove his details until you know for sure what has happened.



I will. thx.

haritori

You know, you're always here to add your pointless comments, i bet you … You know, you're always here to add your pointless comments, i bet you wouldn't say it to anyones face, your a faceless coward. and misc would be far better off without you.


Hari', get a grip.

Stop letting silly little trolls get to you - you're better than that - never go down there - just let them shout up all they want; they have nothing but hurt, and want to share it.

As for the car situation, at this moment in time you don't know for certain what's happening, so don't let your mind wander.
Deal with what you know - not what you think.
What you know is the insurance company have told you to contact the police - do that now . . . and don't worry about it.

Hope this helps.
God bless.

haritori

I will. thx.



No worries. Would just be a shame to potentially affect his business if he is having a tough time.

Try this number 01646 693 023


Edited by: "Mark2111" 11th Dec 2014

Mark2111

Try this number 01646 693 023



Post #13 called. He wants you to stop trying to steal his thunder X)

ill do anything to get those chomps from you

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Pauline1009

ill do anything to get those chomps from you



well i was going to offer the garage some to hurry it up!! but he wont answer.

Text him & say you'll have no option but to get police involved as you believe he does not have the car.
Silly as it sounds, but he will get back to you ASAP.

Pauline1009

ill do anything to get those chomps from you



Ah, that's why you're here too then.

miikeyblue

Ah, that's why you're here too then.



Yep and dont forget i was here first

Pauline1009

Yep and dont forget i was here first



I was busy calling the garage. I was way ahead of ya.

Oh Hari, I feel for you. This was my situation last year. It's absolutely horrible. Slightly off topic, what Laptop is your daughter after?

miikeyblue

I was busy calling the garage. I was way ahead of ya.



Prove it

James is a mechanic at same garage trading as jp autos

His number is 07929156062

Edited by: "Mark2111" 11th Dec 2014

Someone phone him and if you manage to get through ask him about his recent accident and if he'd like to make a claim etc...

May be he is too busy to answer your calls, Some mechanics are so busy etc.. Or he feels harassed and is making you suffer etc..

Either way hope you get it sorted.

Banned

HANG ON

You won the Chomps and you're complaining about a little car and a couple of of quid?


Some people want everything in life and are never happy

Awesome effort peeps, what a community!

Banned

Hope you get your car back Pal, I'd burn down his garage and eat his Children but you might want to take another route.

On facebook there is a j p auto's and address is your venn garage at same address. His name is james. Write on his facebook or message him if no answer to above phone number i posted.

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I really want to get involved and phone him and annoy him on Facebook X) but I also want Haritori to get his car back with at least a Christmas tree air freshener as compensation.

bazzamone

I really want to get involved and phone him and annoy him on Facebook X) … I really want to get involved and phone him and annoy him on Facebook X) but I also want Haritori to get his car back with at least a Christmas tree air freshener as compensation.



Some paper foot mats would be nice as well.
Edited by: "Mark2111" 11th Dec 2014
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