Troubleshooters; Mechanic Complaint

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jan 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 16:14:47-04

On today’s Troubleshooters, a local man says he took 2 vehicles to a mechanic friend for repairs, in 2017.
Here it is 2019, and he still doesn’t have them back.

Ed Reynolds says he took a 2010 Equinox and a 2004 pick-up truck to Roger Roberts for repairs in 2017.
He also claims he gave Roberts $1200.00 cash up front each time he took his vehicles to him.
Not true, Roberts replied.
“When he brought you the vehicles, did he pay you $1200.00 each time ?” the Troubleshooters asked. “No” he replied.

Problem with all of this Reynolds admits he doesn’t have any paperwork to prove what he’s claiming.
But in September 2018, Reynolds sent Roberts a demand letter he posted on his front door.
“Ed Reynolds is therefore demanding services for the 2010 Equinox and the 2004 truck to be returned to Ed Reynolds in full operating condition as Roger originally promised it would be.”

And he let us listen to a phone message he says is from Roberts addressing the letter.
“Hey Ed, this is Roger. What’s this on my door ? What’s going on ?”

2 weeks ago, Reynolds took Roberts to Small Claims Court, but says Judge Jo Woolsey dismissed the case due to lack of jurisdiction.
He says tried CCPD. They said it was a civil case. He says they told him the DA’ss office wouldn’t pursue it either, for that reason.

For his part, Roberts told the Troubleshooters today what he and Reynolds had agreed to as far as returning both vehicles.
“Then he told me to leave the vehicles out on the street. Put the receipts in the glovebox and the keys underneath the floor mat. And that’s what i did. And after 3 days the vehicles were gone.”
And as of today, 2019, the vehicles are nowhere to be found.

That’s why Reynolds says he’s tried repeatedly contacting Roberts since last year about his vehicles.
“I looked at my phone log, and between May 2018 and December 2018. I called him 147 times.”

Reynolds have offered Roberts $2000.00 for all repairs he made. Roberts declined.