I was in an accident in August 2015. The accident was my fault, but i had full coverage. I had the car towed to a local shop in feb. 2016 that specializes in classic cars. After receiving an estimate, my insurance company sent the mechanic a check to cover the front end damage to my 67 camaro SS (which was immaculate before the accident). A few weeks later, i called the mechanic to check the status and was told they needed more money to make the repairs. They said they contacted my insurance and they would be sending a check for the additional work. The check was sent to me and i brought it to the mechanic. A few weeks later, i called for the status and was told the same thing I received a third check from my insurance and gave it to the mechanic. THAT WAS OVER A YEAR AGO! I have since moved out of the area and my insurance has dropped me (dui). I had a friend go by the shop and take a look at my car and it looked exactly the same as it did right after the accident!
Everytime i call, i get every excuce in the book. 6Months ago i was told it was ready and going to the paint shop. Theyve also said parts are on special order, we are fixing extra stuff -free of charge, mechanic was in the hospital, etc. They could have rebuilt my car from scratch in the amount of time they’ve had it! Can i sue? What amount can i sue for? Should i have it towed away from the shop as is? Before or after i serve them with papers? Any advice would b very much appreciated. I am a female and it is difficult to act aggressively ahen i am not very familiar with cars. Thank you.