What to do if a classic car repair shop has not done the work that’s been charged for?

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What to do if a classic car repair shop has not done the work that’s been charged for?

I purchased a classic carand took the car to be restored at a local body shop that had people there that specialize in classic car restoration. I agreed to work of $27,000. I have paid them $20,000 to date. I brought an inspector that specializes in classic cars and he said the work they claimed to do was not done. The doors and hood do not fit right and they charged for work to restore the original doors that was not completed.

Asked on November 28, 2012 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If a mechanic, contractor, repairshop other service person or business, etc. does not do the work that they agreed to and which you paid for, you could potentially sue them to recover either the money you paid and/or the cost to get the work actually done, based on one or more of the following theories:

1) Breach of contract--not getting what you paid for or they agreed to provide;

2) Negligence--if the problem was unreasonable carelessness; and/or

3) Fraud--if they lied about what they could or would do.

Considering the amount of money at stake, you are advised to consult with an attorney about about your options and recourse.


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