Parking lot repair scams can be very convincing. They promise fast work, at a lower price, and can even claim to work for a legitimate repair shop.
“He said he had a special type of paint that could match any paint and that it was a special paint that was dropped,” said Matthew Sebring, a home nurse and veteran of the army that paid for one of these repairs.
Several hundred dollars later and Sebring’s Jeep had been “fixed”. Both men had left a waxy substance on the new paint and told Sebring it was paint sealer. The faulty repair job was not evident until the next day.
“It was a pretty bad repair,” said Eduardo Barreto of Pacific Coast Auto Repair. “It doesn’t last and it deteriorates almost instantly.”
Barreto saw the story NBC 7 Responds made on Sebring earlier this month.
“When we saw the whole news, we said we had to step in and help this veteran,” Barreto said.
He says to be skeptical if someone randomly comes to you volunteering to do car repairs.
“If you are looking for the repair shop, great,” Barreto said. “If someone approaches you 9 out of 10 times it will be a scam.”
The workshop had to remove the putty and rework the job, but in the end they managed to fix the dents and scratches.
“For them, taking advantage of a military man like this and his family is just something that rubs me the wrong way,” said RJ Baylor, owner of Pacific Coast Auto Repair. “I hope he learns from this!”
After a week, Sebring went to get his car and was shocked at the results.
“You can’t even say it at all,” Sebring said. “Every time I come to my car, I walk around it just to look at it.”
The whole incident gave her a new vision of kindness.
“I think I was getting a little cynical about people and their real intentions,” Sebring said. “I’m just blown away that people are so kind and really willing to help. My whole sense of humanity is definitely high.”