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Q: Need major help... what to do? on 1994 Nissan Sentra

My car was damaged... I had a front oil leak and took it to get it fix by someone who does work on the side... ( bad move)but little $ so... anyway he destroyed my car took my money and sold the part I purchased and seal the leaks with the (car = to glue) he also jammed my keys into the ignition and it will not come out and damaged the automatic gear shifter(not the transmission the stick itself)where it is now sliding from gear to gear... I took it to meineke and was give a price of $2067.60 to repair everything. My insurance will not cover it because I don't have that coverage. What should I do... this is my only car and I live miles from everything...please help. Thank you in advance.
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Wow. I am sorry you are in that predicament. It seems that the person who "works on the side" should step up and do the ethical thing to at least help you. Since that doesn't seem to be a possibility, you really have no legal recourse in this private matter. I suppose I would get a second estimate and inspection elsewhere and maybe stage the repairs in segments that are managable.
That's a directory of shops near you - independent, reputable shops may be able to help even more than a "chain".

Best of luck...

And for everyone else -- let this be a reminder of why shops exist and comply with laws and regulations and want to have good reputations in the community...the best of the best always do the right thing, and even when mistakes are made, step up and handle them. You truly do get what you pay for in the end. I'm not trying to add insult to injury to the "victim" who asked this question, please don't read it that way... you are suffering enough.
Thank you for you help. under normal conditions I would have never considered such an option, but with little to no money and car issues the choices are none to few. With cash in hand and in the bank I would have taken my car to a shop to be repaired in the proper fashion. I feel that there should be a way for people who live in areas where a car is a most and are also low struggling with funds to be able to get care for their vehicles at a cheaper rate. At this time I'm with out a car and in need to get to work each day.
Again thank you for your assistance.
I agree whole heartedly, by the way. I hope you didn't take it as a negative; i'm not judging you in any way for doing what you have to do. Cars are a necessary commodity and unfortunately even in trying times, they are unforgiving in their needs.

Even if you could find someone to work with you on the labor, the hard cost of parts is a tough pill to swallow. Truly, though, I think you will find if you seek out shops near you that some folks are open to negotiating. On the business side, some of us feel like it's best to take a little money rather than lose your business altogether. And, there is a positive feeling to be had when you can be helpful in your community.

How many of us has really made a difference helping someone lately? A great cause for pause and thoughtfulness, especially just departing this holiday season where love and giving and hope is the theme.

Continued good luck to you.
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