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Question DetailsAsked on 1/11/2017

i paid a mechanic $750 to fix my car at my house and he only done half the job what can i do

The mechanic fixing my car couldn't get the crankshaft bolt loose so I told him I know someone that can get it loose after the new year.after the new year I decided to let the mechanic deal with it himself .I called and ask him when he was coming back to finish and told him he needed to get the bolt loose himself and he he wasn't sure what to do but he would figure it out. I said if you can't finish the job give me my money back and he said he wasn't giving me any money back he was gonna fix d the car.I then told him he better be there the following Monday to finish. The following Monday we were recovering from a snow storm and he didn't show up so I called him and said if your not here in the next 24hr to finish my car you better have my money that I have already paid you for the job .he said I'm not giving you any money I'll fix the car but I can't be there in the next 24hr because I'm out of town for a couple days when I get back I'll fix it.I said not here in 24hr I take warrant

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Hmmm - a problem - and more so since you offered to get the bolt loose than backed off on that, because that effectively gave him a day or so extension to his performance time. Unfortunately, you have a problem and presuming you need the car to get to work or get around you will probably have to have it done by a proper mechanic, who should be able to get the bolt loose in seconds using a power (pneumatic or electric or even a hammer-type impact driver) impact hammer. I have removed crankshaft pulley/counterweight mounting bolts (what I presume you are talking about - into the front end of the crankshaft) on autos and heavy equipment that had been in there for decades - including several with over 10 years of sitting outside rusting in a couple of cases, and none (ignoring the hour or two sit time for penetrating oil to penetrate to minimize the risk of popping the bolt head off) took more than about 10 minutes to remove properly.


You do not say if he promised the car by a certain date - but let's assume he said it would be done the same or next day, and it has presumably been 3-4 or more days now - maybe even a week and a half or so depending on which Monday you were referring to.


Unfortunately, you will certainly have an argument whether you owe him for the time spent to date or not - but my position would be he failed to fix the car in a reasonable time so he loses - but you are stuck with a presumably partly disassembled car too. However, he has the option of objecting, and possibly filing a mechanic's lien on the car to try to get paid or to retain the payment and let you try to recover it, which you would then have to negotiate away or go to court on to get removed.


As for the "I take warrant" I presume (your statement got cut off) that you mean you threated to file a criminal complaint against him. Not the thing to do here, and any reasonable police department would explain to you this is a civil, not a criminal matter - a question of competence on his part and of his failure or inability to fulfill the contract, to be solved by negotiation/arbitration if both parties agree, otherwise probably in small claims court with you trying to recover the payment and him trying to retain at least part of it. But nothing criminal here that I see - he did not take the money under false pretenses (presumably he though he could fix it) or take the money and run without working on the job, which would have been fraud.


You may have a stronger civil case if people in your state or city have to be licensed as auto mechanics to offer such searvices, or if he is required to have a business license and does not have one.


Also, if he is bonded, you have the option of contacting his bond company and "calling his bond" to have them get another mechanic to finish the work for the already paid agreed-upon amount.


And of course you have the option, after all is said and done, of doing an appropriate but honest Review on him on Angies List.

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