Thank you for the additional information.
This is a difficult situation. Normally I would refer you to the Small Claims
Court procedures in order to pursue this. But the claims limit in Massachusetts is $7000.00. Here you need to sue for $11,300.00.
SO you need to sue in the Mass Trial Court. This is more complicated, and you would generally need an attorney to represent you. The problem for you is that most attorneys are not going to take the case for the amount of money at issue, and the fees they charge are high for this type of case.
The good news is that you can represent yourself and you appear to have a good situation since you have a written agreement.
The first step for you is to send a written demand letter to the mechanic for the return of your motor and money. In the letter state that he is in breach of your written agreement and that you demand return of your motor and money.
Send the letter so that you get proof that he received it. Either certified mail or FedEx. The advantage of Fed Ex is that many people try to avoid certified mail.
If you do not get a response from the letter the next step is to file and serve a summons and complaint in trial court.
Here are some resources that may help you with this, including forms.
One other possibility, if this person is a mechanic you may be able to get assistance from the State Attorney General
office of Consumer Protection.
You can reach that office here:
I am sorry that there is not an easier simpler process. Unfortunately, the amount involved is in that difficult in between space. Start with the Attorney General's Office. Hopefully they will take some action on your behalf.
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