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Another Shop ShowCasing Your work As Their's

posted in: donali garage, news on May 05, 2009 at 06:02 PM

Alright I’m a little upset, I was on the Internet and found a picture of a car That I painted a few year’s ago.I’m fine with that, but what disturb’s me is that it was an ad for a “custom paint shop”. They we’re using the car I painted for their ad,so people are misinformed about their work.I thought I would get some input on what I should do?So your thought’s would be greatly appreciated.
DonAli Garage



Strange Motion Garage
May 05, 2009 at 06:29 PM

Call em up and pretend to be a customer ask a ton of questions about the car in their ad, see if they fess up…that what we did one time, we had a car in Chicago at Wold of Wheels, and left the car for the customer for the weeken when we came back after a couple days another shop had their cards all over the floor in the display, they heard us talking say that we would not be back till Sunday but came back on Sat night, they must have been planning to have them gone by Sunday…we removed all the cards then called them a week later, they went along as they built it…then my wife called them out, stupid people, and this guy helps judge now at Street Machine nats shows…some nerve, some one also said they seen a car we did for ourselves a nd never sold, that they seen it in Inidana someplace on a shops billboard ad….WTF?!

Bruno's Rare '65 Hi-Po Falcon Garage
May 05, 2009 at 06:30 PM

That sucks Alicia. I am not sure what steps you should take, but I am sure someone will post a reply with some guidance for you. Hope you can get some satisfaction about getting that other paint shop to make it right with you, and stop using your work to advertise for their shop. That’s just plain wrong! best of luck to you! Bernie from New York state.

Vierstra Design Garage
May 05, 2009 at 06:32 PM


That is so wrong!

A cease and desist (also called C & D) is an order or request to halt an activity, or else face legal action. The recipient of the cease-and-desist may be an individual or an organization.

The term is used in two different contexts. A cease-and-desist order can be issued by a judge or government authority, and has a well-defined legal meaning. In contrast, a cease-and-desist letter can be sent by anyone, although typically they are drafted by a lawyer.

A cease-and-desist letter is a letter demanding that the recipient refrain from a certain behavior or face legal action. Some types of behaviors that may prompt such letters include
One that particularly involves you- Patent infringement, copyright infringement or trademark infringement.

It may not be them, it may possibly the advertising agency that provided the photo. How they got it is another story.

DonAli Garage
May 05, 2009 at 06:55 PM
Reply to Vierstra Design Garage on May 05, 2009 at 06:32 PM

Ok they did the owner’s second car that I started,but he wanted to take the car to the chasis shop before we finished the car…made sense,at the time.Then we we’re left holding the bag and never received payment for either job.As he took the second car to this shop to have it finished.That’s how they got the photo’s for the ad.Now they go to car show’s and advertise the car as their work!!!!

GMAC Garage
May 05, 2009 at 06:59 PM

If I were you, I’d call Strange Motion and have Tim go up there and just do a plain old simple ass kicking! Our know our motto, if you screw with us, we’ll screw with you!

Steele's Rod and Custom Garage
May 05, 2009 at 07:15 PM

This has happened to me probrably 15 times. The first was a 67 ss chevelle convertable (clone) that I did for a friend back in 86. The car was the cover car for the “Paint and Body addition of Hot Rod no less. The new owner put his buddys shop as the builder. The same car was the cover car for Original Parts Group also. So when I was at Street Machine Nats I confronted the guy who owns the car now. He said he had no info on who built the car but would give me the credit. The car ended up in Super Chevy and his frind got the credit again! I went to SEMA and the car was at the OPG booth and as I walked toward him he starts backing up saying ” I now you built it I’m sorry” I don’t build for the credits, but I in no way would I take credit for someone elses work. This is just one instance. It happens alot to me.

attitudehotrods Garage
May 05, 2009 at 11:21 PM

I would post this info and the name of the shop..making sure ALL facts are correct..as they say, buyer beware.

Joe's Garage
May 06, 2009 at 08:33 AM

We had a guy in Dayton, Ohio do that with a Henry J. He had the nerve to say he built the car when all he did was touch up the paint and do some finishing work after the owner pulled the car from the builder without paying the money he owed.

Fordy Acres Car Farm Garage
May 06, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I agree with ‘Government Motors’ comment above – Maybe some “Steel Toe Sickness” is in order !!!

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