Is a mechanic liable if paid to inspect a car for purchase but failed to find a defect?

I paid a mechanic to inspect a used car which I purchased with his OK. Now a few days later, I find the engine has a crack and needs replacement. I am having the mechanic come back to take a look at the car. What accountability does the mechanic have in this situation?

Asked on November 2, 2011 under General Practice, New York


Michael D. Siegel / Siegel & Siegel, P.C.

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Unless the first guy was in cahoots with the seller and was trying to defraud you, damages are generally limited to the price you paid for the inspection.

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