Case for a Car Damaged while Getting the Oil Changed
My Car Was Damaged Getting the Oil Changed. Do I Have a Case?
With such a busy schedule, you bring your car to a local chain for an oil change, but when you start it up and drive it out of the parking lot, the check engine light comes on, and the car jerks and sputters, and it just goes downhill from there. What do you do?
Garages and mechanics have liability insurance plans at their disposal, as well as an additional coverage known as Garage Keepers Insurance. If your vehicle was harmed as a result of the facility’s neglect or misconduct and/or they did not act with the care necessary under the circumstances, you may have a legitimate negligence claim.
Immediately following an oil change or other automotive maintenance service, walk around the vehicle prior to sitting in the driver’s seat. Carefully inspect your car to see that the hood is properly latched and that nothing is impeding its ability to do so. When you start the engine, review the dashboard indicators to ensure none of the lights are lit that should not be. Turn the car on; if it doesn’t sound right, turn it off immediately.
In the event that you hear something other than your engine’s purr, you will want to notify the facility’s management right away. Make note of their response. Ask for and retain a copy of the original oil change repair order and the receipt for services performed. If the establishment is part of a franchise, chain, or dealership, you may wish to inquire as to the appropriate department and contact information for submission of your complaint.
If you have already left the property and you experience engine trouble, pull the vehicle to a place that will not inhibit traffic (if you are able), and turn off the engine. Contact a towing company for assistance, being sure to get a copy of the towing bill. This will provide a record of the duration of time since you left the shop and serve as evidence of the immediacy of your vehicle’s malfunction.
Your next call should be to Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. We are dedicated advocates for our clients, fighting to get to the truth of what happened and using every available resource to obtain the compensation they deserve. We are proud to provide personal attention through our team of dedicated professionals, aggressive advocacy, open communication, and caring guidance. We understand the fundamentals of liability insurance, personal loss, and financial challenges that arise following an accident or incident resulting in unexpected damages
. We work with you and for you to help you recover that which you deserve.
Seldom does the at-fault facility readily assume responsibility. Following damages resulting from negligence during an oil change, it is their burden to prove they are NOT responsible. Your committed legal specialists at Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. are uniquely qualified in the state of New York to pursue those at fault for your losses, ensure quality repair to your damaged vehicle, and get you safely back on the road as soon as possible. We will reconstruct and analyze the conditions that led to the damage to your vehicle in order to acquire the maximum compensation for the harm you’ve sustained. If your engine is blown, you could find yourself paying for expensive out-of-pocket repairs or stuck without a vehicle entirely. Our mission is to make you – and your vehicle – whole again.
With more than 75 years of combined experience, Daniella Levi & Associates, P.C. have successfully recovered more than $100 million for our valued clientele. We ask nothing of you to take your case, and we never collect anything unless we recover compensation on your behalf. If your car was damaged during an oil change, give us a call today.