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Broken Down Vehicles Pose Struggles for Shops

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Feb. 26, 2019—A mechanic shop in South Carolina are looking to avoid having broken down cars sit outside their shops, according to a report by WFXG Fox 54. When a car sits broken down in a lot, the possibility of theft becomes more prevalent as parts could potentially be taken, where shops are later held accountable for stolen items, the station reports.

WFXG Fox 54 spoke with Ronnie Williamson, owner of Williamson Auto Center in Aiken, S.C. about how vehicles in his lot. Williamson told the station that he strives to keep his shop safe from oil spills and fluid waste, but he has to wait an additional two-to-three years before vehicles can be moved off of his property, WFXG Fox 54 reports. 

“It’s very frustrating,” Williamson said to WFXG Fox 54. “You have to worry about people coming to take stuff off of them and then the owners could possibly show up within three years. That’s the law, and you pretty much are responsible for them.”

Williamson waits three years and takes the vehicles to small claims court for ownership rights, WFXG Fox 54 reports. According to the publication, Williamson has had customers come back within two years and want to get the the cars fixed. 

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