Volvo owner says defendants didn't complete or ensure necessary repairs to her accident-damaged vehicle

By Nicholas Malfitano | May 26, 2017

PHILADELPHIA – An automobile owner claims her Volvo dealership and an auto body shop didn’t make necessary repairs to her vehicle in a timely manner, nor did her insurance company ensure the repairs were completed.

On May 16, Rachel Tamalonis of Coatesville filed suit in the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas against Stillman Volvo and Young Auto Body of West Chester, The Hartford of Philadelphia and Trumbull Insurance Company (doing business as “The Hartford”) of Hartford, Conn.

On April 10, 2016, Tamalonis was involved in a serious automobile accident which resulted in substantial damage to her 2015 Volvo T5 all-wheel drive vehicle, including malfunctioning brake lights, headlights and sensors, electrical issues and tire destruction and damage.

As a result of the damage, Tamalonis was requested by defendant Hartford and others to present her vehicle for repairs to defendants Stillman Volvo and Young Auto Body.

Stillman Volvo was responsible for repairing the vehicle's electrical issues, outside sensors, headlight malfunctions, brake light malfunctions and other electrical circuitry issues, while Young Auto Body was tasked with repairing the tires, front end alignment and other body issues. At all times, Hartford agreed to pay the costs associated with the repairs and ensure they were completed according to the company’s proper protocols.

Tamalonis asserts Stillman Volvo and Young Auto Body endeavored unsuccessfully on a number of occasions to make the aforementioned repairs and informed the defendants of this. She claims this has resulted in further damage to the vehicle’s electrical circuitry, fire deterioration and malfunction, based on improper alignment and other body work.

As a result, Tamalonis says she has been deprived of the use of her vehicle and suffered its diminished value, in addition to incurring further expense for renting and leasing other vehicles for alternate transportation.

Tamalonis believes all of the defendants failed to make proper repairs in a timely manner and are liable for the damages which occurred as a result.

The plaintiff is seeking damages not in excess of $50,000 from the defendants in this matter.

The plaintiff is represented by David B. Sherman of Solomon Sherman & Gabay, in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas case 170502493

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