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Posted: 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, 2012
By Don Griffin
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
Sherri Robinson now drives a sporty Honda after she paid $1,200 for aftermarket chrome rims.
The rims were installed by Dirty South on Wilkinson Boulevard in Charlotte. But later, when Robinson had a bad inflation sensor, she went to Discount Tire in Concord and discovered she was in danger.
“The lugs on here were the incorrect lugs. It was my original Honda lugs,” she said.
She said the technicians at Discount Tire told her the lugs were not snug-fitting and could cause her tires to come off the car.
“I was totally upset because I have my kids to ride with my, my grand babies, and we all have been in danger, riding around unsafe,” she said.
She said Discount Tire insisted she not drive the car unless the correct lugs and a new sensor were installed, which cost her $100.
Robinson said Dirty South’s owner told her to bring him the receipts, but refused to pay for the lugs, saying it was not his fault.
He blamed the technician for installing the wrong lugs on Robinson’s car, but disagreed with the assessment that her wheels were in danger of coming off the car.
However, after a conversation with Action 9, the owner of Dirty South repaid Robinson for the repairs.
“That made me happy because otherwise I would not have gotten the money back,” Robinson said.
She advises anyone shopping for aftermarket rims to make sure they get the right parts.
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