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Ariel Winter settles car repair dispute

Published 14/07/2016

Ariel Winter
Ariel Winter

The star reveals the body shop owner stepped in to resolve her issues.

Actress Ariel Winter has made amends with bosses at a car repair shop in Los Angeles after blasting the garage's customer care online.

The Modern Family star took aim at staff at Paulee's Body Shop in an angry post on on Monday (11Jul16), when she claimed it had taken them four months to repair the damage to her wrecked Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon.

The 18-year-old fumed about the terrible service she allegedly received from "unprofessional, intolerable people" at the store, and claimed "sketchy" staff members failed to keep track of the whereabouts of her vehicle.

She went on to warn followers against using the garage, and concluded her rant with a middle finger emoji and the hashtag "#worstbodyshopever".

Managers at Paulee's took offence to Ariel's online attack and challenged her accusations, insisting her car was only in the shop for two months and required $75,000 (£56,500) in repairs due to the rarity of parts available for the limited edition SUV (sports utility vehicle).

A spokesman told the G-Wagon was still in the garage because Winter had yet to pay for the repair work, but now it seems the two parties have settled the dispute, after Ariel returned to Instagram on Wednesday (13Jul16) and shared a photo of herself posing beside her repaired car and the owner of Paulee's.

"Regarding my post from the other day...Paulee Body Shop and I have resolved our issues and are past the misunderstanding (sic)!" she captioned the image. "Eric the owner was very lovely and rectified the situation ASAP (as soon as possible) Very grateful to put the misunderstanding and miscommunication behind us because my car looks great. Thanks guys."

The actress has also removed her original rant about the business from her social media account.

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