In your local communities, posing as respectable business people, you will find con artists, thieves and criminals. All just different names for the DIRT BAGS that have moved into our local towns and communities! And if you think they are not in YOUR neighborhood, THINK AGAIN! They are making enough money ripping people off that they can (and do) live in every neighborhood, even some of the wealthiest ones! That’s not an assumption, we know it for a fact. We could and would publish their home addresses if it were not against our policy. Dirt Bags rarely open up shops in their own neighborhoods for the same reason that “you don’t kill a skunk on your own doorstep”. So if they aren’t doing business in your neighborhood, it might very well be that they LIVE IN your neighborhood.
We’d like to help you understand how some of these cons work, so that you can be aware and hopefully protect yourself, your friends, your neighbors and your family from being ripped off. Some of these people have been getting away with crimes in our communities for years! Why haven’t they been arrested? Some of them have been, however, North Carolina laws were written – at and for – a time when business was done on a handshake. And that was good enough then. It’s no longer good enough, but our laws have not been updated sufficiently to protect us anymore. That’s not necessarily anyone’s fault, it’s more like a side effect of the rapid growth that NC has experienced over the last few years.
So your next thought is that you’ll file a law suit right? Sure. And that’s a good idea. But just before you do, you might want to do a little checking. You see, most criminals know that if they just don’t keep assets that you can attach with a judgment, then you probably won’t be able to collect anything even if you do win in court. Or maybe they’ll send you $5 or $10 dollars a month until they accumulate enough of these judgments against them and then they’ll file bankruptcy and wipe them all out! And if you think they don’t have that planned from the start, think again! We’ve been interviewing dirt bags and they tell us straight out, “bankruptcy is cheap”.
So what can you do? Well, for starters, stay tuned. We’re getting ready to publish a step-by-step account of how they work. You can also stop doing business with folks in the same old friendly way that you always have. It’s not good for you anymore. If you have already been ripped off, you can go to the page “What to do” here on this website. We provide a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process, along with phone numbers and links. And while we are focused primarily on auto rip-offs right now, those directions are good for other rip-offs as well. And you can always contact us, we’ll help any way we can.
While auto repair shops in general have had a reputation over time for ripping people off, Transmission Repair turn out to be the WORST of the worst. Transmission Shops attract LONG TERM criminals because it’s so much harder to prove the crime and it’s a big score almost every time. Think about it, if an auto mechanic SAYS he put a new alternator in your vehicle, but you think he really didn’t, it’s pretty easy to prove. You got to another mechanic, he opens the hood, looks at the alternator and tells you if it looks new or old. Simple, quick, relatively inexpensive. And even if you do get ripped you off, it’s likely to be in the neighborhood of $250 -$300. On the other hand, if a mechanic says he rebuilt your transmission and you think he really didn’t, the ONLY way to know that and to prove it, is to pay for another transmission job. And we’re not talking about a few hundred dollars, we’re likely talking $3,000 – $4,000! And in NC’s case, even if you do prove it, there isn’t much of a penalty under the current laws, which is why these guys hang around as long as they can, racking up victim after victim. Under current North Carolina law, there’s a bigger penalty for driving 10 miles over the speed limit than there is for a mechanic ripping you off!
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