After receiving $25,000 to fix a vintage Disney golf cart, the repair shop is holding the now disassembled the vehicle hostage.
Now the repair shop and its owner along with the company that facilitated the transaction and its owner are being sued on seven counts.
Anthony “Tony” Colangelo is listed as CEO and managing member of Villages Golf Cart Man, which repairs and creates custom golf carts. Villages hired Competition 101 Racing to repair and restore a golf cart for a customer.
The companies decided on a price of $25,000 for all repairs including a ‘Custom Designed Rust-Resistant Powdercoated Frame.”
It was agreed that three payments would be made, two for $8,400 and one for $8,200.
The time frame given was six weeks. This was because the golf carts owner planned to enter it into the Halloween parade at Disney World.
The owner of Competition 101 Racing, Stuart Lycett, allegedly mislead Villages Golf Cart Man by giving off the impression that he operated a licensed repair shop. He made it appear he would be handling the restoration, when, in reality, Lectric Limos would be doing the work.
According to sunbiz.org, Lectric Limos – which has been administratively dissolved – had listed Dennis Paul Abbey of Tampa as its president.
In February 2016, the golf cart was delivered; records show either Lectric Limos or Competition took the cart to the location it presently resides.
On Feb. 19, the first payment was made. The second payment was sent on March 25, after an invoice was sent at the beginning of the month. A final invoice was sent the Village Golf Cart Man for a payment of $8,400 plus a $2,500 adjustment charge.
Village Golf Cart Man was never informed of any additional fees, nor did he agree to them. Although no reasoning was given as to why the last charge was $8,400 rather than $8,200, it was found that the $2,500 was charged for powder-coating. Because the powder-coating was already charged in the original agreement, Village Golf Cart Man refused to pay the extra $2,500.
Shortly after, the suit claims the shop disassembled the cart without reason.
On June 1, the final agreed payment of $8,200 was made.
By Aug. 1, Villages Golf Cart Man had sent a letter to the companies demanding either the repair work be completed, or the cart be returned for a refund.
However, three days later, the companies responded by demanding an additional payment of $3,500.
Villages Golf Cart Man obtained a certificate for the release if the cart from the Pinellas County Clerk of Court. When presented with the certificate, the companies still refused to return the cart, according to the suit. The company verbally demanded a storage fee of $8,955.
The Pinellas Park Police Department was called to help Villages Golf Cart Man retain its property. However, they declined to assist due to the cart being in pieces. They could not tell which parts belonged to the cart and which belonged to other projects.
As of Nov. 17, the date of filing, the cart had yet to be returned.
The golf cart is a collectors’ item. It was used at Walt Disney World for the attraction Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.
Villages Golf Cart Man is a vehicle dealer that specializes in custom and specialized golf carts.