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I purchased an engine from a salvage yard with a 90 day warranty

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I purchased an engine from a salvage yard with a 90 day warranty (on an exchange basis) at a cost of $4000. I brought it home and my mechanic installed it on the car. The car worked for about a week and a half and then the engine seized up. I have contacted the salvage yard and they have stated that it is my mechanics fault. The Salvage yard is asking that I take the engine back to them to asses it. I have offered to take it any reputable independent mechanic(s) of their choosing in my area since I live about 200 miles away, but they are adamant about me taking the engine back to them. My question is how am I to trust them that they will make a truthful and honest evaluation of the state my engine is in since it is in their best interest to find me at fault. Should I comply with their request or go to other various independent mechanics and just fight this through the legal channels?

INFOLAWYER :

Hello and thank you for the question.

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You have a right to pursue the matter in court and with the BBB

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however, that process can take months and prove expensive

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if they will listen to an independent expert

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I would suggest agreeing to it

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which will support your position and may lead to a resolution quickly

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you could always pursue court and the BBB after if they still wont cover your loss

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They should cover the cost of the independent expert

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so you dont incur further loss

Customer:

Should I take it to an independent shop and then take it to them.

INFOLAWYER :

Yes

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so you have solid support

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for your position

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which should make it more likely they agree with you and cover it

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you also thereby create a record and proof for court should it go that far

Customer:

Would the record include letters from my mechanic's satisfied previous customers ?

INFOLAWYER :

that is not necessary

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unless his credentials are questioned

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if he has a good rating, a resume, etc that helps

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his track record and years of experience would be relevant

Customer:

Is the independent mechanic allowed to open up the engine and inspect it, or just visually inspect the external movements and fluid levels of the engine?

INFOLAWYER :

can do both

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carefully

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I wish you best of luck

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Kindly click on an excellent rating for the answer.

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are you there?

Customer:

yes

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if I can clarify anything else, of course, ask me

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otherwise, kindly rate the answer positively

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