I had a business in Houston that installed emergency lights on my vehicle and in the process damaged the ABS braking system. They would not fix the problem and will not reimburse me the $258.38 that I had to pay to the Ford Dealer to fix their mistake. How can I file a small claims suit to try and recoup these funds? Is it very likely that I would be able to be successful?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Texas
I have tried to discuss the issue with the local shop and I have placed a call to their corporate headquarters in Tennessee
Hi,My name is XXXXX XXXXX X'd be happy to answer your questions today.If the shop damaged your breaks while installing lights, yes, they are responsible for fixing it. In the law, when you pay someone to do work for you, there is an implied warranty that the work will be completed in a "workmanlike manner." Essentially - they have to do the work correctly. If they break something, and it costs money for you to fix it, they didn't do the work correctly. This isn't a criminal case. You don't have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. You just need to show that, more likely than not, they caused the problem. It's a much lower standard.This packet has all of the information you need to file a suit in Small Claims Court. Check with the court in your county to see if they have county-specific forms they want you to know (many counties have them online).http://www.texasbar.com/Content/NavigationMenu/ForThePublic/FreeLegalInformation/OurLegalSystem/HowtoSueinSmallClaimsCourt.pdfGood luck.
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