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KarenMarie

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Ok, my borther lives in Shreevesport, LA. He is a classic car buff.

He bought a GTO and was restoring it. He found an interior, and purchased it then took the car and the kit to a company so they could install it. They guy verbally quoted my brother $800.00. The only time they spoke after the guy got the car, was after about a month, when my brother called to find out what was taking so long. They got a date of when the car would be ready.

when my brother went to pick up the car, the guy handed my brother a bill for $1,400.00.. When my brother asked for an explaination, he was told that they had to do 'extra' stuff. My brother looked and looked but could not find anything extra that was done that was above what the quote was.

The only think on the bill is:
$1400.00 install interior kit furnished by customer
nothing else. And when my brother asked for a breakdown of the charges, the guy got all nasty and threw my brother out of the shop. The guy still has the car and wont release it until my brother pays him $1,400.00

Does he have any recourse?
Thanks in advance, everyone!
:)

cliff notes: mechanic gives a verbal quote. He does not mention or ask for permission to do extra work. When the bill comes it is $600.00 more. The mechanic will not give a written explaination, or release the car.
 

Zim Hosein

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Have your brother call the cops on them! :|
 

vshah

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without a written agreement i'd think he's screwed. unless this guy has a history of screwing people over.

-Vivan
 

KarenMarie

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I told him to get a money order for the original quote of $800.00 and make it out ot the shop. Then get the local police or the sheriff to go to the shop with him, and get his car back and they can fight the 'extra' charges in court.

But I agree, without a WRITTEN quote, the siutation sucks.
 

CraigRT

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Originally posted by: Zim Hosein
Have your brother call the cops on them! :|

I agree as well.. the guy sounds like an ass... is it AMP performance by any chance? :)
 

KarenMarie

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Originally posted by: CraigRT
Originally posted by: Zim Hosein
Have your brother call the cops on them! :|

I agree as well.. the guy sounds like an ass... is it AMP performance by any chance? :)


I have no idea what kind of car it is. I am in NJ and he is in LA but I do know that he has four or five of these.

I cannot understand how the guy can hand him bill and not state in detail what the extra charges are for. If it was just a matter of $100. or even $200.00 I would advise that he just suck it up and learn his lesson about getting stuff in writing BEFORE. But $600.00 is a huge chunk of cash to be fvcked out of. Especially since the job does not appear to have anything 'extra' done to it. The fact that he wont say what the 'extra' work was, makes me so mad.


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