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I understand that the owner of the truck is claiming poor workmanship on the truck. What is your question? Was any of this done in writing? Is anything wrong with the truck or was this just one mechanic speaking poorly of another mechanic's work?
Whether or not to hire an attorney is a personal decision. I always recommend that someone at least consult with a local attorney about their problem since it is usually free and can leave you with valuable information and direction.
Does he have a lawyer? Do you know this other mechanic? If so, do you feel comfortable contacting him to see what was wrong with the vehicle? Do you feel comfortable calling the plaintiff and asking him for details on what was wrong with the vehicle? Do not admit to anything, but you need more information to know what your direction should be.
You need to gather information as to the nature of the problem. Then you need to ascertain if the problem was related to your work, to the parts used, or to some other factor that had nothing to do with the job. Without knowing more it is hard to tell.
At the very least you could send a letter to the plaintiff, or his lawyer, requesting a written description of the problems and the costs of each issue. This could give you an idea. Further, most new parts come with a warranty that may cover resulting damage if it was a part failure.
Please reply if I can help further.
This does not change my position. Ask his lawyer to give you all the information on the problem with the vehicle and make a determination whether you feel responsible for the issue. Unless you provided a warranty you would only be responsible for bad work... if you did the job right and the motor failed or a part failed that you could not anticipate then you are not liable for the problem.
You should consult a local attorney for some good friendly advice on any settlement offer you plan to make.
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