My boyfriend was having trouble with his transmission and begin looking online for reasonable deals. He came across a website called "Transmission/Engine Shop" this website ( which btw as of today suddenly is no where to be found) said that it would 1. Pick up the vehicle from our residence and return it. 2. Would repair the transmission for either 600-1200. And that 1200 was the max of what we would be charged. 3. We would have the vehicle returned to us within and no more then 2 days. My boyfriend called the company and made arrangements for our vehicle to be picked up. On Feb 1, 2012 after being 3 hours late from the time the man said his driver ( also, Larry Duncan) would be coming, he came with a flat bed connected to a truck. Both my boyfriend and I found this strange but we shrugged it off.
The following evening around 8 PM the man ( Larry Duncan) called my boyfriend and told him that because of the damage done the repairs would cost now $2698. I found this completely ridiculous because the transmission had just begin slipping. In fact it wasn't doing it daily. But the man ( calling himself the office manager, also Larry Duncan) told my boyfriend to return the car he would still have to pay over a grand. At this point my boyfriend feels trapped. He can either pay a grand and nothing be done. Or pay him and the least it may be fixed. The following morning he was in contact with the Larry. And he was told that he would need to pay a $1700 deposit in cash. My boyfriend asked to pay by card, or check, but the man refused to take either. Stating the longer he made him wait the longer he would be charge storage fees of $40 a day because he was stalling the work being finished by lack of payment. Again, my boyfriend felt pressure and caved. The "driver" would come pick up the money. Which if you've not already gathered is also the "office manager" and the "owner" All throughout the day after giving him the money my boyfriend continued to call. He would either get no answer, or be told our vehicle would be ready this weekend, or Monday. It went back and forth all day long.
They also offered him finance for the remaining balance. Again, requesting he make his first payment for it after we had already handed over $1700. Again, to the finance company this had to be paid in cash. Once my boyfriend tells me this alarms are going off. I begin to do research on the company, and find this site, along with many other sites of complaints. Along with a picture of Larry Duncan. Which also happens to be the same exact "driver" the "office manager" sent. My boyfriend was in complete shock. And I've spent the past day digging up even more evidence that this man is a complete and utter fraud.
In my anger yesterday I contacted every news station in my area. None returned any of my emails. I also contacted the Attorney Generals Office. I contacted Dave Lieber from Star-Telegram and Watch Dog. I also contacted another person's who report I seen on this site and discussed what happen with his case. And in doing so found out that he had spoken to two other women who had the same exact thing happen.
I had my boyfriend call Larry Duncan and ask for an itemized report of everything that had been done. Because he had claimed in previous conversation he had replaced an axle. Which 1. He didn't get permission to do. And 2. Has nothing to do with our transmission. He told him " I emailed you a list of things done." My boyfriend said "no, not an email you put together I want a actual sheet from your business of what has been done to my vehicle." Larry Duncan responded with "What you got is all you get" he also said again it would not be til Monday evening until we could have our vehicle.
I was waiting to contact the BBB and Automotive Consumer Division til after we got our vehicle returned. But the more I read the more angry I become. So I called the Grand Prairie Police Department. Where I spoke to a very nice Investigator by the name Clark I believe ( I was a wreck it's hard to remember names) he took my report but he told me he couldn't actually do anything because Larry had pick up our vehicle from our address. He told me to contact my local Police Department and move forward.
But out of complete kindness, he did send a squad car out to the address of business to check to see if the vehicle was at the location. He returned the call by telling me that the car wasn't spotted. Which made me even more upset. In the morning I will be going to my local police department with all the documentation I've gathered. Proving that the company does not even exist. It's a complete scam and fraud and at this point he has basically stolen the vehicle and refuses to return.
My boyfriend gave Larry Duncan every sent he had and isn't going to have anything to show for it. And for some reason or another Larry Duncan continues to rip people off and I'm curious as to why nothing has been done. From my research Larry Duncan has been in the business of scamming people since 2008. And that's only what I could dig up in public records.
In my research I've read that he's under investigation by the DA. Well, then why aren't they locking him up and shutting him down? How much more evidence do you need? I've piled up an entire folder and I've only been researching a total of 6 hours.
I really hope something gets done. I will be updating this site on what happens after I visit the local police station tomorrow. Let you people know if it did any good at all. Or the Justice system plans to sit on their hands a little longer.