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Weeping Willow Garage Informative - 7 months and counting... Is this ridiculous or what?

Review by CaptainSpaulding on 2006-11-19
WASHINGTON (WARREN COUNTY), NEW JERSEY -- Here is a chronological narrative of the events which transpired over the past 7 months in respect to my interaction with Chuck, the owner of the Weeping Willow Garage in Washington, Warren County, New Jersey:


Friday, April 14, 2006:

My car, a 1987 Chevrolet Camaro Z28, was driven to the Weeping Willow Garage for repairs. I spoke with the owner of the garage and told him that I wanted him to fix the brakes, give the engine a complete tune-up, and check out the vehicle to see if there was anything wrong with it that I didn’t already know about. I told him that since I didn’t not need the car for transportation, time would not be a factor in finishing the repairs, although I made it clear that since I intended on having body work done to the car after it was repaired, I would like the repairs to be completed by the end of the summer at the latest.


Friday, May 5, 2006:

I stopped by the Weeping Willow Garage and dropped off a Hurst Dual Gate Shifter (specifically made to fit the console of 1982-1992 Chevy Camaros equipped with a TH-700R4 Transmission) and asked Chuck to install it for me. He said that he would install it as soon as possible.


Monday, July 24, 2006:

I stopped by the Weeping Willow Garage to check on the progress of the repairs on my car. Chuck told me that although he had fixed the brakes, he had not yet given the car a tune-up, or thoroughly checked out the vehicle. He also told me that the Hurst Shifter which I had given him to install “didn’t fit”. I took back the shifter, and after opening the box, discovered that the shifter had never been removed from its original packaging.

Note: After I returned home, I called the manufacturer of the shifter, Mr. Gasket Corporation, and asked them why the shifter I had purchased wouldn’t fit the vehicle it was supposedly custom made for. I was told that unless the original TH-700R4 transmission had been replaced or modified, the shifter would fit. They told me that since the mechanic never even bothered to remove the shifter from its original packaging, he probably didn’t want to be bothered with installing it. Fortunately, I was able to return the shifter to the company I purchased it from for a full refund.


Friday September 15, 2006:

I called Chuck on the telephone and asked him about the progress of repair to my vehicle. He told me that he hadn’t been able to do any additional work on it because he had been “very busy”. He promised me that he would complete the repairs to my vehicle “by the end of the month”.


Monday, October 2, 2006:

I stopped by the Weeping Willow Garage to check on the status of my car. Since I arrived before Chuck did, I went into the yard and took a look at my car. The car was very dirty and covered in pine needles, and weeds were growing all around the front of the car, which was parked head in against a fence. I got into the car and tried to start it, but the battery was dead. I switched the battery with the one in the car I had driven from home, and although the car had full power, it wouldn’t start. When I tried the ignition, nothing happened. I took the battery out, and put it back into my other car. I asked an employee who had arrived when Chuck would be getting in, and he told me “in about an hour”. I didn’t want to hang around for that long, as I wanted to beat the morning rush-hour traffic on my way back home.


Monday, November 6, 2006:

I stopped by the Weeping Willow Garage with a fully recharged battery which had been in the Camaro. I noticed that the area around the garage, as well as most of the back yard, had been paved with asphalt. My car, which has been parked toward the front of the yard, was now parked in the back of the yard, in an unpaved area. A battery was already installed in the car, and I noticed that wires were hanging from under the dashboard on the driver’s side. I waited for Chuck to come in, as I wanted to speak with him about the condition of my car. When he arrived, I asked him what had happened to my car. He told me that there was something wrong with the alarm/ignition cutoff in my car, which was preventing it from starting. He told me that he cut the wires in order to “jump the starter” so he could get the car running in order to move it so the area where the car had been parked could be paved. I asked him if any additional mechanical repairs had been done since my last visit, and he said no. I told him that since winter was approaching and my car could not be driven in icy road conditions due to the racing tires that were on the car, I wanted all repairs completed by the end of the week (Friday, November 10th). Chuck said that he would have the car ready as requested, and asked me if he could remove the alarm system, as that is what prevented the car from starting. I told him that he could remove the alarm system, but I wanted all of the wires that were cut to be repaired or replaced. I placed the fully recharged battery in the back seat of the car, and asked Chuck to replace the battery which he had installed in the car with my battery. I gave him my cell number once again, and asked him to call me when the car was ready.


Friday, November 10, 2006:

When I didn’t receive a call from Chuck by the end of the week as promised, I called up the garage and asked to speak to Chuck. I was told by the person who answered the phone that Chuck was busy, so I left my name and number and asked Chuck to return my call when he was no longer busy. Chuck never returned my call.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006:

I drove out to the Weeping Willow Garage before dawn and noticed the car was in the exact same position that it had been the week before. My battery was still in the back seat, and cut wires were still hanging from under the dashboard, and when I turned the key in the ignition, the car wouldn’t start. It was obvious that despite Chuck’s promises that the car would be ready; absolutely nothing had been done to my car since my last visit. I returned home disgusted and angry, but not really surprised, as I have been jerked around by this lying sack of schit for the past 7 months! I have no hope or expectation that this scumbag will ever have my car ready. At this point, my only recourse is to file a complaint against him in the Warren County, New Jersey Small Claims Court. However, I realize that I will be challenging this putz on his home turf in a rural yahoo court, and the odds will be against me.


I know that some people will be wondering why I didn't check on the progress of the repairs to my car more frequently, but I didn't think that I had a problem with this mechanic until I realized that he hadn't bothered to complete the repairs on the vehicle by the end of the summer as we had agreed upon! Not only has the repairs on my vehicle not been completed, but the car is in worse shape now than it was when I brought it in! I'm inclined to tell this creep to just keep my car, as after he did God knows what to it, I really don't want it back.
Comments:19 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-06-13
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-19:
I don't understand why you waited a month and two months in between checking on your car...you said you took a battery in and the car didn't work, then you waited an entire month before you took a recharged battery...did you question him about the shifter not being opened? I think there was alot more going on between the times you have on here that isn't mentioned.
Posted by CaptainSpaulding on 2006-11-19:
Hey DB: So you think that there is a lot more going on here? Like what? The car that I brought in was not my daily driver, so I told the mechanic to take his time checking it out and repairing it. I stipulated that I wanted the car back by the end of the summer so I could have the body work done and the car painted. I didn't check on the car more often then I did bcause the mechanic is located a considerable distance from my home. This mechanic was reecommended to me by a "friend", as I was told that he specialized in repairs on high performance engines. In retrospect, I should have been a little more "hands on" with this mechanic, but I had other things going on in my life. At this point, I am ready to give up on the car, as it isn't worth the aggravation. I learned a valuable lesson, however... You can't count on the advice of your "friends"!
Posted by CaptainSpaulding on 2006-11-19:
By the way... The reason that there was no interaction between me and Chuck between October 2nd and November 6th was because I was in Florida. The day after I got back, I paid a visit to Chuck.
Posted by Toni I. on 2006-11-19:
Thanks for the heads up yet another disreputable auto mechanic, Heywood. I feel bad about what happened to you, but you should have relied on more than just your friend's recommendation before bringing your car to this guy's repair shop. I guess this Chuck calls his garage "Weeping" Willows for a good reason... The victims of his deceitful business practices are the ones who wind up "weeping"!
Posted by DebtorBasher on 2006-11-19:
Thanks Heywood, those were the details that were left out...the reason why so much time went by between each visit or conversation you had...I understand if you were out of town for a time...that was just the missing pieces. I feel that since he knew there was no rush, he slacked on it more than he should which is why he didn't get it done by the end of summer...he should be thankful it wasn't a rush job, you've given him more than enough time for the work that was expected. Hopefully he doesn't overcharge for what work he has done on it.
Posted by CaptainSpaulding on 2006-11-19:
Thanks Toni! I just want to warn other people about this scumbag Chuck and the disreputable way he conducts business!
Posted by tander on 2006-11-19:
I would just go get your car before he holds it ransom for repairs he did do, then take him to court.
Posted by Slimjim on 2006-11-20:
Reminds me of when I had a vette that was in an accident. I told the body shop owner I didn't need the car fixed right away so he could prioritize other jobs of his. I did want it done meticulous so I gave him plenty of window. I ended up like you having to start checking in and pushing him as the car was just sitting. One year later, he at least did finish it. I had another car I needed an engine swap and this time it was at my mechanics place. Gave him an open window too, and even he dogged for two months. Lesson learned for both of us, tell a shop you don't need it right away, some job will always be put in front of yours.
Posted by Anonymous on 2006-11-20:
Reminds me of a Mercedes I had that needed a fender fixed. I told him to take his time, fit it in when time allowed. The A/C wasn't working so I had to drive the Lincoln for awhile. He finally got around to working on it. Lesson learned that when money talks, it's time to get the job done.
Posted by Shakra on 2006-11-21:
It reminds me of a time when my neighbor kept abusing his wife. All the warning signs were there, but she still kept thinking he was going to get better.
Posted by CaptainSpaulding on 2006-11-21:
Sorry Shakra, but I don't understand your analogy. For your information, this was the first time that I brought a car to this guy for repairs. As I said in my review, I was refered to him by a friend (now an ex-friend), and I had no way to know beforehand that Chuck would turn out to be such a scumbag!
Posted by Shakra on 2006-11-22:
Yes, but you found out fairly early on when he kept saying he was working on your car and he clearly wasn't. At that point, it is time to take the car elsewhere for repairs and quit hoping he's going to turn into a productive member of society.
Posted by Disturbed_Angel on 2006-11-29:
I think I would have been chaining the front bumper of the camaro to the back bumper of a borrowed truck and towing my car out of there by mid May and telling ole Chuck to kiss my ass and don't expect to see any $$$$ out of me.
In fact why don't you go do that now Haywood?
Posted by Washingtonian on 2006-12-04:
Read the review I just posted on Weeping Willow Garage detailing my experiences back in November 2004 with these incompetent and deceitful boobs!
Posted by Weeping Willow on 2009-02-07:
This con-artist dumped his camaro on our property because he needed a place to store it for a while as it was not even worthy of attempted repair. He abandoned the vehicle. He has multiple addresses in states of NY, FL, NJ and others according to police officials.
[snip - no personal info please]
He has made a career out of harassing various companies on line under many different names and profiles. All negative posts are this SAME [snip - please be respectful] man.
We have been in business many years and hope this one sick person gets the treatment he needs and his posts get only the attention they deserve.
He has also brought a colleague, Tony's Auto Repair, into his comments. Tony's has verified this guy is a fraud as well and continues to send us customers.
LETS STICK TO THE FACTS PLEASE. THANK YOU TO ALL OUR HONEST CUSTOMERS!!!
Posted by BokiBean on 2009-02-07:
Chuck, if you had tried to address the points his posts made, you would have sounded much more professional...and believable. You admit the car was in your custody, you should have repaired it, but instead you chose to attack him personally, and that has nothing to do with his complaint.
Posted by CaptainSpaulding on 2009-02-07:
Chuck, you are full of it, and you know it! I brought my car to you IN GOOD FAITH and you made no attempt to repair it as you promised to. If you couldn't repair my car, you should have called me up (or at least returned my calls) within the first week or two and told me to take my car back!

The way I see it, I only made 2 mistakes in dealing with you. Mistake #1 was to trust the recommendation of a mutual acquaintence who told me that you were a speacialist in the repair of Camaros. Mistake #2 was that I didn't take back my car after you lied to me about the Hurst shifter not fitting in the console. You were just too lazy to install the shifter for me as you promised, and I should have realized right then and there that you were jerking my chain!

Tell me, how am I a "con man"? What did I do to con you? You are the one who lied to me and damaged my car! You cost me money while I never cost you a dime! It is YOU who is the con man!

By the information contained in your post, I see that, for some strange reason, you had your relative in the Washington Township Police Department conduct an illegal investigation of me. The information which you posted about my residences is misleading! For your information, I lived in New York back in April 2006 when I brought my car to you but I moved to Florida in the beginning of 2007. My father (who has the same name as me) lived in New Jersey.

You have slandered me by calling me "mentally unstable". Am I "mentally unstable" because I was upset that you lied to me and ruined my car after I brought it to you for repairs? By the way, I never "abandoned" my car at your garage. The reason why I never picked it up was because you damaged it and it would not start! I wanted you to repair the damage you caused to my car before I would go get it. If I abandoned my car at your garage as you claim, then why did I send those guys from East Harlem to pick it up?

WHY DON'T YOU JUST ADMIT THE FACT THAT YOU ARE A LIAR AND AN INCOMPETENT MECHANIC INSTEAD OF SLANDERING AND INSULTING ME?
Posted by Al Kopsco on 2011-12-25:
I've dealt with Chuck a few times. He was recommended to me by Tony's. I never had a problem with him. He repaired my vehicles just fine and his prices were reasonable. I like Weeping Willow Garage and would recommend them to anyone.
Posted by Jacob Schneider on 2012-06-13:
"Al Kopsco" is one of the pseudonyms that Chuck uses when posting on the Internet.

The fact of the matter is that Chuck is a dishonest and incompetent mechanic, and the only work that he gets is from local yokels who don't know jack squat about car repair and don't know that they are being ripped off.

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