Can I remind all users without exception that we operate a policy of NO NAME AND SHAME. This applies to the most recent discussions as well as to all previous discussions on rogue businesses.
There are people who do little or no research on a trader's history before SORing their car with them. I have no idea why they just hand their cars over: I guess people are optimists and I applaud their optimism.
We have all been taken in by fraudsters: I have been swindled more than once by people I trusted wholeheartedly. I refuse to believe that everyone in the Porsche selling game is a shyster but I would do intense due diligence before sending any of my cars off beyond the four walls of my own garage.
I feel for people who get taken in by outwardly trustworthy businesses, but I am not going to court with any of these businesses over claimed damage to reputation. I could bring twenty grownups into a court to testify that a certain trader's reputation was in the toilet before anything was posted on this forum and you would think that would win the case. The truth is that the courts do not come with any guarantees. Either way I am not paying to fight these battles or to put up with the stress.
This person and the others who we have come to learn through bitter experience are bona fide bandits should all be avoided, but we cannot share their details here. Time will pass and people may revise the details of what happened and decide it is worth the risk to deal with them again, but the safest and sanest thing is always going to be not to deal with these people. Make it a permanent resolution: there are plenty more businesses to choose from.
Share your bad stories and spread the word in whatsapp groups or on social media or in person at meets etc, but not on this forum. I am relying on IBers to self police a bit more effectively or we'll have to handle it some other way. Do not connect this forum to this sort of stuff.
A note on benevolent dictatorship
Note to people who have maybe not been here since we first started in 2006. IB does not work on management by committee. We do not have an appeals process or seek meaningful votes on anything of this nature. Do as the rules say in these instances or please do not use the forum. If in doubt, do not post.