I took my VW "73 SuperBeetle to a mechanic I’d used before for an engine knock problem that I’d been told required a new engine. This mechanic thought he could fix the problem with an additive, and, if that didn’t work, by recoring the engine. It would be a “longblock” engine. When he returned the car to me the engine had a constant gas leak and on inspection, it all looked like the same old parts that I had been looking at before the work was done. The engine block had grease and oil and carbon on it, like an old engine.
He has now admitted that he had an old Beetle engine with 50,000 miles on it which he moved into my bug. The car no longer has the knock.
I paid $3300.00 for the work and feel ripped off. He added in costs for a clutch kit and a carborator.
- Did I overpay?
- If so, by how much?
- How should I proceed? Do I have any recourse?