If a mechanic did work other than what was agreed on with out contacting me first, am I legally obligated to pay for it?

Asked on November 30, 2015 under Business Law, Minnesota


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Legally, you only have to pay for agreed-upon work (unless you gave the mechanic the open-ended instruction to just "fix" the problem, which could be taken as authorization to do whatever was necessary). Practically, if you don't pay, assume you will be sued; even if you win, defending would at least take time, and money if you hire an attorney; you have to decide if the amount at stake is worth litigation.

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