Auto repair business comes through for woman scammed by ‘disappearing’ mechanic

DENVER -- Imagine being a single mother with no transportation.

A Denver mom and her son are feeling strong and independent again thanks to the generosity of Christian Brothers Automotive.

Siobahan Albadani has a disability and must travel to doctor appointments as well as make sure her son gets to school safely.

She reached out to the FOX31 Problem Solvers when a fly-by-night mechanic told her if she saved enough money he’d fix the transmission in her truck for a third of the usual price.

She did, and he disappeared.

Christian Brothers Automotive and its charity partners saw the story and quickly jumped into action.

Jared Beard, owner of Christian Brothers Automotive Arapahoe Road, said “our hearts definitely went out to a mom here with a child who needed the car to function and to do life.”

Ace Towing generously picked up the truck, then the professional mechanics at Christian Brothers Automotive checked it out, but they couldn’t believe what they found.

“Inside the transmission, somebody had 'siliconed' dimes and pennies in there," Beard said.

A questionable mechanic had clearly taken advantage of Siobahan, leaving her with an unsafe vehicle. The team got the truck running and made sure it was up to proper safety standards.

Albadani said she’s thankful for such a heartfelt and kind deed.

“We’ve had a hard time getting to things we have to do, appointments and going shopping for food," she said. "Our family tried to help out as much as they could but it will be really nice to do it back on our own.”

Her son Alamin said he feels relieved the truck is now reliable and that he will be able to get to school safely.