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Old 02-26-2009, 01:26 PM
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Avoid Kraftwerk Auto Body At All Costs

The owner of the shop is a pathological liar. He has had my car for 11 months and it is nowhere near done and he refuses to give it back to me. I am having to sue him to get my car. Complete nightmare.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:54 PM
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It goes on and on. I have now filed a police report, filed a lawsuit, and submitted a complaint to the PA attorney general's office. The ass has now demanded that I pay him $3500 on top of the $2500 I already paid him, but won't say what the money is for. Stay away from John Semanko and Kraftwerk auto body.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:36 AM
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Going to court on April 15. Will post results.
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1994 E500 199/Gray 82k
84 300D (Salty) Orient Red/Palomino 141k
88 300CE (Ersatzhammer) 904/Java 163k -- Turbo Technics twin turbo kit, AMG Gen I body kit, Sportline steering box and steering wheel, Sportline/Eibach /Bilstein Sport/500E suspension, Quaife LSD in 210 mm diff case, Silver Arrow brakes.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:57 AM
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What were the results?

I noticed your rant about Kraftwerk and was wondering why you never posted the court results.
Did John win the case? I have used him and known him for more than 15 years and have never found anything he has said to be a lie. The man doesn't advertise, isn't listed in the phone books, yet has more customers than he can deal with. All very loyal, all forever clients.

It makes me question your position in this situation. Could the problem have been the lack of understanding of the cars owner?

Just wondering.
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:35 AM
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We reached a settlement of the dispute. There was no misunderstanding. He had the car for 15 months before I sued him to get it back. He lied to me on a weekly basis all the way through, interspersed with racist jokes.
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1994 E500 199/Gray 82k
84 300D (Salty) Orient Red/Palomino 141k
88 300CE (Ersatzhammer) 904/Java 163k -- Turbo Technics twin turbo kit, AMG Gen I body kit, Sportline steering box and steering wheel, Sportline/Eibach /Bilstein Sport/500E suspension, Quaife LSD in 210 mm diff case, Silver Arrow brakes.
88 300CE Brabus 3.6 199 on Black 44k
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Old 08-24-2010, 11:16 AM
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I'm in the same boat that you were in. I was in an accident back in April and John and Kraftwerk came HIGHLY recommended so I took my car to him. It's been 4 months and still no car. Any other body shop would have had the car repaired in about 3 weeks. I seriously regret my decision now. I hope John finishes soon and that I don't have to end up suing him to get my car back and then have to take it to another shop to complete the work and have to pay out of pocket. This has been a disaster.
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Old 08-25-2010, 09:31 AM
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That sucks. One problem there, too, is that he has a lawyer who plays golf with the district justice who hears all the small claims court matters. Anybody suing Kraftwerk will get totally home-towned. You should consider sending him a letter asking for a firm completion date.
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1994 E500 199/Gray 82k
84 300D (Salty) Orient Red/Palomino 141k
88 300CE (Ersatzhammer) 904/Java 163k -- Turbo Technics twin turbo kit, AMG Gen I body kit, Sportline steering box and steering wheel, Sportline/Eibach /Bilstein Sport/500E suspension, Quaife LSD in 210 mm diff case, Silver Arrow brakes.
88 300CE Brabus 3.6 199 on Black 44k
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