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Message started by SJ12 on Jan 22nd, 2013 at 6:01pm

Title: Rogue mechanics - they still do make them..
Post by SJ12 on Jan 22nd, 2013 at 6:01pm
Hello, some repair works were conducted to my vehicle. The vehicle has since seized, and the mechanics now denying all culpability going forward. It transpires that the mechanic cut corners, by not replacing recommended parts that since became causative to said seizure (timing belt, weren't replaced during head gasket repair). And now, 'retroactively' claiming I refused the timing belt change; clearly keen to head off liability for the terminal seizure and subsequent damage. Evidential, the costs I paid for said works 'suggest' otherwise. Basically; I'm trying to get some form of ballast, to prove the mechanic never advised me of replacing said parts - the mechanic just quoted, and I paid whatever he asked, and clearly he charged me for the full works, but never used the parts he was supposed too.

I find this aforementioned naughty of the mechanic, he's put us in a his word against mine situation, not good. I do have the letters the original mechanic sent me after inspecting the vehicle; and he clearly claims "a failure of a separate part" (confusing the lay person); I am surprised that the Joint Expert never picked up on this. However, the expert thinks I'll have difficulty proving either way?

Title: Re: Rogue mechanics - they still do make them..
Post by Grenache on Jan 31st, 2013 at 8:32am
Whenever I get my car serviced (main dealer) they always note down on my invoice any recommendations, e.g. your brake pads need replacing.

If a mechanic was using his "professional skill and judgement", then perhaps you would have expected him to note this down, both to formally notify you of parts needing changed and also to absolve himself of responsibility.  The fact that he didn't surely must count for something?  Suggest that to the Joint Expert.

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