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What additional work did he do that was not authorized? Was the work necessary to make the car run once he began to work on the pump?
Thank you for your reply.The issue is you have to prove that the part replaced was not necessary. The reason I asked the question is because even though you may not have authorized that additional repair, if he can prove he did it because it was necessary while he was replacing the pump and a reasonable mechanic could not make a proper repair without doing so, then under the legal theory of "quantum meruit" and also "unjust enrichment" you are getting the value of the new part and he did spend time and money to install it so the courts would allow it.
The only way out of paying for that unauthorized repair is getting a mechanic to examine the work and be willing to testify in court that the repair was not reasonable and necessary to make the pump repair and as such he should not have made it. If you can prove that, then you can get your money back, but if you want your car, you need to pay first and get the car back and then get it examined by another mechanic and if it is found unnecessary you can sue in small claims without an attorney to recover the money.