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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 16:52

Woman Claims NJ Shop has Scammed her out of Motorcycles

An auto body shop in Raritan Borough which sells and restores classic cars is being accused in a lawsuit of scamming a woman out of the value of more than a half-dozen classic motorcycles and cars—an accusation Joseph Tinnes and his business, Total Automotive, denies.

Online comments at local media sources expressed support for Joseph Tinnes and disbelief that he was at fault. Rather, they speculated, there was a large storage fee owed on the vehicles in question.

Aviva Nubel, 66, says she relied on Tinnes’ shop, located on Orlando Drive, to store and sell the eight vehicles that she inherited.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court in Somerville, claims that Tinnes has refused to return her 1948 Triumph, 1995 Harley Davidson Heritage Soft Tail, and a 1999 Harley Davidson Ultra Guide Classic, which she believes the shop has sold. The lawsuit also claims that the shop sold her 1973 911 Porsche S Coupe for $5,000 less than the $42,500 price she agreed to sell it for, and that the shop duped her into believing that that her 1964 Porsche Carrera was worth less than it really was.

The lawsuit also says that the shop sold off her 1993 Harley Davidson Ultra Glide classic anniversary edition and Pataco moped without her knowledge.

Tinnes said he was “shocked” when he received the complaint in the mail.

“I always dealt with the lady who owned all the stuff, who passed away,” he said. “I’ve been in business 17 years and I’ve never been sued in my life.”

On its website, Total Automotive claims to be expert on Porsche’s 911 model and lists several cars for sale.

Tinnes said the motorcycles remain at his business, where he was asked to store them “for safe keeping,” adding that he had been trying to get Nubel to pick them up.

He referred other questions about the suit to his attorney, David W. Trombadore of Somerville, who did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Nubel is represented by Michael P. DeMarco of North Haledon firm DeMarco & DeMarco.


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