LINDALE, TX — Smith County Constable Dennis Taylor says they have already taken three cars from the Alvey's Body Shop in Lindale this week for drivers who were tired of waiting for their cars to get fixed. "We've been getting complaints about cars not being worked on," he says.
Taylor says David Alvey, the owner, makes about $30,000 in insurance checks every month, but the cars aren't getting fixed. "His electricity and water are shut off. The cars aren't getting fixed. So where's the money going?" Taylor says.
One driver says she took her truck to Alvey's to get a new bumper. When she went to pick it up, she says had no bumper Alvey had messed up other parts on the truck. She also says her rims and tires were taken off of her truck and put on Alvey's truck, so she called the Constable.
Alvey was arrested for theft of property, but was released just a couple of hours later on a $4,000 bond.
Since she gave Alvey her insurance check and he already cashed it, she says the $7 thousand dollars to fix the damage is coming from her pocket.
Several East Texans also say they went to Alvey's and gave him money, but their cars never got fixed. Some people say just a couple of years ago, they took their cars to Alvey and he fixed them well.
Now. the Better Business Bureau rates Alvey's Body Shop with an "F" after a customer filed a complaint that his mirror was replaced with a shiny piece of cardboard.
Constable Taylor says if anyone has a car at Alvey's, he will go get it. Unfortunately, he says customerrs will probably not get their cars fixed or get their money back.
The Constable also says they searched Alvey's car, business, and home for drugs, but none were found.