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Mechanic's money problems cost struggling mom her car

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Shonte Turner said she lost her job and missed multiple doctor's appointments for her 10-year-old son after she suffered a massive stroke.

"It's just taken a toll on our household," Turner said.

She found herself in that position after dropping off her 2002 Volvo at M&R Automotive off FM 1960 in July.  The car had an oil leak.

She said after the auto mechanic told her he fixed the problem, more issues turned up as a result of what she calls a botched repair job.

"I was told that he could fix it and it would be ready in two weeks, she said.  "Two weeks turned out to be four months."

During that time, the landlord where M&R Automotive is located took action against owner/mechanic Ron Johnson.  He filed an eviction notice against the repair shop for failing to pay rent.

"He got as far as $6,000 deep and after the judge told him to pay it or moved out.  After I locked him out, he brought me $1,000, promising to pay another $2,000," James Eldreth said.

Eldreth said he never did get the money from Johnson.  He said he had no choice but to have the remaining seven cars Johnson left behind at the repair shop towed.  Eldreth said he gave Johnson longer than the court allowed to move out.

In the meantime, Turner's Volvo was one of the taken.

"It wasn't repaired.  Items missing out of my car: my battery was gone and parts," she said.

We attempted to reach Johnson at his new repair shop.  He wasn't there, but I did talk to him by phone.  He declined to go on camera but he made a promise: he would give Turner enough money to get her car out of impound.

But she wants Johnson to also pay $400 because she said he lost her keys and refund for the repairs that weren't done.

"This is not the way you do business," she said.  "You don't take people for granted and move from shop to shop."

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