Panelbeater fails to fix and deliver

2016-05-19 06:00
Siphiwo Sume claims car was not fixed by Luthando “Twice” Dyasi, of LD Bodyworks LTD PTY, in Crossroads.

Siphiwo Sume claims car was not fixed by Luthando “Twice” Dyasi, of LD Bodyworks LTD PTY, in Crossroads.

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A man from Mfuleni is crying foul after a promise to fix his car by a panelbeater from Crossroads failed to materialise.

Siphiwo Sume claims that he had reached an agreement with Luthando “Twice” Dyasi, of LD Bodyworks to fix the dents on his Chevrolet Optra 2006 model in July 2015.

Sume said the car has since been with the panel beater and that it has not been fixed regardless of paying R10 000.

“I was hoping to drive my car to the Eastern Cape in December, but it was still not fixed regardless of him promising me that it would be fixed by then.

I was shocked to find it badly vandalised instead when I came back in January. The computer box which is the heart for the car is missing. The computer box will cost me about R20 000 to replace it. The seats are torn -apart and my wheel caps are missing. I feel bad, because I did not only lose my money, but my car is in a bad condition now,” he said.

Sume said he has since opened the case with Langa police, last week.

He also said he has since launched a complaint with the Small Claims Court and that he is still waiting for the 14 days waiting period to end so he could take a further step.

Sume also said he managed to trace Dyasi to Langa after he was told by his parents that his whereabouts were not known.

Asked for comment, Dyasi sent a statement claiming that “I don’t really mind what will be published about me as the business is closing anyway.”

He said the initial quote was an estimate and that they later found that the real cost was bigger.

“Bumpers, fender, arch and the whole front chassis were fixed and re-welded because we could not get the parts anywhere and he knows this.

I have never agreed that I owe him or took 10 grand (R10 000) from him. The only part that is not fixed properly on the car is the bonnet as we could not find a replacement earlier.

It is at my house. We have been waited for him(Sume) to bring the keys(so we can fix it) for weeks. He should forward receipts(as proof of payment) if he says so. We did not finish his car because a new quote had to be forwarded. The only thing we had to spray as per quote was one fender, bonnet and bumper. Dyasi also dismissed accusations of stealing the computer box and said it was destroyed when the car was involved in an accident.

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