My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: New york
I was rear ended in a car accident recently. There was some minor damage to my car. My back bumper is slightly out of place and i can't open my trunk because the floor was bent upward. I opened a no fault claim and took my car to an auto body shop based on friends recommendation. In order for geico to inspect the damage the mechanic took off the door panels on my trunk and broke the door latch to open the door and gain access to take of the back bumper. The gieco inspector came over a month ago and gave the mechanic an estimate . At this point everything seemed to be going fine and i thought i would have my car back in no time. i called mechanic a few days later and he said it would be done at teh end of the week but it wasn't. I called the 2nd week and he said it would done by the end of the week but it wasn't. i called begining of third week and he said he had to order latch. I drive by the end of the 3rd week and mechanic shows me the latch that just came in. he said it came in today and he ordered it last week. He also says he'll have his guy paint the bumper and install the latch tomorrow. I call the 4th week and one of his employees says they lost my bumper and had to order another one.
At this point i just want to take my car and get it out of there but im not sure if geico will allow it since they are paying for it. WHen i called gieco they still haven't sent out check and they said i can have it mailed to me or mechanic. After i get my check what are my options.
I'm afraid of this guy trying to charge me storage fees on top of the little work he did on it (take apart panels and bumper) or filing a mechanics lien. is he setting me up for this ?
Thank you in advance for any help or insight you can provide. I really appreciate it.