The aim of this post is just to make other aware of my experience and so that other people do not end up in the same position. Everything is factual and I have all supporting evidence if required. There is currently an ongoing police investigation into fraud and also a civil claim which I have raised, so I just want to stop other people who may be considering this company for future work.
On 4th October 2017 I transferred £2000 to ProAlfa Limited for the 250bhp conversion on my Abarth 595 Turismo. This money was for the forge intercooler and made to order parts for the conversion, the total cost of the work was going to be circa £5500 and after doing weeks of research on who to go with and what was involved, I felt ProAlfa were the best company to do the work. After making the payment, all email contact ceased with the owner, Chris Taylor, and after making the 200 mile journey from my home address to the ProAlfa premises on October 14th it was perfectly clear that I had been duped into the payment.
To take it back to after I made the payment, I hadn't received the receipt for the money which I was told I would get on payment. At this point I started to do some digging into the company, as prior to this, the internet was full of praise for ProAlfa and Chris (the Chris I believed to be the Chris everyone talked about online). If you look at Companies House however, you will see that the company actually changed ownership on September 18th 2017, to another Chris, Chris Taylor.
Up until this point, Chis Taylor had responded to emails, and I had spoken to him a few times on the phone to go through customising bits of the conversion. His technical knowledge was sound and not once did I get the impression when speaking to him, that I was dealing with someone who didn't come across as a respectable person with a good reputation, a reputation that the previous owner(s) at ProAlfa had built up over the years. It wasn't until I saw the information on Companies House that alarm bells started to ring. In one phone conversation with Chris, I brought up the name of a YouTube blogger who had all his work done by Chris at ProAlfa (that's all that was stated in the videos), at which point the new owner, Chris Taylor, acknowledged it as his work. On arrival at the premises on October 14th I did some digging with some people in the area, and found out he had no ties to the previous ProAlfa as a mechanic, and was an outsider taking over the company. I was also told by local people in the area, that I was just one of a number of people unable to get hold of Chris Taylor, be it for money back, or their car returned.
To this date, I have tried on a daily basis to get in touch with the owner via email and phone with no look. Email contact gets no response, and ringing the business line yields a subscriber voicemail box full message.
I will update this post once I have further details regarding both the criminal and civil proceedings in a bid to get my £2000 back. However after starting this nightmare process back in the middle of September, I wanted to make sure others were informed of my dealings and to save others the huge disappointment and hassle I have endured so far.