Am I required to pay for a new engine, if I wasn’t told when to change my oil and the sensor was broken?

I have a vehicle that is under warranty and last time I got my oil changed, they didn’t put a little sticker in the window. I didn’t notice for a while, so I figured I would wait until the oil change light came on, and change it then. Then, all of a sudden as I was driving, the car instantly sounded like it was about to fall apart. I took it to the dealership, and they said because I didn’t change the oil in time, the engine is ruined, and it is going to cost me 6 grand for a new one But the light never came on to warn me to change it So is it my fault? Am I responsible to pay for it?

Asked on August 2, 2012 under General Practice, California

Answers:

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you did not ask the repair person about changing the oil on your car when you had it repaired, then the repair person had no duty to advise you about the need to have your oil changed on a regular basis. Common sense dictates that you would have thought about the need to check your vehicle's oil periodically.

From what you have written, it appears that you are responsible for the costs of your engine's repair and no one else.

FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you did not ask the repair person about changing the oil on your car when you had it repaired, then the repair person had no duty to advise you about the need to have your oil changed on a regular basis. Common sense dictates that you would have thought about the need to check your vehicle's oil periodically.

From what you have written, it appears that you are responsible for the costs of your engine's repair and no one else.


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