Skip to comments.Woman receives speeding ticket while vehicle is in shop
Posted on 09/17/2013 8:30:51 AM PDT by rickmichaels
EDMONTON An Edmonton woman received a photo radar ticket for speeding, but she says her vehicle was at a shop for repairs when the infraction occurred.
Sheila Taschuk took her Honda Element to Boyd Autobody & Glass in West Edmonton for some warranty work. Her vehicle was there for about two-and-a-half weeks.
While it was in for repairs, Taschuk received a surprising delivery in the mail.
I got a speeding ticket in the mail, and noticed that the ticket wasnt nearby Boyds shop, she explains, so I phoned Boyd and questioned them on the ticket, and they denied that the vehicle had left the shop at all.
Taschuk says that explanation didnt make sense to her.
Its a little bit hard to argue when I have a photo of my vehicle in the opposite end of the city.
Boyd requested she fax them a copy of the ticket, and she later received a call from Boyds Accounts Payable department.
She said, well, we dont know what happened to your vehicle at that time, but were glad to write you a cheque for the speeding ticket.
However, Taschuk says her biggest concern isnt covering the cost of the ticket; its that it appears her vehicle was being driven around the city in an unsafe manner.
I have a commitment with my family as well as my work to be safe at all times, and evidently my vehicle was driven without my knowledge unsafely through the city streets.
If my vehicle had been involved in an accident or hit a pedestrian or anything like that without my knowledge, I would have been extremely upset, Taschuk adds.
She was later told that her vehicle was mistakenly picked up by a subcontractor.
My understanding is that the customer did have her vehicle at our location and what happened was we had other vehicles in the shop for repair and there was the same type of vehicle as hers that was in for some hail repair, explains Kevin Comrie, chief marketing officer for Boyd Autobody & Glass. We sublet that work out to a company called Hail Specialist. They came to pick up the vehicle that had the hail damage, but unfortunately took the wrong vehicle our understanding is that they took it to their location, realized it was the wrong location and then brought it back to our location.
Unfortunately, they had picked up the keys to my Honda instead of the Honda that they were supposed to, so my Honda went for a little joy ride and speeding ticket came in the mail to me, says Taschuk.
Weve since found out that while they had it, they got a speeding ticket, adds Comrie. She received that ticket and brought it to our attention. We contacted that company, and discussed it with them, and they agreed to reimburse her for that speeding ticket.
Comrie explains it took a little while for the subcontractor to provide the cheque to Boyd, and that Boyd also was delayed a few days in sending the cheque to Taschuk, but that was mailed to her last week.
It was our mistake that that cheque sat on a desk for a few days before our person put it in the mail, so were very sorry that that cheque was delayed.
However, Taschuk is still waiting to receive the cheque.
She also believes there were additional kilometers put on her vehicle when it was in Boyds care.
I havent clearly been given a correct explanation as to what really did happen. When I went to pick up my vehicle from Boyd I noticed that there was additional 1,200 to 1,400 kilometres put on my vehicle.
Comrie says Boyd is working with Taschuk to compensate her for the mileage, and wants to see her satisfied. The company will also conduct an internal investigation and speak with the subcontractor to determine what happened with her vehicle.
We do have systems in place to try to insure this doesnt happen, he says. Now that this has happened, we document it; we investigate it to try to determine what happened and what we can do to prevent it from happening again.
John Bachinksi, executive director of the Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council, says this situation is very rare.
Its unusual that a vehicle would be taken away from the location that the work is being done.
However, he says automotive businesses should tell customers what is going to happen to their vehicles.
The biggest responsibility is what we call a code of conduct. I think they need to inform the customer what theyre planning to do. There is a requirement that if a vehicle is to, say, be taken to another location for sub contracting work, the consumer needs to be advised of that and given their consent, so they know the whereabouts of their vehicle.
John encourages others to get a written estimate, ask if subcontracting work will be done, ask what parts are being used for the work, and if theyre new or used.
He also says its a good idea to record the odometer reading when you drop off your vehicle and again when you pick it up.
Its certainly a business practice that they should always do that. Is it a legal requirement? Im not aware of that.
Comrie says it is part of Boyds policy to document vehicles mileage upon arrival and departure.
Yes, that absolutely is part of the procedure We should always be taking a picture of the odometer that was again, a process that was not adhered to in this case.
We clearly dropped the ball here.
Taschuk encourages other drivers to take initiative themselves.
When you hand over your keys, dont just hand them over. Walk around the vehicle with the specialist at the body shop
get the in mileage, what youre dropping it off with, write down the gas
Take a picture if necessary.
1200 to 1400 kilometers isn’t just a drive to the subcontractors.
I had an old diesel Mercedes that was frequently in the shop for A/C repairs back in the early 90’s. Finally one time, after waiting forever for it to be fixed, they gave me a “loaner car.”
I was driving down the road, stopped at a red light, and a car pulls up to me and the guy in the passenger side motions for me to roll down my window.
Next thing I hear is “Why are you driving my car!!?”
That's very good advice but sometimes the car needs an 'Italian tuneup' if the plugs are loaded up so it does get driven hard around the shop; usually first second and third redline is enough. Using it as the mechanic's personal vehicle is not cool and if you grenade the engine while blowing it out, the shop is responsible.
What is that in miles?
Any bank robberies nearby during that period of time?
Sorta like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off...
Wow. You were lucky.
I would have called the police, and told them: "I'm following my car, which is being driven by someone I don't know, without my permission".
“...warranty work. Her vehicle was there for about two-and-a-half weeks.”
Well, that sounds about right.
Easy mental math - 100 km = 62 miles, so 12 x 62 = 744 miles. 1400km would be 868 miles.
Parts had to be shipped by canoe from China.
It is what's known hereabouts as a "fur piece," as in, "That guy dun tuck it a fur piece."
In my neck of the woods, we call this a stolen car.
A check in the US is a cheque in Canada.
Well, technically, it was his window...
So many followup questions, I'll try to be succinct and consolidate.
Did you switch cars there and then, or wait until you both drove back to the shop to retrieve your property and never do business with them again?
They use your car for whatever they want. Crimes. The police impound YOUR vehicle.
Any repair shop that does this needs to be defending itself on the front page of your local paper.
FWIW, "tung" for "tongue" never caught on. OTOH I don't think Noah was aware of tung oil, either.
One of the swankiest restaurants in town used to hire derelicts from my high-school to work in the kitchen and as valet parking attendants.
If you pulled up there with any kind of an interesting car, it WAS gonna go for a joyride! Sadly a couple of them were killed when they wiped out in some sort of high-end sportscar that they were joyriding instead of parking.