MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A controversial East Tennessee auto restore store is closed after the state Division of Income seized its property and offered them to pay excellent taxes.
Eurohaus Motorsports in Maryville was shut down after the proprietor didn’t pay state taxes. In a press release, the Division of Income mentioned it made each try to resolve excellent tax liabilities with Eurohaus Motorsports and enterprise proprietor Robert Berry. The Division of Finance informed WATE that earlier than the public sale, the state “despatched letters to Berry, emails and cellphone calls to arrange a cost plan.” however that failed. So, they seized the property left within the store and auctioned it off for cost towards taxes.
A number of of those that confirmed up for the public sale have been Berry’s former clients looking for lacking elements to their automobiles.
Tim Diggs was on the public sale hoping to seek out vital elements to his automobile. Seventeen months in the past, Diggs dropped off his 2005 Porsche for Berry to restore. It was by no means fastened. He bought the automobile again however not the elements.
The state stays Berry positioned lots of of elements on this storage bin subsequent to his storage. Diggs visited the bin every week in the past.
“And I had a mechanic with me. We regarded however couldn’t determine something that gave the impression to be mine. Even when you discover elements that you simply assume are yours you possibly can’t show that they’re yours, they’re not numbered or something,’ mentioned Diggs.
The general public on the public sale have been mechanics and store house owners searching for a deal. However Gishelle Gish like Diggs hoped to seek out elements to her automobile which are lacking. It’s a 1973 Porsche 911 S.
“I’ve quite a few elements right here that Robert has had. Transmission, 911 heads, and motor and stuff that he has had of mine,” mentioned Gish. “Among the work has been completed, I simply don’t have it again but, the transmission remains to be out of it. Properly, it’s fairly, fairly distressing as a result of the automobile I had could be very invaluable.”
In February 2022, we reported how David discovered his unique 2016 Porsche in items after paying Berry $13,000 to repair the engine in October 2020. A month after our interview, David bought his Porsche and took it to a second store to have it repaired.
On the state public sale, the Eurohaus Motorsports property was offered inside hours. Diggs left disenchanted. Regardless that Berry returned his automobile, with out the transmission, that couldn’t be recognized, the precious car is only a shell.
“I’ve paid him slightly below $15,000 supposedly for elements to this point. Really, the automobile is mainly nugatory with out the powertrain in it. So, I’m out $50,000. Your selections (for repairs) on automobiles like this are fairly restricted on this space. Do a little analysis earlier than you do it,” mentioned Diggs.
The state mentioned ‘each effort” was made to “contact the house owners of automobile elements” left at Eurohaus Motorsports. Nevertheless, unidentified motor elements have been left on the store. Diggs and Gish mentioned it was almost unimaginable to know which elements belonged to their automobiles.
Berry cited a number of causes for why he bought behind when questioned by WATE earlier this yr: staffing issues, being pressured to maneuver his store to Maryville after shedding his lease in Lenoir Metropolis and different points associated to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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