Consumer Protection Law
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this happened.
When you leave your car with a mechanic, they're obligated to return it in either the SAME condition they got it, or better. That means, unless they can prove that the tire had a leak when you brought it in, they need to repair/replace your tire. (It would be tough for them to establish they didn't pick up a nail or something driving around the shop). With the transmission, you need to know what went wrong with it. If it's bad timing and the transmission went out because it's a 10-year-old car, you'll have to pay for it. But if there's any reason to believe that they did something to cause the problem, then they're responsible.
If you wind up in court, all you have to prove is that the car had no mechanical problems when you dropped it off and that it wasn't working when you picked it up. It's up to them to prove that the transmission had a pre-existing problem or that they could not have avoided the issue. And you're allowed to have your own mechanic examine the car to give an opinion before accepting their explanation as to what went wrong.
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