Financial recourse options regarding a deceitful mechanic?
March 23, 2014 1:05 PM Subscribe
A mechanic who replaced my bus's radiator removed parts of the transmission's cooling system, said he replaced the parts, and got paid for the parts and the labor. After several months, I took the bus out for a trip, and the transmission overheated repeatedly and finally lost all but first gear. It turns out that the parts the mechanic said he installed are not there -- the pipe that should connect to them just connects back to itself. What steps can I take to get my money back?
posted by Pwoink to Work & Money (3 answers total)
Besides what I paid the guy ($1100), the other costs I've racked up because of his straight-up lying are the towing ($150), and whatever amount it's going to cost to fix the damage to the transmission ($400-$800). The bus is getting fixed this week by a different mechanic, but if it doesn't get fixed in time I will lose another $400, since it was scheduled to be rented for an event next weekend.
The bus is insured only with accident insurance. The mechanic was a small business (not a chain that would care about the Better Business Bureau). Both the mechanics and the bus registration are in Georgia.
What do I need to do to get compensated? I have no idea where to start!