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trailer maker taking too long to build my trailer

Old 12-24-2018, 06:16 PM
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I had a small independent shop build a new trailer for my boat. The problem is he keeps dragging his feet on building this thing. I gave him a 50 percent deposit down and it was supposed to be built in about 2.5 weeks. Well it's almost two months now and it's still not done. Apparantly he has a lack of cashflow at the moment due to it being a slow time of year and parts that should have been ordered straight from the beginning aren't in. Now at least he's about 80 percent done with the trailer, but I don't know what to believe anymore and I can't have my boat just not get used for 3 months now. He keeps lying to me when I call and ask about the progress and he just tells me what I want to hear. So now I basically just show up at his shop every couple days to checkout the progress. The trailer looks good and he's building it the way we agreed to, but he doesn't have any kind of business management skills. He was supposed to have the trailer finished on Saturday, but the place he needed to get the brake kit from was closed early for the holidays. Now he said they will be open on Monday (Christmas Eve) and I find that hard to believe but he says it will be ready to go the day after Christmas, but imo he still has too much of the little stuff left. Right now he just has the winch stand, and the frame with the crossmembers and that's it.

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Old 12-24-2018, 06:18 PM
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I even helped him out and gave him more money so he could buy the axles, which now are on there also. I just don't get it. I mean how can this guy not realize that reputation and word of mouth is everything in a small business.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:41 PM
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robbing Peter to pay Paul, he wont be around long. you are going to have to babysit him to get it done and order the rest of the parts for him. Do not give him anymore money just order the parts to finish it then when its done pay him the difference. he may get butthurt when you bring this up, and come up with excuses like you can not pay the vendor direct but that's BS they just want there $. make sure you tell them it's a one time purchase so he can not buy the next guys parts on your card.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Midnight Runner View Post
robbing Peter to pay Paul, he wont be around long. you are going to have to babysit him to get it done and order the rest of the parts for him. Do not give him anymore money just order the parts to finish it then when its done pay him the difference. he may get butthurt when you bring this up, and come up with excuses like you can not pay the vendor direct but that's BS they just want there $. make sure you tell them it's a one time purchase so he can not buy the next guys parts on your card.
Agree. You just want to get your trailer done now and get away. Be polite and tell him you understand cash flow issues and you just want to get your trailer done.
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Old 12-24-2018, 06:59 PM
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I did that with the axles. He said he needed another $1,000 so he could pick them up and he had me pay his vendor directly. I was okay with that cause at that time at least he had the trailer frame bent and crossmembers welded in.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:07 PM
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I think I owe him another $1,400 bucks. I'll even drive around with him to go pick the shit up if I have to.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:15 PM
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I think I owe him another $1,400 bucks. I'll even drive around with him to go pick the shit up if I have to.
At least he's talking to you and not dodging and sounds like he's doing good work. That's what most do. Hand holding the rest of the way. Hope it gets done quickly.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:19 PM
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At least he's talking to you and not dodging and sounds like he's doing good work. That's what most do. Hand holding the rest of the way. Hope it gets done quickly.
That's what I liked about the guy. He always answers the phone and he listens to what I want done. He just doesn't run a business well.
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Old 12-24-2018, 07:33 PM
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I have to baby sit everyone these days. I'm going to have to explain to him that a boat is one of the few things that retain my sanity. My last boat sank and now this one has been taken away from me basically.
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I guess I'll show up on Wednesday and pay for anything else he doesn't have.
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Old 12-25-2018, 07:28 AM
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The last time I started the boat up was October 15th. Hopefully it will still start. I hope the carb isn't gummed up.
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hope it turns out good. when he starts dodging your phone calls its time to get worried.
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Old 12-25-2018, 09:01 AM
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I would keep being nice and hold his hand so it gets done..you never know he could close down tomorrow and you would be SOL
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:02 AM
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How do you know that it is your trailer that the 2 of you are building. You might show up next week only to learn he sold it to someone else. IMO, you should take possession of the trailer now and find someone else to finish it....or do it yourself if all the welding/bending has been done. Attaching bunks, jack, etc are easy to do.
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This is why you work with an established company. Sorry i have seen this to often.
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[QUOTsE=bhc6085;12091093]How do you know that it is your trailer that the 2 of you are building. You might show up next week only to learn he sold it to someone else. IMO, you should take possession of the trailer now and find someone else to finish it....or do it yourself if all the welding/bending has been done. Attaching bunks, jack, etc are easy to do.[/QUOTE]

my boat is sitting on it.
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Old 12-25-2018, 10:56 AM
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go pick up your parts, bring somewhere else to finish, sent written demand for refund. hopefully you paid via credit card.
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go pick up your parts, bring somewhere else to finish, sent written demand for refund. hopefully you paid via credit card.
it's too late for that. He only has another 8nhrs worth of work. No sense in pulling the plug now.
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Old 12-25-2018, 02:52 PM
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Best of luck, can't wait till you tell us you picked it up and it fits your hull perfectly!

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Best of luck, can't wait till you tell us you picked it up and it fits your hull perfectly!

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I'm happy with it. It's just irritating how he's so inefficient with everything.
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