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What is Defective Mechanic Work?

Defective mechanic work can consist of poor quality repairs that are done by a mechanic to a person’s automobile.  Mechanics are held to certain industry standards when it comes to the repairing, upgrading, or adjustment of the operating motor parts of a vehicle. 

When it comes to automobile repair, mechanical repairs are generally held to a higher standard than purely aesthetic cosmetic jobs on the car.  This is because automobiles need to be safe when operated- motor vehicle defects can lead to a car accident or other failure, and defective mechanic work may result in legal consequences such as a lawsuit. 

What are Some Examples of Defective Mechanic Work?

Defective mechanic work can take many forms.  Some common examples of defective mechanic work may include:

  • Failure to fully repair broken or worn parts
  • Installing the wrong replacement part
  • Performing the wrong procedure
  • Failing to notice major repairs that need to be done (i.e. improper inspection and diagnosis)
  • Causing damage to the engine or other parts during the work
  • Modifying the operating parts in a way that makes the car illegal to operate on public road
  • Failing to remove scraps, debris, dirty fluids, or other foreign objects during the repair procedure

The car repair industry is particularly susceptible to fraud and scams of all different kinds.  Making poor quality repairs on a car is one way for scammers to reap a profit.  Thus, you should check with the mechanic and the repair shop owner to ensure that they are fully licensed and credentialed to perform the necessary repairs. 

What Can I Do if I Have Legal Issues With Mechanic Work?

Most mechanic work will be done according to a contract between the shop mechanic(s) and the customer.  The vehicle owner and the mechanic will usually form an agreement before-hand as to the terms of payment, time of repair, and other concerns.  In most cases, a diagnosis is first required to determine which repairs need to be made.

Legal issues with mechanic work can arise if the defective work actually causes losses to the vehicle owner.  For instance, if the defective work actually damaged the vehicle, the mechanic or the shop owner may become liable for the additional repairs caused by the defective work.

Even more serious are the cases where defective mechanic work leads to injury.  For instance, if a mechanic’s negligence leads to a brake failure, automobile fire, or other serious situation, the mechanic may be held legally liable for injuries caused by the defective work.  These types of cases are generally more complex- they may require an in-depth investigation by a lawyer regarding the mechanic’s possible role in a car accident.

Do I Need a Lawyer To File a Defective Mechanic Work Lawsuit?

Mechanic work is an important aspect of car ownership and safety.  You may wish to hire a qualified products & services lawyer in your area if you need to file a lawsuit for defective mechanic work on your vehicle.  Your attorney may be able to help you obtain a damages award for your losses, and can advise you on how the laws may affect your case.  Also, an attorney can review your claim to determine whether you may have other legal options available.

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, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Last Modified: 03-01-2018 12:44 AM PST

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