If your vehicle is in need of repair, the LAST place you probably want to think about taking it is to a shop operated by a criminal. As a matter of fact, if you are like most of the people that I have spoken with about this subject, it probably never occurred to you that convicted felons currently on probation/parole could get a business license and set up shop.
One of the nicest things about living here is that we know our neighbors and we do business on a handshake. And I hate the idea that we are losing that, but I believe we are. The trust we have always placed on a handshake is what criminals prey on and they (criminals and con-artists) are moving to NC in record numbers, not to mention all the ones that are home-grown.
And speaking of criminals and con-artists, let me introduce you to Todd David Goodman. Goodman is a convicted felon, currently on probation/parole and living in Atlantic Beach, NC. Goodman has also opened two shops locally under the name of Affordable Transmission & Auto Repair Center; both shops are on Hwy 70, one in the center of Havelock and the other in Morehead City, next to Kabuto’s. His ad in the yellow page directory offers a discount to seniors and Military. But this is not the story of a career criminal that has made amends and been rehabilitated. This is fair warning about a career criminal that has studied our laws very carefully and figured out how to rip people off and has figured out how to get away with it… most of the time. It’s the story of how Goodman has moved from one community to the next, ripping people off all along the way. And it’s a warning to our lawmakers as well, that we need to be able to defend ourselves… and we need help from you to do that.
Goodman claims to have been in the auto repair business in Greenville for the last 25 years, but his criminal, civil and prison records don’t support that claim. The current felony charges that are pending in Greenville would certainly suggest that he was in Greenville, at least for a short while… although not the way that he would like you to believe. He was in Greenville, ripping people off!
Goodman has a long criminal history that includes extortion, drugs, assaults, firearms, DWI, Malicious conduct by Prisoner (a particularly despicable offense) and the list goes on. There are dozens and dozens of lawsuits in his civil record, in half a dozen counties (and the number is growing).
If you go by court records, in 2007 Goodman would have been in Pitt County, then in 2006 Goodman would have been in Northampton County, then in Halifax County before that and Gastonia before that and Duplin County before that and Virginia in there somewhere (he has a criminal record there too), then you still have to calculate his prison stays in between all that… and well, you get the picture. Goodman appears to pick his “victim towns” by the location of his relatives, of which he is not the only one with a record. Family may be what brought him here too. Goodman’s sister Chris Atkinson and her husband Russell Atkinson both live in New Bern and work for Goodman in his Havelock shop.
How does he manage to rip off so many people? Here is the story that is repeated over and over again in court records. You (unwittingly) bring your car in to one of Goodman’s shops. He represents himself as a long time businessman in good standing in this community and the last one that he lived in (see criminal & prison records for a contrasting view of his career). He gives you a (competitive) quote for the work and may even offer you a free loaner vehicle. When you come to pick up your vehicle, the price you were quoted is now much higher, even as much as double. While you are arguing the price and trying to take proper legal action, Goodman begins billing you $25 a day for storage of your vehicle. By the time that you even get to court, he may have tacked on another $600 – $1,000 dollars!! And be forewarned, Goodman has learned how to use the court system. People that fight him in court, generally win, but only if they are committed to the cause, which means that you may have to go through the appeals process. The times when Goodman wins, are when people do not know how to use the court system or when they give up too soon. By the way… Goodman currently has WELL OVER 40 vehicles titled in his name!! Guess where he got them?
HOWEVER… AND TAKE THIS WARNING SERIOUSLY!!! If you are one of the fortunate ones that do get your vehicle back (and you may not)… your vehicle may not be safe for you to drive!! There are complaints of broken parts being installed in customer’s vehicles and even malicious damage done to vehicles while in Goodman’s shop.
And if you are thinking that you have a great lawsuit for damages, think again. Criminals don’t have “assets” that you can attach. They don’t buy real estate and they don’t care if you put them out of business, because there’s always another town just down the road… and oh yeah… Goodman has more relatives that will help him out.
Goodman’s shops offer a “warranty” too, but “a warranty” is not worth any more than the person that is standing behind it… in this case, the person standing behind your warranty is a convicted felon, on probation/parole that owns no property that you can attach by judgment.
Most recently, Goodman was sued for refusing to return a deposit to a customer. According to the court records, the customer ordered a custom transmission for which Goodman required a $1,000 deposit at that time of order. Later Goodman called the customer and informed him that they were unable to supply the special order parts, but REFUSED to refund the customers deposit. Guard your CASH!!
If you have had any dealings at all with Todd Goodman or Affordable Transmission, we want to hear from you. Email us at: StopCrime@LocalDirtBags.com.
And just in case you are wondering what that recent conviction for Malicious Conduct by Prisoner is, here is the legal description:
NC General Statute § 14-258.4. Malicious conduct by prisoner.
(a) Any person in the custody of the Department of Correction… who knowingly and willfully throws, emits, or causes to be used as a projectile, bodily fluids or excrement at a person who is an employee of the State or a local government while the employee is in the performance of the employee’s duties is guilty of a Class F felony. The provisions of this section apply to violations committed inside or outside of the prison, jail, detention center, or other confinement facility.
The Motor Vehicle Statute clearly states that it is a criminal violation of law to hold and/or sell a vehicle with an open or blank title. Several people have told me that they purchased vehicles from Goodman this way. If you have purchased a vehicle from this man with an open title, please contact the DMV Inspector.
A quick trip to local courthouse can produce a wealth of information… and so can we. Contact us if you have questions, a story, need help or information…
If you have an issue with Goodman right now or another business that you believe has treated you unfairly, the Attorney General’s Office is a great place to start. AND BY ALL MEANS, post your story here and
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Note: in 2010 Todd Goodman closed the Affordable Transmission shop in Morehead City and opened Affordable Transmission on Capitol Blvd in Raleigh, NC where he targets seniors and students by offering “discounts” to those groups.