In the beginning of November I hired a chassis guy to install my sub-frame connectors and roll bar. He said he could start in 3 weeks. Three weeks later I call him and ask him to return my call and tell me if he is ready to do my job. No return call. A week later I call him again and he asks where I was - he expected me the previous weekend. So I bring the car to him on saturday December 8. He states that he will begin in a couple days.
The following friday I stop in to see what has been done and give him a deposit he requested. He had done no work, claiming some emergencies had come up, but that he would be starting in a couple days
Just before X-mas I call to check on things and he tells me he has been busy, but will be starting in the next couple days (see a pattern emerging here.)
On sunday December 30 I stop in to check on the car. He tells me this is the Lord's day and that he does no work and that he doesn't entertain customers on the Lord's day. I can grant him that, except that he had done some work for someone else I know on a sunday less than a month before. He said I should come back the next day, but there was nothing to see since he hadn't started the job yet. He also stated that I was getting to be pain in the ***.
The following day, I called him and left a message stating that since he seemed to be rather busy and couldn't get to my job at that time, that I would like to keep the car in my own garage until he could, providing me the opportunity to work on some other projects in the mean time. He called back and said that he couldn't do business with someone who didn't trust him and that he would rather return the deposit check and part company. He agreed to leave the car and roll cage material outside and to leave a check in the glove box.
I went and picked up the car and roll cage, but, of course, there was no check. I left him a message stating that he had "forgotten" to leave the check and that I expected it in the mail by the next saturday. He called me back the next day, the first, stating that he wanted to confirm the address and amount and that he would send out the check the next day.
It is now the 10th and no check has arrived. I am about to send out a registered letter, requesting the return of the money by the end of the month, otherwise I will initiate legal action (which means I take him to small claims court).
I am writing this as a form of venting. I guess I should have known better, but this guy's lack of ethics burns me up.