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Old 07-09-2013, 06:39 PM
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Get it out of there. If he can't do the job in 7 weeks, there's not much chance another week would get it done. Sounds like he is in over his head. Pay with a credit card & put it in dispute until you can have a shop that knows the cars verify there aren't bent valves etc. document everything.
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:49 PM
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Pay with a credit card & put it in dispute until you can have a shop that knows the cars verify there
aren't bent valves etc. document everything.
Yep, I was thinking the exact same thing.

To escalate things before you have the car back is to take on a lot of risk. Don't tip your hand. Be polite but firm that you need the work completed and your car back. THEN place into dispute with the credit company. If the work turns out to be poor or unneeded (per a qualified third party), if your credit card company is good, they will reverse the charge. Then, it will be in HIS ball court (the current mechanic) if he wants to challenge.
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:59 PM
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Request all used parts! You want trophies of this experience.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:09 PM
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Again – you guys are great. After reading all of the above this is my current plan of action.

I'm going to see my mechanic tomorrow morning. He said he was shooting to get me the car tomorrow. I'm sure that will not be the case. If this is so I will tell him all work must be completed, and the car in my possession, by noon on Monday. This will give him the rest of the week, and the weekend, to complete work on the car. If he has the car to me by noon Monday then I will pay the bill and take further action if required. However, I will tell him if he does not have a car to me by noon Monday I will put the whole matter in the hands of my attorney. My reasoning behind this is that it gives him sufficient time to complete the project. If he does not do so, he is fully aware of the consequences.

It's hard to believe that this repair work has been going on for eight weeks now and he has not received any payment for his work. You would think he would want to get the job done as quickly as possible and get paid. Thanks again for all your advice, and I'll keep you advised as to my progress.
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Old 07-09-2013, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by GregBBRD View Post
Very wise advise^^^^^^me thinks.

If in California, a vehicle owner told a shop he was going to contact the Bureau of Automotive repair.....that shop damn well should/would quickly pay attention and get things resolved. The BAR isn't the agency that any shop "wants" in their shop.....right or wrong.

You need to check and see what you have available in Florida, to protect you.

I'm still betting that the valves are bent, from some "rookie" playing with the cam belt.....
Holy ****, Greg agreed with me? I should frame this.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:06 PM
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when u see him tomorrow...put in writing your deadline and "time is of the essence"...check spelling...this way there's no dispute of the deadline he must adhere to and have him sign and date it as well
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:18 PM
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In Florida, all replaced parts must be returned to you if requested. This has been FL law for some time, it may have changed, but I doubt it.
At least you will have the old belt, water pump, etc. Don't accept any excuse, he will know the law.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:37 AM
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Paul, I wish you the best in getting your car back running and not getting ripped off.

I don’t have a dog in this race and don’t know enough about it to choose sides but to me it seems like this thread is turning into a witch hunt.....

Again, best wishes on the outcome Paul.
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Old 07-10-2013, 01:53 AM
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NordicSaab - thank you for your kind offer. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:40 AM
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Originally Posted by flyrade View Post
NordicSaab - thank you for your kind offer. Let's hope it doesn't come to that.
No worries. Offer is open if it comes to that. As far as the shop you are talking about; Is it by chance Jefferies (sp*) off of 41 Bypass in downtown?
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:55 AM
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No - this is Eric's Auto Repair on Clark /Stickney Point in Sarasota.

I used to take my car to the Scott Shop.

Who works on yours?
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Old 07-10-2013, 08:15 AM
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Originally Posted by flyrade View Post
No - this is Eric's Auto Repair on Clark /Stickney Point in Sarasota.

I used to take my car to the Scott Shop.

Who works on yours?
For the moment me

Mine is a complete restore, but also a 5 speed like yours
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by flyrade View Post
No - this is Eric's Auto Repair on Clark /Stickney Point in Sarasota.
I know of this place, not because of auto repair, but because I drive by it a couple times a year on my way to Siesta Key. He's the dude working out of an old Shell gas station with a miniature Statue of Liberty out front... LOL, just down and around the corner from where Pee Wee Herman got caught messing with his junk.

Sounds like you have a good plan and I hope this works out between you and him.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:37 PM
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That's the place Kurt. He has always done good work for me before, and I hope he will complete this job with the quality workmanship he has given me in the past. We had a nice talk this morning. I told him I have been a good customer for several years now, and he has always serviced my 3 cars. I pay my bills on time, never give him a hard time and even recommend him to my friends. But now this delayed work on my car has to stop - I have to get my car back sometime. I told him he has 3 days left to work on my car this week. If he can get it to me on Friday I'll be a happy camper and we can put this behind us. And, if he can't get the car ready by Friday then he also has Saturday and Sunday to work on the car and I can pick it up Monday morning. However, if the car is not ready by noon Monday then I will be forced to give the matter to my attorney. This means going to the Better Business Bureau, the consumer protection agency and the Atty. Gen.'s office as well as to court. This would be very complicated and expensive and certainly nothing that I would want to have happen. I believe he fully understands my position that all I want is my car and to pay the bill and put this behind us. I sincerely hope he will put his best efforts forward to get me the car by Friday. Let's hope that's the case.
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Old 07-10-2013, 12:46 PM
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hope it all works out!
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