Can I be charged $2500 more than the estimate if the first problem was never fixed from my auto mechanic?

Timing chain was to be fixed on my car for $1600. Got call they had wrong timing chain and would need another. Then got call the engine was bad and needed a used one for $2500.

Asked on August 13, 2012 under General Practice, Michigan


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can only be charged with respect to car repairs under the laws of all states in this country with what you agreed to either orally or in writing. From what you have written about, you have a legitimate complaint about being charged for two timing chains when the issue was the need for a new engine. I suggest that you discuss the issue with the owner of the repair shop.

If it does not get resolved to your satisfaction, your recourse is to make a complaint with your state's bureau of automotive repairs and/or consult with an attorney who practices in the area of automotive law.

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