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What are some known problems with Street Beasts kit cars?

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Some known problems with Street Beasts kit cars and the company include low part quality, missing parts, incorrect body design and accusations of fraud against the company's previous incarnation. The company behind Street Beasts claims that missing parts are the fault of its suppliers and that complaining customers often do not understand how to build cars.

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The brand known as Street Beasts originally came from a company active in the 1980s and 1990s called Classic Motor Carriages. At the time, it was well-known as the largest company making replica cars. It was forced to close in 1994 due to a suit filed by the Florida Attorney General's Office at the behest of hundreds of customers claiming fraud.

In the midst of the lawsuit, owner George Levin began another company called Auto Resolutions. The company's goal was to clean up the mess left by Classic Motor Carriages and resolve outstanding complaints. In 1999, Classic Motor Carriages was made to pay out around $3 million to defrauded customers.

During the same time period, Auto Resolutions began selling replica kit cars under the name Street Beasts. The same problems and customer complaints followed the new company into the 2000s, and Street Beasts attempted to silence criticism through lawsuits before eventually being forced out of business.

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