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Is this legal?? Damn those rip off mechanics!
This topic is about my experience with a rip off mechanic. The name of the business is Automeister II, owned by Ernest Schmidt in Issaquah, WA.
Here is address of business:
1480 19th Ave
Issaquah, WA 98027
I brought my car to Automeister II in Issaquah, WA to fix. I drive a Mercedes Benz 1991 190e 2.3L.
First time I went there, Ernest Schmidt replaced the alternator and charged me a total of $485 (parts & labor). I drove home that same day and my car still had the same charging problem. I called him and he told me to bring the car back to his shop so I did and I left.
The next day I called him and he said that he needs more time so I said I would call him the tomorrow.
The next day, I called him and he said that he still hasn't fixed it.
He didn't work on Saturdays and Sundays so I left my car at his shop over the weekend.
On Monday, I called him and he said he had not fixed it yet. I went to the shop and he said that he is giving up and not going to fix it anymore "to cut his losses." He said that he refunded me for the alternator and used that money to fund his labor costs.
This is bullshit because he did not fix my car yet he wants to keep $200 dollars for his labor. Since when did mechanics get paid when they dont fix the car? He became frustrated and called the 190e "a piece of shit car" and blamed the car for stumping him and not being able to fix it. He insisted that he should be paid for his half-assed job. Now I am paying him for $200 dollars worth of "labor". This labor I am talking about is poking around and looking at the car, which is what he calls a diagnoses.
Is this fair and legal? He did not fix my car! Now he will only give me $285 dollars back when I paid him $485!! He's taking $200 for doing nothing with my car! I basically paid to park my car in his shop for 5 days now he's charging me $200! (Actually, refusing to pay me the rest of the money). I took the check he handed me incase I cannot get any other money from him. However I will not cash it until this is resolved.