Mechanic ruined the engine on auto while out road testing; are they liable?
What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? Minnesota
I took my 2002 auto into a local mechanic and told him it wasn't running well and stated the issues. They took the car for a ride and then did their review in the shop and they called me to tell me what needed to be done. They told me it needed new service packs/coils/sparkplugs and whatever else goes along with that. They did the work and said it was ready to go as soon as they took it out for a test drive. During the test drive, they ruined the motor. They've determined a bolt fell out of the motor somewhere which lead to a series of events that ruined the engine. They state they have no liability for this because it wasn't related to the work they did. Is that correct? How do I know they didn't miss this problem or cause this problem before they took it back out for the final test drive? It seems as though they would have to carry insurance for this type of problem. They've estimated it will cost $4,600-$5,800 to repair.