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Paraplegic mother needs help getting Jeep back

Posted: 6:21 PM, May 11, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-11 18:21:44-04

A paraplegic mother is trying to get her Jeep back.

Jill Caruso took it to an auto-body shop to get customized for her wheelchair, but that was almost three months ago.

She says the owner was given $3,000 upfront and is now giving her the runaround.

The mother of two is wheelchair-bound, but is still able to drive. She takes her children to school, her parents to doctors’ appointments and drives to and from work every day.

Her work, by the way, is helping others with disabilities get jobs.

She says she hasn’t been able to do much on her own, without her jeep the last three-months – including seeing her mother on mother’s day.

Caruso dropped her Jeep off to Kaotic Customs in Monroe back in February. She wanted them to make it more wheelchair-friendly.

She says Michigan Rehab Services is helping her pay for it. In fact, she says, they gave the auto-body shop about $3,000 already for the work.

She says she has had to rent cars, depend on others to take her places and couldn’t even see her mother on Mother’s Day.

Jill says she was told it would only take a few weeks.

We went to Kaotic Customs. The doors were locked. We also left several messages for the owner, trying to find out what’s taking so long.

Late this afternoon, the owner of the body shop returned my call. He says he will have Jill’s Jeep ready by Saturday and will deliver it to her himself.

When I asked why it took him so long, he said it was a lot of custom work and he is doing it all by himself.

We will check in with Jill on Saturday to make sure she has it back.