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Insurance Question from Clinton Township, MI

Asked on 06/13/2012

Can my company get their award back from a mechanic who has failed to perform the work. I rec'd a $12k award to fix an outdrive on my boat, my mechanic has tried 3 times to fix it has had no luck, now he's done nothing over the course of 9 months to get me back in the water this summer. I would like to know if there's a way to get the $ back and go to a competent mechanic.

Answer given on June 22, 2012

If your insurance company has paid for the repairs to your boat and the mechanic is unable to fix the boat, you might contact the insurance company and explain the problem. It may be that the oudrive cannot be repaired and it may need to be replaced. If you discussed this option with your mechanic?If the insurance company won’t pay the additional cost to replace the part, then you will have to try to see if you can work something out with the mechanic as to the money you have spent in trying to repair it. Unless the insurance company recommended the mechanic, it is unlikely they will get involved in trying to get the money back from your mechanic.You may try taking the boat to someone else and see what they think can be done. If they think it can be repaired, and can outline what needs to be done, you can go back to your mechanic about their opinion. It seems he should be willing to work something out with you.


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