My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Tennessee
I live in Texas, but recently flew to Ohio to purchase a used vehicle and drive it back home. The vehicle was purchased from a small dealer without a warranty. While driving home, I made it to Tennessee when the transmission started pouring fluid. I rented a hotel room and did some research online for a reputable shop nearby.
The following morning, I drove it to the shop and had the problem diagnosed. Turns out that the case was busted and needed to be replaced. I couldn't quite afford what they wanted to charge. I let them know what I could afford, and they agreed to do it for that amount. When the work was done and I went to pay, they informed me that in order to get it to the price that I could afford, they had changed the warranty from a one year nationwide warranty to a ninety day local warranty. I informed them that a local warranty would not do me any good once I got back to Texas. The manager told me not to worry and that if I had a problem within the ninety days, that they would have it warrantied for me.
The transmission lasted seventeen days before I started having problems. I called the manager to let them know what was happening. I talked to the assistant manager and he told me to take it to any ATRA (Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association) member shop and they would stand behind their work.
I took it to an ATRA shop here in Texas, and it turns out that the case needs to be replaced. Now the manager from Tennessee refuses to pay the shop here for anything. He wants me to pay to have the transmission removed, and he says he will pay to have it shipped back to Tennessee to be inspected and repaired. I have been without my vehicle for over two weeks and it appears that it will be another two weeks until it is repaired. I was just curious if they have a legal right to refuse payment to the shop here in Texas for pulling the transmission out after telling me it would be warrantied?