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ok, i was quoted(verbaly) $1200 and 5 days.
35 days later is still dont have my car and he wants me to pay $2400!!!!
AND he's still not finished!!!!

coz i lost my job (coz of the extra time its taken), the car may be REPOSESSED by the time its ready!!!!

is there anything i can do? or anyone i can call?
 

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Yeh the Consumer affairs department (ACCC) i think.

I'm not sure what weight the verbal agreement will hold, i did legal studies for two years but i didnt listen.
 

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Hmmzz....

A quote is exactly that, theres no guarantee that it will be the fixed final price. I give out quotes all the time and 95% of the time i get it right. Occasionally i get the odd car that has hidden problems such as damaged wiring, missing parts etc and as a result of that, i go over the quote and charge extra accordingly.
In your case, it would be hard to say as in order for him to quote you, he would have to pull the gearbox appart and find out exactly what was wrong with it in the first place, and what would be needed to get it to the spec that you want.
Best thing to do is have a chat to the person that quoted you and tell them that doubling the original quote is not reasonable and you will not accept it. Worst thing that could happen now is they refuse to give you your box back unless you paid them the full $2400. Then all youd do is just leave the box with them and wish them luck selling somone a $2400 "heavy duty" auto box for a accent.
Go out buy yourself a second hand accent slush box (ask Goearge AKA QRIUS), drop that in your car, treat it more niceley than your did your old one, then if breaks again go out learn how to drive manual and put in a manual box.
 

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Wired, I am in the same situation as you are, and the only thing I can recommend is to contact a solicitor immediately. I called Consumer Affairs as well, several times to be honest, and each time I was given different information. In the end I got sick of it, and contacted a solicitor. What I have been told by the solicitor is: if the car is not ready within the quoted time, then the mechanic is in breach of contract, verbal or otherwise. Let the solicitor handle it, we don't know the law and neither do we know how to bend it as well as a pro does.
 

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you have been screwed.... The only way you will be 'SCROOD' will be when the M-powered silver money pit is complete and nails you down the 400 metre strip

[Edited by scrood on Sep 28, 2004 3:24 AM]
 

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Crool, the guy who messed up the job qouted me 2 weeks, but by the end of week 6 had not begun to reassemble everything[engine] I won't get into details because this may go to the courts, but check this out: I had the engine retoleranced by a professional race engine builder and he found extensive issues with both the head and block. Now that the problems have been sorted, the car is running much better than stock, with a bottom end built to withstand hell and then some.

I told him to do his sums and get back to me with what I'd be getting back, and after 3 weeks of waiting he had not been able to supply me with a figure so that I could go ahead with completing the car. In the end, I was introduced to a solicitor and supplied him with full details and a detailed timeline as well as all availible evidence, he is now acting on my behalf. Check this out, I ordered a flywheel at the beginning of the job, and by week 6 the flywheel had not even arrived.

In comparision to this "motorsports specialist,"at my workplace[Hyundai dealership], the time taken for a complete engine rebuild is 3 days, fresh internals and all machine work, removal and refitted from and to the car.

No, there have been no muck ups to date, which is why I still have my job. :dead:

[Edited by MechaniX_034 on Sep 26, 2004 2:47 AM]
 

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Dym.. sounds nasty.. i hope i never encounter any bad mechanics like that when i finally get my motor pulled apart. Post up some timeslips when you get on the track!
 

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Dym.. sounds nasty.. i hope i never encounter any bad mechanics like that when i finally get my motor pulled apart. Post up some timeslips when you get on the track!
 

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Will do, but it'll propably be circuit, I didn;t build this thing with an eye for straight lines LOL. :D
 

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thanks foulks for your input. its much apreciated.

screwed: sorry for spelling screwed wrong. no offence dood, (no pun intended) obviously i cant spell:dead:

crool: first, i can drive a manual(and was considering a manual swap) but i like autos better, and this WAS the cheaper option. How wrong was i!!! :dead::dead::dead:
 

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Wired, don't go kicking yourself for any of this, if anything your only muck-up was to trust that particular shop. Leave it to a solicitor, there should be avenues for you to get some repatriation for all this.

Good luck bro!
 

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Originally posted by MechaniX_034
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Will do, but it'll propably be circuit, I didn;t build this thing with an eye for straight lines LOL. :D
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Good to hear dude-straight lines are good but circuit racing takes more than just eye/foot co-ordination
I usually suffer from poor foot/mouth co-ordination and I get into alsorts of trouble...this one time at band camp I put my flute.....

Hope to run against you in the future at some supersprints of motokhana's maybe-stuff it- lets go improved proddy's
 

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Originally posted by wired_one
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screwed: sorry for spelling screwed wrong. no offence dood, (no pun intended) obviously i cant spell:dead:
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She's sweet bro - when you gonna swing by the workshop man
 

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MY CAR HAS BEEN LOKED IN THIS JERKS WORK SHOP FOR THE LAST TWO DAYS AND HE HAVENT EVEN BOTHERED TO TURN UP TO WORK!!!
I CANT GET IT OUT OF THERE TILL HE AT LEAST UN LOCKS IT.
SORRY BOUT THE CAPS.
 

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I know what id do. Might not be the best suggestion but get one tow truck and one big pair of Bolt cutters and be quick. :??: Or maybe report it stolen and get the Police to open it up. But considering whats been happening probably best idea would be to get some legal advice.
 

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Originally posted by Machine
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Might not be the best suggestion but get one tow truck and one big pair of Bolt cutters and be quick.
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I really like that idea.....

Originally posted by Machine
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But considering whats been happening probably best idea would be to get some legal advice.
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This is definately the better option.

Seriously dude. Go and see a lawyer. That's what they're for. If you cant afford a good one, go and see legal aid. Atleast they can tell you what you can and cant do.

GO AND SEE YOUR LAWYER! now!

Best of luck with it.

--Aaron--
 

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AND be quick about it, the more time you give the shop the more time they have to come up with stories. Cases take time to be filed, and the sooner you go about it th better.
 

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spoke to motor vehicle repair industry authority.
without a written quote there isnt sh!t i can do.
the guy told me dont waste my money on a lawyer, coz there is no law to say he cant have the car as long as he wants.:dead::dead::dead:
if i piss him off he might hold it longer!!!
and if i take my car somewhere else i am still legaly obliged to pay him... then i have to pay the person who fixes up the mess... i just cant afford this...
any way you look at it iv been royaly screwed, and there aint nothin i can do...:dead::dead::dead:
well... ya win some, ya lose some... :rambo::rambo::rambo:


[Edited by T-WING on Oct 1, 2004 1:41 AM]
 
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