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  • james25 Oct 25, 2010

    To everyone who has a car at this shop. My name is James G. and I run a BioMedical company in Raleigh for the past 18 years and am a car collector.
    Because I too have had this issue of being taken, I opened a well funded restoration shop for my cars and other clients. It is located in the Lillington area; it is Classic & Custom cars, LLC. 910-814-4246. We are by East Coast Classic Cars @ 303 E. Cornelius Harnett Blvd. Many cars have come to us from other shops that TOOK their money and did little to nothing. We offer a special rate for victims of this type of scam. Please call my shop if you are in need of moving your car to a safe, reliable shop. Please ask around, I have a sterling reputation and a passion for cars.
    Did you know, 80+% of restoration shops do this type of bad business to their clients!!!
    Sincerely,
    James G.

  • gregw2 Oct 25, 2010

    This guy has been doing this for years. Many of the same excuses i see here, he gave to me as well back in 2003. You have to wonder at what point will the authorities step in and do something about him. To cheat so many over so long a period has to be criminal.

    To cheat a deploying soldier is about as low as you can get.

  • pyranna Oct 22, 2010

    Car restoration, DIY you might learn something. Same thing with old houses. They're a money pit.

  • sharoningram Oct 22, 2010

    The reason that he had problem employees is probably because they weren't getting paid and if they were given a paycheck it bounced!

  • Raptor06 Oct 22, 2010

    One of my co-workers cut his loses and picked up his car about two weeks ago. The car was supposed to be available the summer of 2009. Like others, the car is no way close to completion. Too bad, though. I'm looking for someone to do some work on my classic Thunderbird. I guess I'll use that money to purchase a new Boss 302 Mustang when they go on sale next year.

  • paunderwood Oct 22, 2010

    WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO DOING THE WORK BEFORE YOU GET PAID? MAYBE A DOWNPAYMENT, WITH THE BULK OF THE PAYMENT GIVEN AFTER THE JOB IS COMPLETE AND APPROVED. PROBLEM SOLVED.

  • stickkens Oct 22, 2010

    Add me to the list! I drop off my 1972 Datsun 240Z at Brian's shop on Oct. 03, 1905 for restoral. The car is still setting on the lot with little work done to it. In 1909 he told me the car would be finished by the summer, it is still there just as it was about six months after I dropped it off. I am out of $7,350 with nothing to show for it. First his excuse was the damage to the shop from the storm now his excuse is he has been sick. Stickkens!

  • Pseudonym Oct 22, 2010

    What's the fun in having an old car if you don't work on it yourself? One of the fun things about restoring old cars is knowing every nook and cranny of that vehicle and learning new things about how cars work.

    It's bad enough we're outsourcing our careers, now we're outsourcing our hobbies!

  • lallard101 Oct 22, 2010

    Why and how is this guy still in business. We need to get the word out. He was suppose to restore a Mustang for us. Took our money and kept saying oh yes next week , but next week never came. He ofcourse still has our money and we got back a car in worse shape. He wrecked the hood. The orginal hood to the Mustang. Never told us and could care less. They backed into at the shop. We are out thousands of dollars that my military husband worked hard for. He doesnt care. Don't go there!!!!!

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 22, 2010

    I think this business owner is not a good business man. The worst thing that a business can do is cheat customers. Word of mouth is lots more effective than television and radio ads. I've never bought anything just because of a commercial, but I've purchased and avoiding purchasing because of customer ratings. It's a shame too - I'd like to have a muscle car again some day.

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Oct 22, 2010

    News story....think so. Of course this is a news story. Someone is scamming people in the community. If this isn't news, then I guess the bank failures wasn't news. The mortgage crisis wasn't news.

  • jmguypack Oct 22, 2010

    Add me to the list..Brian's excuses are consistent with what he tells all of his customers. Unfortunately, I am out $15,000 with nothing to show for it and a car that is has been rusting away outside at Brian's shop.

  • ICTrue Oct 22, 2010

    Possible law suit, yes.

    News story....don't think so

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Oct 22, 2010

    Why isn't this place shut down yet?

  • IBleedRedandWhite Oct 22, 2010

    "I find it very odd that one of those employees Mr. Clark claims he had to fire was actually my husband who in reality had to Quit his job because he did not receive his weekly paycheck. We are still waiting for his paycheck from the last week he worked their (about a month ago). He still remains unpaid for those hours worked! And now Mr. Clark will not return his phone call." -gistrt

    Call the Dept. of Labor and get them involved if your husband did work for this man and has gone unpaid. They take offenses like that very seriously.

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy Oct 22, 2010

    I guess he can blame the CUSTOMER that paid him $160000 all he wants, but I would imagine that customer is gone for good. We don't know all the details here, but we do know this man is not a good business person, which is good enough for me to make an opinion.

  • stangruner Oct 21, 2010

    A friend of mine took a truck to Brian and told him of the work that needed to be done while he was deployed to Iraq, with the understanding that it needed to be completed by the time he got back because he was moving to another base when he returned. Brian said no problem. He returned 9 months latter and the truck was sitting in the same place we unloaded it from the trailer, never touched! My friend asked for his money back but Brian refused and said the work would be done within a week. We went back to Brian's the day before the big move and all he did was sand and primer the quarters, nothing near what he was supposed to do. My friend decided to cut his losses and pick up his truck because he had to leave the next day. Brian wouldn't refund any money

  • gistrt Oct 21, 2010

    I find it very odd that one of those employees Mr. Clark claims he had to fire was actually my husband who in reality had to Quit his job because he did not receive his weekly paycheck. We are still waiting for his paycheck from the last week he worked their (about a month ago). He still remains unpaid for those hours worked! And now Mr. Clark will not return his phone call.

  • chevllemom72 Oct 21, 2010

    Thanks Monica for the report. I was considering taking my car there at on time. He gave me an estimate one time for about $225.00 asnd I didnt take my car. The next estimate for my car went up to $400.00. Thank God I never took my car there.

  • mcgheecutl Oct 21, 2010

    i paid brian all the money up front the receipt said complete body work the car came back over a year later in worse shape.instead of repairing the rust he just bondoed over them and now the bondo is falling off.after paying him all that money its gonna cost about $12000.00 dollars just to get it back right. i wouldnt let that man restore my toy tonka truck. mike

  • mlgaskins Oct 21, 2010

    He also has my husbands money and his car. From the pictures in your report, work on our car is exactly the same as it was about 3-4 months, the last time we were there.
    Lisa

  • Sherlock Oct 21, 2010

    Maxium effective range of an excuse is 0

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