What does a mechanic have to do before he junks your car?
Mechanic worked on my son’s car for 2 years (Taurus I bought used from my brother with 130K). Once visits became more frequent mechanic suggested we get a new car. As fate would have it he was selling one for a customer. Car had belonged to an older gentleman who had recently passed away. Buick/90kmi - Average 4k miles the last few years and never more than 8-10 during the life of the car. We purchased it for $2,500 and gave Taurus in trade. Car passed inspection but check engine light came on within a week. Brought it back he added fluids. Check engine light again a week later and he disconnected something to turn it off (said it was typical for this car). A week later it had trouble going when starting from a stop (sluggish to accelerate) he said it was a belt which they replaced (this service I paid for $100+/-). A week later it would not go in reverse. I brought it back and he said to leave it and he would look at it. A few days later … just after we owned it a month … wait for it … I was informed the transmission was gone. He offered to replace it for cost $1,000+/- and he would sell it for me (he claimed he could easily get more than I paid) and deduct the transmission and I would get the rest. I said okay. I told him my dad had been diagnosed with cancer and I would be focused on him. Almost a year has passed. During that time, my dad died, I dislocated my knee (requiring surgery and no driving for 6 weeks) and my son moved to the west coast. Since I was never asked for the title, I assumed the car never sold and decided I would donate the car to charity and be done with it. I contacted the mechanic and asked about the procedure. He sounded alarmed. Said the car was gone. Said he thought I took it. When I said I had not he asked for the plate number and then said he has them, meaning the car was junked he thinks sometime last spring.
Did he have any obligation to notify me? Do I have any recourse? The KBB value is mid 2-3K. I’m curious to hear what others think.