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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Aug 25th, 19, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Restoring steering wheel woes...

So, my days of restoring steering wheels for customers is over. This last transaction was the nail in the coffin. Guy from BC answered my CL ad and wanted to purchase a '71-'72 restored I finished awhile back. Nice wheel and near perfect horn shroud. I saw a couple red flags but ignored all of them and just asked for a personal check and I'd wait till it cleared...no risk I thought and asked the bank how long till it cleared...answer...48 hours. Guy mails a WU check so cashed it and waited 4 or 5 days and paid the $70 to ship up to BC. Check comes back "returned" after 10 days or so, total of 15 after I cashed it. Bank charged me $12 on top of the $420 I lost. Call the guy and he claims it's good, but we'll wait till his bank tells him it has been returned....crickets. I've had a few conversations with him and his wife and still over 2 months and nothing. Just writing it off, makes me feel better just putting it out of my mind.
The wheel restoration I did just before this one was for a member here. He purchase off ebay and mailed it directly to me. Spent maybe 10 hours on it start to finish plus materials....maybe made $25/hr. I thought it came out very nice. No comment from customer or a thank you. Now I don't do it for the money, obviously at that rate, but rather get a satisfaction knowing an original part gets a new life.
Apparently, that isn't a 2 way street.
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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

That sucks, Jerry. Human beings really know how to take the joy out of almost everything.

I've had similar experiences with a few people here where I've sent them parts for free & they won't even acknowledge they've received it, not to mention a quick thank you. I will say most of these incidents were with hit & run members, not guys who stick around for the long haul.

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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

I don't know how people can be like that. If there is a problem with payment, a decent person would make it right, without question or prodding. They would know if the check hadn't cleared.

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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

Thanx Pete. Much like the "character" threads we've seen of late. I have to be fairly aggravated to even bring this up, but it does me good to air it out where it belongs.
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I don't know how people can be like that. If there is a problem with payment, a decent person would make it right, without question or prodding. They would know if the check hadn't cleared.
It has me confused. Not sure if it was an intentional scam, or a check that went south and since they had the wheel, they just discarded their conscience.
Either way, done with it.
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I'm more confused about the kind of person that would worry about getting a steering wheel restored and the need to rip someone off to get it. I know a couple of guys that flip cars and they would just put a 20 dollar steering wheel on it if needed. Don't give up on your craft, just start using paypal and ebay or etsy where you will be protected more. Plus you would probably get more business than just being on craigslist. Or maybe you could teach your craft to the people that want to learn?
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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

Was the fellow from BC a member here?

FWIW I have seen WU checks go south at the bank for no reason. Bank just refused to honour them. Had to go back to the sender and get an International Money Order.
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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

Well I hate to hear that. I dont know how people can live with themselves not paying somebody for the services rendered. Now a couple of bad apples has ruined it for the ones that would be grateful to get a wheel repaired for their vehicle by you.

Not only that, they've taken the joy from you in doing good work for others in need.

Sucks all the way round.
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KARMA'S a BITCH, I gaurantee you that guy will feel the pain somewhere along the way.
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Yep, firm believer in Karma.
Now, every time he touches that steering wheel he will get a bad feeling inside that he has to live with forever.
I hope he knows what is coming.....................probably some texter.
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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

Heck, post the guy's name. I get it that deals fall through sometimes, but geez, make good on it after.

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Re: Restoring steering wheel woes...

I can appreciate that, but I won't post the guy's name. I will say that as sellers, never take a WU check! I used to think any check would be legit after the bank processed it, but after all these years, still learning.
I will also add, I've had so many positive dealings, that I've become a little too trusting.
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OK, I admit, I don't know what a WU check is, to the internet!
AH, Western Union.
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Post the Perps name, save us all the headache of dealing with this guy.

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If you have the WU cheque take it to a WU office and cash it there. I learned this today from a friend who just did it.
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