ED Magedson – Founder
TLC Performance889 Layne Drive NE Lancaster, Ohio USA
TLC Performance Jim Chenoweth FJ40Jim Toyota Land Cruiser repair shop charged me for work not done, FRAUD Lancaster Ohio
I bought my 1st vintage vehicle a 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ-40. I needed some repair and up-grade work. I found a shop specializing in this vehicle from the web blog IH8MUD.com. TLC Performance owned by Jim Chenoweth was recommended by his friends on that blog. I took my vehicle to him and was shocked on how his place of business appeared. Tools and junk everywhere, basically a back yard mechanic working out of his home and yard. He is a one man show, not the "shop" that was advertised. I had gut reservations, but we discussed a plan for my vehicle and I left it with him.
Jim Chenoweth was very negative and kept telling me how his work is better than any other Land Cruiser shop. I thought of him as very insecure, but tried not to be judgemental and give him a chance. Mechanic types sometimes have personality pitfalls, but again I wanted to give him a chance.
I told Jim my budget was $10,000 for work done. He agreed, I left and drove home several hours away. I'll try not to bore everyone with all the details. Long story short, he demanded the money up-front because he does not have the funds to buy parts. BIG MISTAKE He did about 1/8 of the work he promised, then demanded more money. I took my vehicle out of his shop and to a Toyota dealer repair shop. Toyota told me Jim did about $1000 worth of parts and work to my vehicle, which Toyota had to take apart and install correctly. Jim was very confrontational, called me a cheap skate and many other names.
I lost $10,000 on this deal, but learned alot. Don't deal with a backyard mechanic and pay up-front.
This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 04/01/2014 11:08 AM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/TLC-Performance/Lancaster-Ohio-43130/TLC-Performance-Jim-Chenoweth-FJ40Jim-Toyota-Land-Cruiser-repair-shop-charged-me-for-work-1135388. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.
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