Chicago, IL asked in Consumer Law and Contracts for Colorado

Q: Who is responsible for intentional mechanic fraud. The owner or insurance company

We took a jeep to a mechanic to get it modified. We agreed on price and completion date. We paid him. The completion date was two weeks. Two weeks passed and it wasn't finished and we were never contacted. We contacted them days later. We were given several more completion dates which were not honored and we were not contacted. 5 months passed and the mechanic stated he needed 8000 more dollars to complete the job we already paid for.we gave him 5000 more. Completion date wasn't met again. We gave him the last 3000. A total of 7 months and we got to test drive it. It blew up minutes later and many things were not installed that we agreed upon originally. We asked for a refund and our jeep restored. He refused. We have receipts paid in full. He demanded 4000 more. He never filed a mechanics lien. He knew our numbers and emails. He filed for abandoned vehicle. Got the title and sold our jeep. If I sue and win does he or his have to pay me how can he avoid paying?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Answered

A: Unless the mechanic has performance liability insurance (very unlikely) you will have to sue the mechanic. Very easy to do; collecting on a judgment later is very hard to do.

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