Pirate 4x4 banner
1 - 13 of 13 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Do any of you guys Know wht the law is about a shop having to give you a writted estimate, regarding work done on your vehicle, in Colorado? The Shop that did work on my suburban is trying to charge me more than wht he originally promised the price to be. Seeing as there was no written agreement(my bad) is ther any law in my favor. The total bill will be $1300

Thank You very Much Any information would be appreciated.

Robert <><
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
287 Posts
Usually they have to get authorization if it's gonna be significantly more than orignally estimated.

If, however, there was something posted somewhere that says otherwise, ya might be kinda screwed...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
The deal was, we had originally AGREED upon $1000 out the door now he is telling me that he didn't agree to that, and I' crazy.
My dad thought that there was a law requiring a written estimate for anything over a couple hundred bucks? Keep it coming, need to know for tommorow. Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
146 Posts
The original estimate is binding. No additional work can be performed without your consent to proceed with repairs. It is the shops responsibility to stop work and and inform you of the additional parts/labor needed. You do not have to pay for additional parts/labor that was not authorized, verbally or written. You are, in turn, responsible for the original agreed amount.
My suggestion would be to discuss it with the owner/manager about what was agreed on and if he does not budge pay the amount and go to small claims court to re-gain the extra amount. The odds are in your favor if the work was not authorized.
No law exists that an estimate MUST be provided. Good luck.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
Discussion Starter · #5 ·
The deal is the guy is saying he didn't agree to the original price, yet he proceeded to work on it. So essentially it's my word against his, I'd rather not go to court. I was just curious if there was something i could use against him as far as a necessary written agreement before beggining work? Thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,400 Posts
perhaps you can get a quote from another shop and shove it in his face! Sue his ass and name his shop on the net! Well, at least tell him you will if he doesn't give you your rig for the orriginal deal. <IMG SRC="smilies/pissed.gif" border="0">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
25 Posts
I think you are screwed if you don't have a written estimate, and IMHO its not worth court. Chalk it up to experiance and a lesson.
You could tell me who he is though so I don't go there.
One other option is to casualy mention how 50 or so coloradans on a BBS are dying to know the resolotion to this and how word of mouth could be make or break for a small shop.

[ 09-06-2001: Message edited by: Hannibl ]
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
60 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
I agree it wiill most definitly end up to be a learning experience. Though due to his unprofessionalism in this whole matter i don't feel guilty telling you, it's Howards Automotive in Pierce, Colorado. It's not a $x4 shop but i will definitly not support them in the future. Thanks for your guys help.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,895 Posts
I would never encourage this, but...

you could probably write him a check for the $1,300, and get your truck, then stop payment on the check and send him another check for the $1,000 that you actually owe him. Then if he wants to sue you for the $300, that is his business.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
29 Posts
Since you are not planning on returning there in the future, and rightfully so, hand them a check for $1000 and tell them to take it or leave it (provided your truck is parked outside and you have another set of keys). Get in it and go. Another set of keys is maybe $3?
 

·
1962 YellowSubmarine
Joined
·
11,422 Posts
Originally posted by JimL:
<STRONG>Since you are not planning on returning there in the future, and rightfully so, hand them a check for $1000 and tell them to take it or leave it (provided your truck is parked outside and you have another set of keys). Get in it and go. Another set of keys is maybe $3?</STRONG>
<font color="yellow">good idea except for the fact that he still has your keys and now has your address from the check <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

I think talking to him and possibly giving him an estimate from another shop, along with explaining your intentions to publish the results of this situation on the net. Tell him the posts could be in his favor and how he handled the situation, or they could hurt a lot of his local business if he rips people off. Also write in to the local newspaper, and contact the Better Business Bureau (if they have one in CO)...Keep us posted</font c>
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
32,458 Posts
Originally posted by Yellowsub1962:
<STRONG><font color="yellow">good idea except for the fact that he still has your keys and now has your address from the check <IMG SRC="smilies/rolleyes.gif" border="0">

</font c></STRONG>
And more importantly, a lien on your vehicle.. my dad did this once as a kid... and was summarily arrested.. for grand theft auto.. stealing his own car. It was, of course, all straightened out.. but...
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
7,366 Posts
Call the State Attorney General's office and learn what your rights are in this situation so you know how to negoiate with the shop.

Consumer Protection Division
Colorado Attorney General's Office
1525 Sherman Street
5th Floor
Denver, CO 80203-1760
303-866-5189
303-866-5125
Toll free: 1-800-332-2071
Fax: 303-866-5443
 
1 - 13 of 13 Posts
Top