My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: new jersey
I recently had my car serviced at sears automotive where they did a tire rotation and oil change with complimentary point inspection. They passed my brakes with a visual inspection. Approximately 2000 miles later, my brake pads were gone and I damaged both front rotors. I went back to Sears Automotive where they told me I passed a visual inspection and needed to pay for a complete eval of my brakes, which I didn't mind, but they could not take me they were too busy. I needed the car to get to work, so I went next door to the Honda dealer where I needed 2 new rotors, and 4 brakes replaced. How could Sears have passed the visual brake eval, I am sure they didn't even check the brake pads and just checked it off on the sheet. Anyway, the trip to the Honda dealer ended up costing me over 800 bucks. I am in touch with a Sears representative, but it has been over two weeks, she is still reviewing the case, and I am out a lot of money.
My questions is can I file a claim in Small Claims court? I am looking for some kind of compensation since the damage to the rotors could have been avoided. What can I do to get some money back? Thank you.