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Troubleshooters: Too Hot to Handle in Lewistown

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Audrey Barberi has traveled all over the world and seen many places.

"I moved back, this is my home, I was born and raised here."

Having returned to her hometown of Lewistown, Barberi brought with her, a means of transportation.

A 1997 Cadillac Seville, unfortunately she ran into problems with the vehicle.

"Triple A and everybody said no, we can't figure out what it is. I've had two mechanics look at it, they'd done the diagnostics and everything."

The car, continuously overheating in the span of a single city block, she searched for answers.

One local repair shop was recommended, so she had the vehicle towed to Repairs Unlimited.

"It just sat and sat and sat and I told them, I said take your time it's alright. I thought maybe a week at the most, I didn't think it would be a year that they've had the car."

Talking via phone with one of the mechanics at the repair shop, he confirms they installed a new battery, new alternator, new water pump with servicing the radiator.

The original bill quoted at $525, now nearly doubled despite the car still not running properly.

"Then they came up with a bill of $962, but I can't drive the car off the lot. I said wait a minute, you can't tell me a car is fixed and charge me $962."

Repair Unlimited tells HOI ABC they've gone as far as they can with the vehicle repairs.

"He said there's one other thing I can do, but he said we don't work on Northstar Motors."

Reaching out to Kelley Blue Book, the company says that particular engine was phased out in the early 2000's.

As for Barberi, she decided to problem solve on her own.

"I called Cadillac King, out in California and i said do you have this part that goes to the motor. Yes we have one it's $175 dollars we can to send it to you."

Add it all up, and that means Barberi would have to come up with at least $1,137, not including labor for the repairs or a certainty the problems would be fixed.

Donnie Tillman

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