Yes, I was reviewing some information.
So a repair shop is responsible for abiding by the terms of the contract; so if the shop agreed to repair damage XYZ for $123, and they fail to do so, they cannot charge additional money to fix the same problem; rather the shop is committed to honoring the contract or they are in breach of the contract.
An agreement must contain four essential elements to be regarded as a contract. If any one of them is missing, the agreement will not be legally binding.
3. Intention (meeting of the minds)
4. Consideration (fair value exchanged)
For breach of a contract, there is a material breach (goes to the very heart of the matter) and an immaterial breach (money damages will help compensate the plaintiff).
In cases of material breach, the party not in breach may revoke their acceptance, so goods/payment are returned.
For immaterial breach, the plaintiff is compensated by the defendant paying for the damages (ie cost of repair).
The court will expect the customer to allow the shop a reasonable time frame to repair the issue- and 8 months is not "reasonable".
One can have a third party mechanic repair the defect, and then sue the mechanic in small claims for the damages suffered (ie money paid to third party)
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