|Tom Neuman, Inc. RV & Truck Repair Overcharged for Travel to Site Rawlins, Wyoming |
|26th of Mar, 2011 by User285041 |
|On September 19, 2010, while vacationing in Saratoga, WY, I called Neuman's RV and Truck Repair, 1423 E. Daley, Rawlins, WY, and spoke with Tom Neuman. I requested that he come to my location and repair the broken front stabilizer jack on my 5th wheel RV. He agreed to do so and when I asked how much this would cost, he told me that he charged $1.50 per mile service charge and $96.00 per hour for labor. He went on to say that it was 40 miles from Rawlins to Saratoga one way, making the mileage fee $120.00. Believing that the labor charge would begin once the technician arrived at my campsite and end when he left, I agreed to the charges. When the technician, Joe, arrived the following morning he spent 30 minutes providing a temporary fix to the problem, then asked if I had a piece of paper upon which he would prepare me a bill. (He said he had no invoice forms with him.) I did so and was presented with a bill for $381.60. When I questioned such a large amount Joe said it was $120.00 mileage fee plus $240.00 labor (2 hours @ $96.00 per hour) plus $21.60 tax. I pointed out that he'd only been there for 30 minutes and he responded that the labor charge began when he left his place of business and ended when he returned. He continued by telling me it took one hour to drive from Rawlins to Saratoga each way. Believing, at the time, that I had no other alternative I paid with a credit card, then called and spoke with Mr. Neuman. I expressed my displeasure about the fact that he had not explained the labor fee and left me believing it would begin when the technician arrived and began working. Mr. Newman responded, That's the way things are done around here [the Rawlins area], then hung up on me. I believe that Mr. Neuman, knowing I was from out of town, took advantage of my predicament and deliberately exploited me. These exorbitant charges absolutely were not made clear to me when I requested his service and had they been, I would have chosen a different alternative.|
|Tom Neuman was called out for a service call on our truck on July 19th. He looked at our truck and told us that we needed a fuel pump ($900.) He replaced the fuel but the truck still would not run. He then replaced several other parts, still the truck would not run. After keeping our driver stranded along the road for an entire week he gave up. Our truck was towed to another shop where it was repaired in a day with a $95. part.|
When the truck was finished Neuman showed up at the other shop with a bill for two thousand five hundred dollars ($2500.) and the police. He told our drivers that if they didnt pay him on the spot they would be arrested.
The officer told us all that we would have to take him to court to recover the charges. Neuman knew full well that it is not feasible to hire an out of state attorney to recover $2500.
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