TAMPA, Fla. - When James Worley dropped off his Lincoln Town Car at a Tampa muffler shop, he expected the vehicle to be repaired.
Instead, he got it back with even more damage.
Worley says the shop manager told him the car was in a hit-and-run accident on the lot.
But a clue he received in the mail on Tuesday appears to poke holes in that story.
“I believe there was an accident that was unreported,” Worley said.
His car's bumper cover was damaged and there were other issues after he left it at the Original Muffler City Inc. garage.
“He said that the car was hit on the property, that when it was parked outside overnight, he came into work and when he came in, he saw that the car was hit,” Worley said the manager told him when he encountered the damage.
Worley left the car there for two weeks to undergo several repairs.
The first red flag that something wasn't right: the purported hit-and-run crash wasn't reported to police.
He said there were other puzzling clues.
“When I asked him, 'Well, where are the pieces at?' If the car was hit on the property, they would have the pieces, the pieces would have been on the ground. He had no answer,” Worley said.
Worley said the business refused to pay for his repairs.