My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Iowa
My car is a 2001 Mitsubishi Mirage, Mileage 110000
I dropped my car to a local garage to replace my timing belt, water bump, serpentine belt and driven belt. After 3 days later, they told me that they messed up the timing of my engine when they testing the engine. And my engine is totally damaged. They told me that they can replace my engine with 60000 miles and only charge me the timing belt fee. During the time they work on my engine, they will rent a car for me. But they still ask me pay the charge of timing belts which they never make it work.
My question is my engine is a pretty good one, works very well. it only make some noise from the belts. But they damaged it and right now my car will have a rebuild title in the record. I can't sell it at a good price with this title. I'm just a foreign graduate student. I saved a long time to buy this car.
1. How can I protect my benefit in this case in generally.
2. What kind of engine they should replaced for me. A new one or 2nd hand old one which may be from junkyard.
3. How long of the warranty they should give me for the replaced engine.
4. Do I need to pay the check of the timing belts? If they replace the timing belt of the replaced engine, i think i can pay them. But this is for the timing belt for my old engine which they never make it work.
Thank a lot for your help.