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Thursday 2 October 2014

Man sued for work on '81 Mini Cooper

Published 08/04/2014 | 05:34

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A Bree man who advertises himself online as a specialist in restoring classic cars online had a case brought against him at Wexford Civil Court.

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A Bree man who advertises himself online as a specialist in restoring classic cars online had a case brought against him at Wexford Civil Court.

Patrick Higo, of Garrenstackle, Bree, was sued by Brian McCollum of Carrick-on-Suir, Co Tipperary, for allegedly failing to carry out work that was already paid for.

Mr McCollum told the court that he had hired Mr Higo to carry out work on his 1981 Mini Cooper, including painting, welding and installing new floor panels. He told Judge Haughton that Mr Higo had told him that there would be 'no rust' left in the car and that the paintwork would be a 'mirror finish'. He also said that Mr Higo had agreed to install a Cooper head and have a look at some wiring for him.

Mr McCollum said that, in total, he had paid over €2,600 to Mr Higo to carry out work on the car and had expected it to be ready to run when it came back.

When he received delivery of the car, he said that the steering was not right and the ball joints were held on with vice grips.

He said that there were several bits missing from the car and that the brake pipes were broken. In relation to the paint job, he said that there were several blemishes and the undercoat on the roof was visible. He said he had asked Mr Higo to come and take a look at the car on several occasions, even offering to pay for his diesel, but he declined.

Mr Higo said that there were a number of underlying problems with the car. He said the only part of the car that he promised would be rust free was the floor panels and welding which he was undertaking. He said: 'I can't and won't be held responsible for work that someone else has carried out on a 34-year-old car.'

Mr Higo told the court that the car was in bad shape and was 'full of filler', however when Judge Haughton asked him if he informed Mr McCollum of this fact, he replied 'No. I just carried out the work I was paid to do. Any defects were not mine, they were already in the vehicle. It's nothing to do with me.'

In the end, Judge Haughton said that he was 'satisfied that the work was defective' before handing a down a decree in favour of the plaintiff for €2,600 plus costs.

Gorey Guardian

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