Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Lehi Company Hired to Restore Car Fails to Perform
(KUTV) A dying grandfather’s wish was to see his granddaughter restore his old car. But that wish may not happen, after a company had the car for months and didn’t finish the job.
According to Kristin Allred, her grandfather had one condition when he gave her his 1965 Pontiac Grand Prix: “I had to get it done in order for him to see it before he passes away.”
Kristin hired Preferred Coatings out of Lehi, paying them $4,000. “He was supposed to do all the body work and paint it,” Kristin says.
But Kristen says months passed with slow progress from the restoration company. And when she asked what was taking so long, he’d say, “I’m working on it. I’m working on it.”
Finally, she had enough and demanded the car back. It had been six months since she had dropped it off at Preferred Coatings.
She says the car was given back to her in in “much worse shape.”
Kristin wants a refund, but Preferred Coatings completely stopped responding. Frustrated, she asked 2News Matt Gephardt to investigate.
When 2News contacted Preferred Coatings, the owner told us work was slow because he had needed to put the car into storage while his garage moved. Kristen says she was never told that.
Preferred Coatings did not provide Kristin a refund. They say Kristin hadn’t been patient enough and that if she had left the car for two more months, the work would have been completed.
Kristen says she plans to pursue the matter in small claims court.
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