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Member Steve Barr (400 4spd.) - a trustworthy seller!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hemi Joel, May 28, 2013.

  1. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 828

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    They say bad news travels like wildfire. On the internet it's even faster than that, and the good news often gets overlooked. When we buy something out of the HAMB classifieds, or any where on line, we know that there is some risk of losing our money or somehow getting burned. And when unexpected problems arise, like shipping damage, the chance of a deal going bad increases.

    So when I have dealings with someone who goes above and beyond, I think you all should hear about that as well. With Steve Barr of Barrs Restorations, (member handle 400 4spd. ) I can tell you for certain that there is NO RISK!

    Here is what happened: I bought an Edmunds aluminum head for a flathead Mopar 6 from Steve. He had taken it in as partial compensation for a bad debt, so he was only slightly familiar with it. But when he went to wrap it up for shipping, he noticed that it had a gouge in the deck surface.
    He promptly notified me and asked if I wanted to cancel the deal with a full refund, or if it would be OK if he had it repaired at his cost. I OKéd having the head milled, and he sent it to a machine shop. The machine shop busted one of the fins when they clamped it to the mill, then wrapped it up for shipping without telling Steve about the damage.
    When I told Steve about it, and sent him a photo, he asked if I wanted my money back, but I suggested a repair. As soon as I had an estimate for the repair, Steve sent me a money order to cover it. Despite the fact that the milling and the welding and grinding probably cost him 75% of the price of the head.
    Obviously he wasn't happy that this happened, but never once did he try to throw blame or make me feel bad about it.
    So now I know that he is one of the most trustworthy guys out there. Thanks Steve!<SCRIPT type=text/javascript> vbmenu_register("postmenu_", true); </SCRIPT>
    Last edited: May 28, 2013
  2. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,117


    awesome news, always good to hear about stand up folks. This is the way it should be. Kudos to all! ~sololobo~
  3. mashed
    Joined: Oct 15, 2011
    Posts: 1,474

    from 4077th


    He certainly deserves the good word.
  4. cavman
    Joined: Mar 23, 2005
    Posts: 630


    Good post ....we all hope to deal with sellers like this. I doesn't cost the sellers a thing to be honest about products they have to sell, but it pays them in the long run to make the customer happy.
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  5. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,548

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    Kudo's to Steve for being a stand up guy, and to Hemi Joel for typing about it- even if he can't type!
  6. truckjunky24
    Joined: Jan 18, 2008
    Posts: 176


    There's a Few good Hot Rodders still out there!!!
  7. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    great story...
  8. Not many of these guys still out there in todays world. Seems like everyone is out to make a buck....
  9. There are still people out there with honour and good character .Well done Steve
  10. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,730

    from Canada

    Great business practice 400 4spd

    Maybe you won't make any money on this deal but you bought a great deal of goodwill with this deal. Money can't usually buy that. Good that it all worked out.
  11. captmullette
    Joined: Oct 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,929


    its good to hear of customer service like it use to be.....hats off to steve
  12. Koz
    Joined: May 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,251


    In my dealings with car people 99.9% are stand up guys. The few bad deals I've had are from people who really were not car guys and were just in it for the cash. I'd like to add how important it is to make note of the good guys. We have a bad sellers list for the other side.
  13. Good for him and good for you for posting this. We need more posts about good sellers to steer buyers away from the bad ones.
  14. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    That sucks when a deal goes wrong, and even sucks worse when it keeps getting worse..... Steve sounds like a stand up guy.

    Great Post....
  15. 400 4spd.
    Joined: Jan 23, 2011
    Posts: 53

    400 4spd.

    It takes two fair and honest people for a transaction to turn out well. Thank you, Joel, for your understanding in the matter. I wish it could have arrived to you in the same condition as it was in the pictures I took prior to it going to the machine shop. If I've learned one thing out of this situation, it is this - ALWAYS photograph your parts before you leave them for work, and ALWAYS inspect every part before paying and leaving.
    Again, thank you Joel for your business and for trusting me to follow through with my part.
    Steve Barr
  16. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,187


    Joined: May 6, 2012
    Posts: 325

    Thanks for that. Nice to here when something goes right. Nice also to give out well deserved praise. Seems to be more natural for us to vent and spew when we are pissed at a theif or a shyster, though, than to give credit where credit is due.:rolleyes:
  18. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,067


    We need a "Great Sellers List", that would be to cool!
  19. swimeasy
    Joined: Oct 17, 2006
    Posts: 1,067


    We also need a "Kick Their Teeth In" list!
  20. 3340
    Joined: Jun 4, 2010
    Posts: 556


    I agree with koz, and yes my vote on a goodguys list, I have delt with many here and the ford barn, all were stand up guys. thank you for these sights. wayne
  21. kennb
    Joined: Jan 8, 2008
    Posts: 178


    Great to here of a good transaction. Most of the time it's the other way around. Ken
  22. USA Tires Sign Joe
    Joined: Aug 13, 2006
    Posts: 1,072

    USA Tires Sign Joe
    from Western NJ

    Nice to hear in this day-and-age of sellers (collectors, hoarders, hobbyists etc.) who care about the customer's satisfaction, bottom line.
  23. Restores my faith in humanity...

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