Can I legally do anythingif I keep having to take my car to an auto shop to be fixed and each time I get it back there’s something new wrong?

UPDATED: Apr 12, 2011

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Can I legally do anythingif I keep having to take my car to an auto shop to be fixed and each time I get it back there’s something new wrong?

I took my truck to an automotive shop because it over heated. The shop fixed the water pump, water hoses and thermostat. A week later the heat wasn’t working and the heat gage was going up. I took it back up there, they said it wasn’t holding pressure and that the heads were cracked, so I had the heads taken to a local place that specializes in that work, they fixed all the cracks that were in them and the auto shop put them back in. When I got home I noticed it was leaking fluid. Furiouse I contacted the shop who told me to bring it back up. Is there anything I can do legally?

Asked on April 12, 2011 under General Practice, Ohio


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The issue is, is the shop responsible? By that, I mean did they do anything negligent, or careless, in repairing problem 1 that caused problem 2, then they would likely be liable and have to pay for the damage or new repair costs. For example, if they carelessly cracked the heads while fixing water pump, hoses, etc., they could re responsible for the costs.

On the other hand, if they didn't cause the additional damage, then they probably aren't liable--even if they could have done a better job and spotted and fixed multiple problems at once, they would likely not be liable simply for doing a sub-optimal job, but only if they caused the damage or harm.

If they are (or likely are; you think they are) responsible, you could ask them to pay; if they don't, you could sue.

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