My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California.
Reason car was taken in- I brought my car in on June 29th & told the mechanic about my low idle and coolant loss. He told me I need a vtec solenoid ($300). The part was replaced & I picked up my car on July 8. July 9th the car stalled after 3 miles of driving & it was towed back to the same shop. He never called me to tell me the diagnosis and I walked to his shop and he told me I had blown a head gasket and the repair would be $1200.
On July 23rd (three weeks later) I was told my car was fixed and my girlfriend and I went to pick it up. He then tried to charge me $1500 over the quoted price & dropped it back to $1200. While starting the car for the first time the engine sounded funny. The mechanic said I needed a new engine block & to bring it back in a a day and he'll have the block to fix it. Girlfriend and I drive off and went down the alley to our apartment, maybe 500 feet. The car was almost stalling the entire short drive. I again brought the car back to The mechcNic within 2 minutes and told him what was happening. He kept my car another 2 days and said it was all fixed. He blamed the low idle on carbon build up.
I drove the car 300 miles and had to use an entire gallon of coolant in those 300 miles. I brought my car back to The same mechanic again on August 10th again and I said "it's sucking my coolant into the engine still!!" He removed the oil cap and smelled it and said "holy shit" because he could see & smell the mixture on the cap. It looks like mayonnaise. He started to put the blame on he shop who repaired my engine, he outsourced the engine to another shop. I told him "I don't care whose fault it is, I paid to fix it, fix it right!" So now, my car is sitting at his shop currently since Wednesday. He has not called me with any information. I always have to walk to his shop or call him.
all of this in and out of the shop leaves me borrowing cars. Do you think I'm entitled to a rental because now I am suffering a loss due to his lack of fixing correctly- I NEED to rent a car for work but I don't want to pay for it. It's his fault I'm put out, right?
Any advice is really appreciated.