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hollywood95 12-06-2012 12:57 PM

From Bad 2 WORSE
 
Hi all,
in my previous post I was looking for indy mech. in Tallahassee area. Be careful what you ask for! here's what's left of my car.
http://aceproinc.com/images/burned_BMW.jpg

Short version:
indy. mechanic had my car for repairs at his shop over weekend
car caught on fire Monday morning in his warehouse bay (in storage facility)

he claims he wasn't working on car at the time
Car is ruined as you can see
5,500 in damages to car 2,500 in damages to warehouse bay
Found out yesterday he had no insurance at all
I didn't keep comp. insurance on the car once it hit 10th year



local salvage place offered $117.00. I'm filing small claims lawsuit but I'm looking for some much needed advice on what to do with the car now.

SPDSKTR 12-06-2012 01:13 PM

Jesus, dude. I've never been in any situations like this, but cars don't spontaneously combust. The way I see it, the mechanic was responsible for the car's well being (although not responsible for "lost" or "stolen" articles... we know how that goes), so he should have to pay out of pocket for any damages.

Just my opinion and I am not a lawyer. Do not use this as legal advice.

Fast Bob 12-06-2012 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hollywood95 (Post 7234857)
Hi all,
in my previous post I was looking for indy mech. in Tallahassee area. Be careful what you ask for! here's what's left of my car.

local salvage place offered $117.00. I'm filing small claims lawsuit but I'm looking for some much needed advice on what to do with the car now.

OUCH ! That is SO sad....:cry:

Good luck trying to collect anything from that dirtbag....if he didn`t have even basic insurance, it`s likely he doesn`t have the proverbial pot to piss in....

MalibuMafiaV 12-06-2012 01:23 PM

definitely get a lawyer.

hollywood95 12-06-2012 01:27 PM

He's already acting like a victim!!
So I agree with You Fast Bob.....that's why i'm looking for some other salvage company suggestions. I'll try to recover what I can.

new_kid 12-06-2012 01:47 PM

Dame!!! That is one heck of a misfortune. So sorry to hear of your lost.

I suspect foul play, hard to prove but just my opinion.

Good luck with the recovery.

SWC 12-06-2012 02:02 PM

Terrible - sorry for your loss. That's his shop? It looks like a run down personal garage. Lessons to be learned - always ask to see a copy of the business insurance of an indy mechanic (and you can also call the ins company to verify coverage is in force) and even if a car is older - carry comprehensive (fire, theft, vandalism, animal, hail, flood) - on my 04 330i this coverage costs less than $100 per year. Drop the collision if you want to save money.

hollywood95 12-06-2012 02:12 PM

Yes lesson learned

Rocky_Charles4 12-06-2012 04:42 PM

If the company that he has didn't have insurance in the first place, why is he even fixing cars? The douche bag gave you a burned up bimmer and thinks its okay? Send that ASS to court. No games dude. Of course legal action could be taken place that was simply irresponsible of the mechanic to have your car in labor and to give it back to you in ashes. aw man, I would of got heated. I'm so sorry for your loss man. That mechanic could just :violent:-Sigh-

tcphoto 12-06-2012 06:25 PM

He represented himself as an Independant Mechanic? He took possession of your car, it caught fire and he says, "Oops"?

I would call the Police ASAP, file a report, get a lawyer and pursue legal action. I hope that you received some type paperwork with an estimate for the work, email or voice message pertaining to the car.

cwsqbm 12-06-2012 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Rocky_Charles4 (Post 7235179)
If the company that he has didn't have insurance in the first place, why is he even fixing cars?

Most guys fixing cars on the side for cash don't carry business insurance. If they did, they'd have to charge so much they'd price themselves out of existence.

smolck 12-06-2012 07:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwsqbm (Post 7235375)
Most guys fixing cars on the side for cash don't carry business insurance. If they did, they'd have to charge so much they'd price themselves out of existence.

I've checked into insurance. It's only 200 bucks a month

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Rocky_Charles4 12-06-2012 08:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cwsqbm (Post 7235375)
Most guys fixing cars on the side for cash don't carry business insurance. If they did, they'd have to charge so much they'd price themselves out of existence.

Quote:

Originally Posted by smolck (Post 7235418)
I've checked into insurance. It's only 200 bucks a month

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Yikes. . .Awkward.:eeps:

hollywood95 12-06-2012 09:10 PM

Yes, I had insurance rep there already have incident report from fire dept.

Kicking myself for letting guard down on this one. Got distracted with mom's health & Alabama football.......lol..I admit I have an addiction to the TIDE.

Backup car is a mercury cougar......can you say reality check......

heztheone 12-06-2012 09:21 PM

so cars DO miraculously combust :eeps:
so sad to read ur story, pursue his a$$ for every dime it's gonna cost :irate:

Hellpuppy 12-07-2012 03:52 AM

Sorry to say it, but if you don't think enough of your car to carry comprehensive, then the only issue here is did the mechanic do something to cause the fire? Was he working on the fuel system? Unless he was negligent, why would he be liable?

SPDSKTR 12-07-2012 05:37 AM

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Originally Posted by hollywood95 (Post 7235560)
Yes, I had insurance rep there already have incident report from fire dept.

Kicking myself for letting guard down on this one. Got distracted with mom's health & Alabama football.......lol..I admit I have an addiction to the TIDE.

Backup car is a mercury cougar......can you say reality check......

:tsk:


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