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Old 07-19-2013, 01:42 AM   #1
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body shop gone AWOL, need help!

What's up guys, well my e30 m3 project has come to a screeching holt. First of all I dropped my e30 off to get painted, interior re-done, and some style 5s re-finished in JAN 13. It has been over 6 months and my car is still not completed! That's not the worst of it. The bad news is within the past 2-3 months I've heard from my painter once! He apologize for not getting back to me and said he was working on other stuff and he had no updates for my car. Well he's borrowing space from a friend to do his business out of a storage facility in Tampa, FL. This is common around where I live for small independent shops. I've used him before on much smaller projects and with success but im afraid this project has been too much for him to handle. So now I have a e30 M3 sitting in someone's shop and no way to get ahold of them. His phone is turned off or no longer in service and I don't have the shop owners information. I have a buddy that has driven by the shop three times and its always been closed. I have another buddy that owns a performance shop that I use for all my performance mods has agreed to help me out in trying to locate the painter through his network. He stated that they cant legally keep my car because it would be grand theft since I don't owe them anything. But this question is, how do I legally get my car out of the shop if its always closed and I cant find the shop owner.

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Old 07-19-2013, 03:40 PM   #2
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Try contacting the owner of the facility where the car is located, explain the situation to them. If that doesn't work I know HCSO use to be pretty helpful in situations like this.

Or tell the old Lakeland FG crew where they can pick up the "free beer" (aka where the car is parked), fox and those fellas would love to do something slightly risque for free beer
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:20 AM   #3
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Try contacting the owner of the facility where the car is located, explain the situation to them. If that doesn't work I know HCSO use to be pretty helpful in situations like this.

Or tell the old Lakeland FG crew where they can pick up the "free beer" (aka where the car is parked), fox and those fellas would love to do something slightly risque for free beer
Thanks, already sent an email to the property owner. He said he would pass my information to the guy leasing the property.
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Old 07-20-2013, 07:23 AM   #4
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body shop gone AWOL, need help!

Just go take it. Leave him a note.

If he runs a shop out of a storage facility better hope he pays his bills or your M3 will end up on Storage Wars


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Old 07-20-2013, 08:12 AM   #5
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Re: body shop gone AWOL, need help!

Don't be bashfull or worry about feelings here. Its your car, and if the guy is being shady there is a fair chance you can be losing parts or your car entirly. Calling the property owner is good and if that doesnt pan out fast I would break in and take it.

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Very shady situation. I hope you get your M3 back in the same condition you left it. Don't let this slide another day. The E30 M3 is getting more valuable by the day.

I agree a good first step would be to contact the property manager. I would be wary of just going in and taking your car back, though. Who knows what weird laws may bite you.
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