Can i sue the dealership for ruining my car?

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Can i sue the dealership for ruining my car?

In January i brought my 2015 Jeep to the Dealership because it
was making a horrible noise.

They ended up fixing something else and when i got the car back
the noise was still there.

Took car back in a few more times and still nothing. They could
not find out what was making the noise. When i got my car back
the 3rd time. It started smelling like it was burning. I called
the dealership on the way home and they said it might be some
residue from the changing the fluids and it should burn off.

Well turns out i kept driving and the smell got really bad.
I pulled over and they had left my engine cap off. My car had
oil all over everything under the hood. I was so upset and
called dealership at took it in the next day.

Well, i have been back 5 times for them to clean my car and it
still smells. They ruined my car. Any advise will help.

Asked on May 6, 2019 under Accident Law, Illinois

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the dealership for negligence , which is the failure to exercise due care (that degree of care that a reasonable auto dealership would have exercised under the same or similar circumstances to prevent foreseeable harm).
Your damages (monetary compensation you are seeking in your lawsuit) would be the cost of repairs to your car.
The amount of your damages will determine whether you can file your lawsuit in small claims court.


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