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Old 11-01-2011, 05:01 PM
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I had some issues with my autopilot and the Garmin 5212 on my boat. A friend of mine recommended a tech and I scheduled a time for me and him to meet up. He calls me a week later and says he was to busy and did not want to keep me waiting. He said a friend of his could do it and he was more familiar with my type of autopilot (TR1) so I said great have him call me up.

After he called me we scheduled a time to meet me at the boat. I knew the Garmin might have to be sent back to the factory for repair if a boot block and software update did not work & I knew the charges associated with that ($660). I was unable to get to the boat before he showed up because I got tied up at work but he called me and said the Garmin needs to be sent off and that he got the autopilot to work. We met up a few days later and I gave him $700 to cover the cost of the of the Garmin repair and he was supposed to get me a receipt.

Fast forward to last Wednesday when he finally has one of his "colleagues" bring me my display back. The unit was never opened up because there is still silicone on the screws from where it was mounted and my G2 vision card is missing as well. I call Garmin and they said the unit was never sent in for repair.

So that means this asshole kept my display for two and a half months for no other reason than trying to make me think it was off being repaired. He also is trying to charge me $261 dollars in extra labor associated with these repairs.

I called him out and told him on Friday he had until Wednesday at 5 to pay me back or I would hand it over to the cops. A detective friend of mine said I had a case but would probably never get a dime back.

Tomorrows the deadline and I'm wondering if you all would pursue legal action if he does not pay or just let it go as a lesson learned.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:15 PM
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Sounds to me like "Shady Business"
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:16 PM
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Small claims court. $15 filing fee or something neglible like that.
Depends on what you can prove though.
Cops won't touch it....

Also, I'd check him out on the local BBB site to see if others have had problems.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:21 PM
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Why did you pay him $700 in advance of the repair? If you were going to fork over money give it Garmin.

You are partially to blame. Learn a lesson from this.
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Old 11-01-2011, 05:51 PM
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That seems to be a norm in the marine business, however name him and his friend that was to be the original tech so the rest of us can avoid him, we'll help you spread the word, and yes, I'd take him to small claims court just to tie his time up.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:01 PM
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Well,you're out the $700 you gave him,G2 vision chip(400ish?),was the unit even defective?? If it is you're going to be out another $660 for the real repair. So potentially you're out $1800,but definately out a Grand and the unit is worth $2800 new...... Um,no,no way on earth let this one slide. Flat out theft.

If he claims he sent it in for repair ask him the RMA# of the repair....I bet he lost it.
2nd...Garmin doesnt,EVER, repair your unit. You mail yours in they immediately turn around and mail a refurbished one back...So your claim to the silicone still bein there is a moot point. If he sent it back you would have received a "new" looking unit.
PM me if you need help or have more questions. This is easy to prove. Whether or not he has the money??? I don't know
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Shouldn't his screen name be "Shady Business"?
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Tomorrows the deadline and I'm wondering if you all would pursue legal action if he does not pay or just let it go as a lesson learned.
absolutely do not let that go as a lesson learned. if there are no consequences for his actions he will continue to do it. i'm sure your not the first guy he has done this to.
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Old 11-01-2011, 06:17 PM
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Why not press charges against him for theft or something along those lines? Even though they may not arrest him then and there, when he gets pulled over or a cop runs his name he will hopefully get arrested then. I would assume for an amount like that it would be considered felony theft? Sucks that it happened
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If the police decide to press charges, you may get some additional payback in that local newspapers will publish that information, either in a police blotter or possibly an article. It may not be as personally gratifying as getting your money back, but that kind of publicity could be awfully destructive to a business--provided said business is truly deserving.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:37 PM
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I am a lawyer and what he did is grand theft. Turn it over to your cop buddy and let the SOB go to jail. Even if you never get a dime back, it would be worth $700 to see his mugshot in the local edition of cellmates. Do not let this go. I wouldn't warn him it's coming either, just give it to your buddy.
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Old 11-02-2011, 03:11 AM
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I feel you pain, everytime I try to save money by having a buddy or a buddy's buddy do something for me it turns out bad. You would think I would have listened to myself but I'm in the middle of a "buddy repair" on a boat. It's been going on since August and I am supposed to get the boat back today. I have had to take the boat back to him 4 times because it was never right. Originally it was going to cost me about $200, I am now over $1,000.

If I get out of this one I will only deal with reputable companies.

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Thanks for the advice.

The unit does work now so what I am 99% sure he did was do a boot block and a software update and that fixed the problem. I would have had no problem paying his labor rate which he is still trying to charge me for but the $700 and now the missing chip $300 is what is just plain theft.

llord: I was able to get in contact with Garmin and they did give him an RMA# but he never sent the unit in or any funds. He was just checking to see how much to rip me off for.

And to those wondering I am a tree farmer hence the screen name Shady Business.

I have never been sued or bounced a check I just thought the name was clever.
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What ever happened to sending "Vinnie" over to persuade him to due the right thing....

I have a few "viniies" and dont like the legal system for certain issues....
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Originally Posted by triplenet View Post
What ever happened to sending "Vinnie" over to persuade him to due the right thing....

I have a few "viniies" and dont like the legal system for certain issues....
Another internet mafia wannabe...
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You could let it (and the money) go, and then fantasize for the next three years about meeting up with him in a dark alley; or you could take him to small claims court and get some tangible vengeance. It might only be a "pound of flesh", but it will hurt.
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The cops will never take it. Trust me on this one, I speak from personal experience. Small claims court is more effective. Say bye bye to the dough. If he doesn't pay you afte the court rules in your favor, you can get a judgement against him. That affects his ability to get loans and also his credit history.
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I sent my garmin in for repair and like another poster said they send back refurbished units and do not repair yours to be sent back to you.Your unit will be fixed and sent to someone else.
2 lawyers now have said its theft,Call him up tell him you want your 700 bucks back and the chip or your calling the authorities if you dont recieve them in a week.
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Just got a text from the guy and he is coming to my nursery to reimburse me supposedly. I will keep you all updated.
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He didn't rip you off. You paid him $700 to get the machine working and it does.
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