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Cars in Lansing Maaco released

Posted at 7:52 PM, Jan 23, 2020

LANSING, Mich. — The owner of the Lansing Maaco has gone awol and nobody has been able to get their cars out of the Maaco garage for months.

You know the ad - "If you need collision or surface paint repair, then uh oh, better get Maaco!" But "uh oh," nobody can get their car out of this Maaco. (Source WILX)A judge granted an eviction order allowing the Ingham County Sheriff's Office to open up the shop. Thirty-three people were able to get their cars back.

Corey Potter was one of those people who was able to get his truck back. When News 10 last spoke to him and his wife Latasha, they were just hoping they'd hear back from the owner, Doug Parks, and eventually see the truck again, which was a surprise birthday present for their son.

"I went to his house to check on things and I didn't get an answer. No one answered," Potter said.

There was no sign of Parks on Thursday, but the surprise birthday present that he never got to give his son is out.

"I'm relieved that the vehicle is there, but still upset because I have to pay for a new key because they can't find my key. I'm just glad that I know it's there," Potter said.

On Alfred Nineza's car, it looks like Parks did some work.

"I brought my car here last year in the end of August. My deposit was $1,000," Nineza said.

For Potter, this is a nightmare that is finally over with a birthday surprise on the horizon for his son.

"No, he doesn't know yet. We're going to send it somewhere else and get it painted,"

Customers told News 10 the Maaco corporate office has reached out to offer reimbursements and help get the cars repaired at another Maaco shop.

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