A month ago I took my campervan to a panel beater to get some rust repairs done prior to getting it road worthied. I plan to sell it as soon as possible. The panel beater though still has not even started work on the rust repairs. He has twice promised he’d have the work done, and twice I’ve rang only to find he’s not even started the work. Now he’s had ample time to do the work, over a month now.
I’m in a bit of a catch 22 situation over this. Without the rust repairs, the campervan is not really road worthy. This panel beater is the closest one to my regular mechanic, so legally I can drive the campervan directly from them to my mechanic once the rust has been repaired in order to get the road worthy inspection done. But I can’t drive it somewhere else, I’d have to have it towed. So to go to another panel beater, it would have to be towed. I’d then have to get it towed to my mechanic for the roadworthy, or drive it directly from the next panel beater to the nearest road worthy place to them for the roadworthy inspection.
In the mean time, I have had two potential buyers for the campervan say they didn’t want to buy because it wasn’t roadworthy, which is understandable. Also, things like the deep cycle batteries which were brand new when I brought them months ago are eating into their warranty time.
So, do I maintain the patience and hope that he’ll start work, which I think just isn’t going to happen. Or do I get it towed and get the work done elsewhere? Has anyone faced a similar situation to this? Can I go to small claims and get the panel beater to pay for the towing to another panel beater? Anyone know of options? Also, anyone know of a good panel beater / rust repairer they can recommend who does the job on time?
As background info, the panel beater is in the ACT, but the campervan will be NSW registered. It is also pretty expensive, at about $32,000 with new deep cycle batteries, stove, sink, hot water service, and toilet as well as other items like solar panels, alarm / immobiliser, vehicle tracking and so on. So it is not like I can afford to have it sitting idle.