Is it consider neglegence on the mechanic part, if a customer takes a car in twice for a noise, that the “speaclist” for that particular car could not find a problem w/ only to have the car completely die a a couple of months later, THAT if he had detected, could have fixed. Let me add that this “specialist” gave the car a major ($700+) tune-up 4 months before the death, and tried to convince customer, at time of dead car, that the car died because it had no oil in it; OH, oh, oh; when customer took car to a second mechanic, second mechanic informed (and showed) customer that said car not only had sufficient oil in it, but the oil wasn’t even black. Need help deciding how to handle this one.

What was the noise, and what was the eventual failure that “killed” the car?

Sorry, there’s not enough information. The car might have “died” for lack of transmission oil; the second mechanic checked engine oil. You’re being too vague about a “noise” and a car’s “death.” Indeed what kind of specialist are we talking about? So far I can find nothing in your report to relate the mechanic’s actions (or inaction) to the subsequent problems.

We have no idea. What was the problem and could you describe the noise? It is not reasonable to assume that any mechanic, no matter how good could detect every possible problem four months before it died. BTW is it possible that the mechanic added oil after it died to see if he might get it moving? Why would oil that had been in the car 4 months not even be black?

There are too many facts missing to make ssense.

My short answer is probably not. Need more specifics. A mechanic is generally not negligent if he can’t replicate and repair a problem noted by the owner. He may not be an extremely good mechanic, but in general negligence cannot be proven or shown. If you provided you a $700 “tune up”, then you got what you paid for.

Pls provide more specifics as to what happened to the vehicle, what time frame, and exactly why the car “died”. A chronology of events would be helpful. Also make, model, miles on the car. Exactly how is the car determined to be “dead” and what are the recommended repairs?

Mechanics aren’t magicians. None can make a car new.

What was the original problem?
What did the car die from?

When the “specialist” tried to convince the car owner that the car died from lack of oil, did he then put oil in it and did it then run? If not, how did it get to the “second mechanic”?

Unfortunately, this rant is very short on relevant details.

If you want responses that have any value, you have to fill in the missing information (make, model and year of vehicle, maintenance history of vehicle, type of noise and other symptoms that prompted earlier visits to the mechanic, what the $700. tune-up consisted of, what constitutes “death” for this vehicle, the diagnosis of the second mechanic, etc., etc.)

For all we know, you might have ignored vital maintenance items on this vehicle and are blaming a mechanic for things that you failed to do. While this possibility may not be correct, you have failed to provide any information to help us to properly evaluate the situation.

When someone is frustrated, it is natural to want to rant. However, your rant is very short on real information. Just like the police department whose toilet was stolen, we have nothing to go on.


This sounds like bad English but you can’t prove nothing.

It’s for this reason the forum lackeys have to get their act together and set this forum up properly.

Just about EVERY post that comes on here does NOT have the pertinent information needed.

Every poster needs to be registered and the basic vehicle information supplied in advance of the posters query.

It’s a guessing game at best (even with all the right info).

It should be obvious what’s needed to get the job done correctly.

Especially when I see the highly skilled techs have to ask over and over again for simple info like year/make/model/engine size/auto or standard trans and mileage.

BTW VDC, I love that last sentence you wrote. Ha ha ha.

You ain’t jus’ a-hootin’!

The OP certainly did not leave any loose ends hanging on this post, huh?

Given the total lack of information I would advise suing every dealer, parts house, and garage in town and let the judge sort it all out.

On the plus side, I think the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-person points of view are all represented, there, and that’s not easy to do.