Oklahoma Family Out $1000s After Auto Repair Shop Shuts Down Without Finishing Repairs
Written by Kaylee Olivas, KFOR
Published Dec. 28, 2022
A Yukon, OK, family is out thousands of dollars in parts and labor after the auto repair shop they were working with closed before finishing repairs.
Bob Tomko said he was in a car accident back in December 2021.
“Took a little while for me to find somebody to work on the truck knowing full well that things can get a little expensive out there,” said Tomko.
His wife, Mary Tomko, said she knew of a mechanic who could get the job done without breaking the bank. The shop that came to her mind, Blockheads Auto Repair in Mustang, also happened to be a tenant her company was leasing space to.
Bob told KFOR that Blockheads Auto Repair had first done some minor repairs to the truck. He liked the way the job was done, so he and Mary decided to get the rest of the vehicle repaired there.
Bob said the former owner of the shop, Travis Harrison, told them he’d have to order the needed parts directly from Ford. On June 23, Mary wrote a check for $2,050 to Harrison for “truck parts and labor."
Bob reached out to Harrison via text message to ask how things were going on several occasions.
On Aug. 22, Harrison told Bob in a text, “Everything is going good. We should be right on schedule.”
Then, on Oct. 12, texts between Harrison and Bob show Harrison saying he had just gotten off the phone with a Ford representative who said the parts would be delivered Oct. 25.
Mary then started texting Harrison on Oct. 31 about when to drop the truck off for repair, but Harrison didn’t appear to have replied.
Dec. 12 rolled around and Bob said they were still unsure of what was going on because of the lack of communication.
Mary texted Harrison once more saying, “I want my truck parts or my money back. This is a demand text. You have two days to contact me.”
Mary claimed she was told she would receive a reimbursement once Ford reimburses him.
News 4 reached out to Harrison for an interview, but he declined.
He did share with KFOR, “We closed our doors months ago. Her [Mary Tomko] and her husband ordered parts through us. There was no contact for months. We knew we were closing so we sent their parts back to Ford when we closed so we could not be accused of stealing and unfortunately we have been anyways.”
According to a lease agreement between River Rose Properties and Blockheads Auto Repair, space was leased to Harrison for the auto repair shop from Oct. 1, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022.
Mary said once the lease expired, the contract rolled over to a month to month.
Harrison moved out of the space sometime between late November and early December, according to Mary.
Harrison said he has all necessary paperwork, which he will be presenting it to the “courts where matters like this should be discussed.”
He said at the time of closing, he tried reaching out to the Tomkos several times, but never got a response.
Harrison added he thought he was doing the right thing by sending the parts back to Ford.
News 4 attempted to ask other questions, but Harrison said he didn’t want to be on the record.
Mary said she was never made aware Harrison wasn’t reopening elsewhere.
“He told me he moved his shop with cheaper rent,” said Mary.
The Tomkos have since sent Harrison a Letter of Demand giving him until Jan. 15 to reimburse them for the parts and labor they paid for six months ago. Otherwise, the Tomkos plan to take Harrison to small claims court.
News 4 reached out to Ford about whether or not the parts were purchased through Harrison or Blockheads Auto Repair. We also asked if Ford is undergoing a delivery delay.
A Ford representative said they’re looking into the matter, but because the entire company is closed until Jan. 3, the answer likely wouldn’t come until everyone is back in the office.