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Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by busowner987, Oct 8, 2020.

  1. busowner987

    busowner987 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We recently had a problem van and chucked a fair few quid at it.

    Local mechanic that claimed he was changing this part and that part etc and charge quite a few quid in the process.

    Smelt a rat as the driver is quite clued up him self and pulled him when he noticed he had not changed a part that he said he was there todo and had charge nearly 1k for.

    Anyway long story short he left the van no better than when he first started (over 2k lighter as well)

    He then stopped answering phone and messages and ignored us. Despite us asking on several occasions for invoices to be sent over. We always promptly via bacs when he asked.

    He has been paid for other works on a different van that have not been done and is obviously now not replying to us.

    Everything was doing via the phone so no paperworks to say what he was going to do.

    Is this worth taking it further or a lost cause?
    Posted: Oct 8, 2020 By: busowner987 Member since: Aug 27, 2019
  2. Paul Norman

    Paul Norman UKBF Ace Free Member

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    Maybe a call to trading standards - that might at least protect others.

    But otherwise? This guy is just going to go to ground, and probably has less than 2 quid to his name.

    Take your van to a reputable repairer. Even a main dealer, dare I radically suggest. Because in the long run, the well set up repairers are cheaper than the dodgy ones.
    Posted: Oct 8, 2020 By: Paul Norman Member since: Apr 8, 2010
  3. Alison Moore

    Alison Moore UKBF Enthusiast Full Member

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    You could speak to your bank to see if the bacs payment is reversible. I appreciate that usually it isn't, but I learnt the other day that in exceptional circumstances it can be. Definitely chase, hound, turn up and speak to him - people find it easy to ignore a phone call, not so easy to ignore a person. And, I know it's easy with hindsight, but never make a payment as a business without an invoice.
    Posted: Oct 8, 2020 By: Alison Moore Member since: Aug 4, 2016
  4. Big G

    Big G UKBF Regular Free Member

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    sorry to hear about this.

    I note you say that everything was by phone but it was not. You have the evidence on bank transfers to him that proves that there was some sort of contract formed. This will be enough to chase for the recovery of your funds and, if he defends it, it will be your word against his based on witness statements and evidence that are signed by a statement of truth. You could also list exactly what you believed you were paying for and then have an independent mechanic/expert look at the vehicles and confirm if any of the works have been done and to what standard.

    Definitely not a lost cause in my opinion.

    Did the bank transfers go to him personally or to a business name?
    Posted: Oct 8, 2020 By: Big G Member since: Dec 15, 2010
  5. SillyBill

    SillyBill UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Fortunately I've always sorted these things out before it has gone too far but I doubt I'd have too many morals in taking it further if it needed to and they brought it on themselves. One of the benefits of producing a lot of scrap metal is I have gotten to know some interesting contacts that quite like me and are certainly not the types you'd want to get into a disagreement with at the pub. Dear Jimmy tapped me on the shoulder once and advised me if I ever had any problems (not inferring what said "problems" could be but clearly understood) to give him a call. I'd be dialling his number on this occasion and asking for a house visit to be paid. I wouldn't condone this typically but for someone who has fraudulently claimed money or involved in some other nefarious dealing they'd have it coming IMO.
    Posted: Oct 9, 2020 By: SillyBill Member since: Dec 11, 2019
  6. STDFR33

    STDFR33 UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    Posted: Oct 10, 2020 By: STDFR33 Member since: Aug 7, 2016
  7. busowner987

    busowner987 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yes same van. We went to a 'specialist van dealer' big forecourt etc but once and once only. We did have a reliable supplier but they got greedy.

    SillyBill - Always handy to know people like that!
    Posted: Oct 15, 2020 By: busowner987 Member since: Aug 27, 2019