Can I go back on a verbal agreement to have work done on my car without negative consequences?
June 20, 2011 10:01 PM Subscribe
Can (should) I ask my mechanic not to do a job we agreed they would do, after they've ordered the part?
posted by ramenopres to travel & transportation (10 answers total)
Tomorrow a mechanic with a well-known local shop is supposed to replace something on my car. The repair is going to cost around $500. When they told me about it today, they noted they would have to order the part. I wasn't thinking and said they could go for it. However, I have now reconsidered because a friend has said they will help me find a part and do the labor, and a different shop also looked at the car and said the fix wouldn't need to be done right away.
I want to know if it is all right to go to my mechanic tomorrow, tell them I no longer want the work done there, and pay them the diagnostic fee (since I am not having anything done). How strong is this commitment? What am I risking by doing this?
Some other information:
I trust my friend to follow through and do a good job.
It is possible that the city would reimburse a repair as pothole damage.
I don't have $500 lying around ($300 would be all right, $150 manageable). The car is a '96 and while it is the best car in the world, it is only worth around $2500 or $3000.
I panicked when they asked about the repair and said "Yes" without thinking. I want to be able to go back to this place, so I need to maintain a good relationship.
I have a quote from another mechanic for around $500 and would love to check one more if I hadn't already committed.
This is a repair I would have done at some point if it seemed necessary; at this point, however, I'm not sure if it will be necessary! (It's for a gas pan dent, and the second mechanic said he thought the dent had been there for a while.)