Can I sue amechanic regarding repairs to my car?

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Can I sue amechanic regarding repairs to my car?

I have filed a complaint with the Attorney General’s office in NC. I paid a repair shop to rebuild my engine. It took them a month to fix it, they then dropped the car back off with me. The car’s engine would not run. When the repair was being done, the repair shop gave me a warranty on the repairs. I called them back and told them that the engine did not work. They promised that they would come and pick up either the car or the engine. They never showed up, so I kept on calling. They would give me a promise each time that they would come. So they did come, took the engine, but have not returned the car.

Asked on August 22, 2011 North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If the mechanic or repair shop either violated a warranty or guaranty, or negligently (carelessly) either failed to make repairs or damage something else in the process of making repairs, or deliberately took your money without making repairs, you could sue--you may be able to sue the mechanic personally and the business, and if the business is not an LLC or a corporation, you may  be able to sue the owner, too. You could sue in small claims for small amounts, in muncipal or district or county court for larger. You can potentially seek to recover some combination of the money paid to the shop for repairs they did not do; the cost of whatever repairs are no required; the cost to rent a car because yours is unavailable; the cost of taking cabs or mass transit; lost wages, if you lost time from work; and generally any out of pocket loss attributable to their actios.


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