Vehicle damage

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    Vehicle damage

    I am hoping to find out if I have a legal standing on an issue dealing with a vehicle I just bought seven months ago at a small dealership in Virginia. Before purchasing this vehicle I stipulated that the sixty thousand mile service be completed which includes a new timing belt. The dealership apparently had their own mechanic complete this service. It turns out that there is a bolt called a crank shaft bolt that needs to be removed to install the timing belt. The dealerships service mechanic failed to replace this bolt upon removing it to install the new timing belt. The mechanic re-installed the old bolt on the vehicle instead of installing a new bolt.
    Yesterday I was driving my vehicle down the road when this bolt failed and shredded my timing belt. I had the car towed to a local dealership and I was told that the repairs on the bolt and belt would run 600 dollars. I got in contact with the dealership I bought the vehicle from and was given many excuses why this was not there problem. the next day I got a call from the dealership I sent my car to and they told me that when the bolt snapped and caused the timing belt to break shutting the car off, ruined the cars engine. I am now looking at a 5000 dollar bill. My two questions are these: This being a used car with no warranty, bought only 7 months ago is there any lemon law that I would be covered under? Secondly, Do I have a case against the dealership or the manufacturer? Thank you so much for your time.
    Jason Jarrell


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    Lemon laws differ in every state but it appears that the previous mechanic was negligent in his work so you could potentially have multiple causes of action to collect damages. Most small claims court allow suits for up to $5,000 in damages so that may be a good way for you to proceed.
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    Likely, you have little recourse. First, you need to determine if the work was still within the warranty period. Second you need to determine if the manufacturer required replacement of the bolt as a function of the repair. If you have both of these in your favor, you might be successful suing.


 

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