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Old 20-10-2019, 12:04 PM   #11
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The whole claim from the solicitors is over £20K to repair defective work, which is for the roof welds repairs and to repair the underneath of the van. the underneath was never part of Nige's work, it was never quoted for or part of the invoices.
At least you have a motive bubbling to the surface. A normal spray shop would turn away what they couldn’t or didn’t want to paint. It’s a clear money grab.

Hopefully the customer isn’t in on it.
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Is big Nige actually big, or is it a play on words like ‘little John’ in Robin Hood.?
We should ask big Greg.
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We should ask big Greg.


Reminds me of a quote from a film we have seen recently.

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Thanks all!

Big Nige is not that big, actually, he is not Nige at all! But without doubt, this is a case of a bodged inspection.


Luckily he does photograph everything, the roof pillar welds which is part of the accusations are about 10% of the welding work. The customer too would come and check the work for hours, checking every individual piece of work before paying for that invoice. He once would not pay as there were two small holes in the bottom of the door still, which was not finished yet, he paid once this 5-minute job was completed.

The spray shops evidence can be easily be refuted, They were not independent and are arguably not qualified to inspect welding work. Especially as they can't even tell the difference between old work and Nige's work, let alone the difference between a live wire and a negative one.
Funnily, one of the pick-up points from the spray shop was the jacking points were unwelded and dangerous. Nige was told not to work on these. However, when I checked the previous MOT's online, this was picked up on an MOT where the vehicle failed, 4 days later at a different MOT centre the vehicle passed. So obviously a dodgy MOT?

I said he should instruct the solicitor, subject to a fully independent inspection of the van, equally, he should be allowed to instruct an independent specialist to inspect the van, to inspect the work, with the sabotage taken into consideration, then when an outcome has been found, he should take action against the spray shop. I did offer to go and beat them up! Though I did add, that though satisfying, from experiance a legal route is better...

I told him, how can they take it further anyway, as Nige was texted by the spray shop blackmailing him that if he did pay for work, that actually was not completed! They would post photos on FB. That would ruin his business. Luckily he keeps texts too! One he received these texts he contacted the customers and told them that is they had any complaints return the van to his works and he would fix them. He is very driven to keeping customers happy, even if they are wankers!

They never returned his calls or texts.

Which inline with consumer rights, any problems should be brought to the garage's attention and they should be allowed resolve to fix them. Not just take them to court.
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The issue Nige! Has is the amount they are claiming it’s over £10k so that can be taken to the high court not your local county court etc legal fee’s are able to be claimed back in the high court so he needs to get legal advise now and kick them into touch ASAP before papers are submitted etc

He should get a local lawyer and give them everything he has to support his case, it might cost £500-1500 but that’s better then £20k plus
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