I have a question about a side job that was done on my Mitsubishi - and I’ll make a long story as short as possible (i can go into details if needed)…I needed a compressor, a friend of mine works at a dealership and said a mechanic there needed some extra money and he could fix it…so, he looked at it, said the compressor he could get me was $650 and he would charge $100 for labor. I said ok. So I gave him money up front, with an additional $50 for labor. So he got the compressor, told me he flushed the system, put in the compressor…on the way home, a hose blew off…i took it back, he said the compressor was still good, i needed a new a/c muffler hose, and condensor, dryer, etc…said he could do it at his house, but would take a few days and more money. Then he checked the compressor and found out it was bad. I ended up taking it to a legit repair place, had everything done for just under $1300. I told the side job guy I wanted my $650 back he said he would trade my old compressor for a new one. I said what am I going to do with a new compressor, I now have a new one in my car, with a lifetime warranty (his was a year and the “legit” repair place would not put his new one in…understandably). After much discussion with the guy, he said he would pay me the $650, even though he didn’t think he should have to. I told him once he gives me my money, I will give him the old compressor, he can trade for a new one, then sell the new one on Craigslist or Ebay…he said yeah he would do that. Well, one thing after another, excuses excuses, he didn’t have my money…, then said he wasn’t going to give my money back, but would give me the $150 for labor. He did give me the $150 and I told him thank you, that would go towards the $650 due, and the balance now is $500. He refuses to talk to me, refuses to give me my money.
Any suggestions, other than small claims court?
also, come to find out, he didn’t flush the system correctly (he works at Chevy place and they didn’t have equip for a Mits), plus he told me there was a warranty, come to find out there isn’t one.