CHOCTAW, OKLA. – Dennis and Cynthia Copeland said AutoWorks Collision Repair has had their damaged pick-up for nearly five months now.
They paid owner, Bo Baxter, all of their insurance money, about $20,000.
The Copelands want to know what happened to the cash.
“He spent it on something different,” Dennis said. “I don’t know. I really don’t think he has it.”
The couple’s daughter, Randa, also dropped off her busted up pick-up and insurance checks at Baxter’s shop.
“I can’t even tell you how many times he told me my truck would be finished by Friday, and it never does happen,” Randa said.
Baxter is a dare devil of sorts.
Five years ago, he and his buddy were arrested for base jumping off the Devon tower.
Now, he’s trying to explain himself out of another tight spot.
A second collision repair company subleases a big chunk of the space at the shop.
We found doors being painted and prepped to go on Randa’s pick-up.
Dennis’ pick-up isn’t close to being finished either.
We know Baxter ordered the parts from this used parts shop on Northeast 23rd Street three months ago.
The store rep who sold him the parts tells the In Your Corner team Baxter won’t come pick up the order.
“They actually tried to deliver the front end of my truck, but they wouldn’t leave it, because he wouldn’t pay for it,”
Baxter cashed insurance checks to the tune of about $27,000.
He said there was an issue with the wrong parts showing up, but text messages from him suggest he spent at least some of the money on something other than parts.
Randa and her parents said they don’t know what to believe and are running short on time, patience and money.
Cynthia has Lupus, and the couple needs their other car, so she can go to doctor appointments.
The family filed complaints with the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
We know Baxter found someone to loan him the cash to finally purchase parts, and repairs to both pick-ups are back on track.
We’ll check back.