Lansing Maaco customers wait coming to an end

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LANSING, MICH. (WLNS) — Customers now have answers after they took their vehicles to an auto body shop that closed its doors in early December.

A judge ruled Wednesday morning that car owners will be allowed to get inside the Maaco auto body shop later this month.

The Lansing auto body shop closed unexpectedly with several cars trapped inside. It’s a case that was brought to the courtroom Wednesday morning.

Maaco customers, including Conrad Morrison, have to wait about two more weeks to get their vehicles back. Some of the customers have had their cars trapped inside the shop for months.

“My car has been tied up for 13 weeks,” Morrison said.

Customers haven’t been able to reach Douglas Parks, the owner of Maaco in Lansing, for more than a month.

He didn’t show up in court Wednesday morning and a judge ruled that he can be evicted in 10 days from the building. The customers had hoped for a sooner eviction date.

“Well I’m sad over that,” Morrison said. “I’d like to have it and other people’s vehicles today, but it’s not gonna happen. I guess the earliest it’s gonna happen is the 21st.”

Customers aren’t sure if they will get their deposits back, which for Conrad is $600.

We reached out to Maaco and we’re still waiting for a response.

“I hope our vehicles are there,” said Morrison. “I hope they have not been sold to a chop shop or to scrap. That would be bad, but I gotta have the faith though.”

The Ingham County Sheriff’s Office said the plan is to evict parks on Thursday, Jan 23.

The owner of the building plans to change the locks to the building and people can get their vehicles back the morning of the 23rd. Customers will need to have a valid ID and the title of their vehicle.

We will continue to follow this story and let you know the date and time officers will be at the Maaco building to allow customers to claim their vehicles.

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