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Johnson County sues repair shop owner after complaints

October 12, 2018

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Johnson County’s district attorney is suing a repair shop owner after multiple consumers complained that the shop stripped their cars instead of fixing them.

Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe has filed a lawsuit against Fred Goebel and his business, Showroom Carstar LLC, which operated in Shawnee and later moved to Eudora. The county’s case comes after two similar lawsuits against Goebel and related complaints on social media, the Kansas City Star reported.

Goebel is believed to be living in Florida and has left behind more than $111,000 in paid-for but unfinished work, as well as vehicles that are missing parts, according to the county’s lawsuit. One customer says he still hasn’t gotten his car back from Goebel, more than five years after paying him for work that was supposed to take 10 months, the lawsuit says.

Records show that Goebel and his business faced financial issues, including tax liens that exceeded $17,000 in 2015 and 2016.

Goebel told the newspaper by phone that he was unaware of the county’s lawsuit and he hung up when asked whether he’s living in Florida. Goebel didn’t return the paper’s subsequent calls.

Lenexa resident Ray Hiersche handed over his 1985 Pontiac Trans Am to Goebel for a paint job about four years ago. Hiersche agreed to other major modifications to the car and wrote Goebel checks for the upgrades.

But Goebel wouldn’t let Hiersche see the car. The police later found it sitting outside a storage unit, hardly more than a shell of the classic muscle car.

“It was kind of like stripped,” Hiersche said.

Hiersche is seeking more than $40,400 he paid Goebel, as well as the parts that were removed from his vehicle.

His experience mirrors other complaints in the lawsuit.

Jay Lord swapped his car for a 1971 Oldsmobile Cutlass convertible in Goebel’s possession. Goebel was supposed to restore the convertible by 2015, but Lord found the car still incomplete and missing numerous significant parts two years later.

The district attorney’s lawsuit seeks a court order to permanently stop Goebel and his business from operating in Johnson County. The lawsuit also seeks $70,000 in fines.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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