About a month ago, I sent my 2002 Audi A4 3.0L to this mechanic in Elizabeth, NJ. The problem with the car, was that the past owner (my brother-in-law's Godmother) bought the car brand new in 2002, and ran the car without changing the oil. The engine cracked, and now, I have a broken engine and I need an engine swap. The mechanic said $3,400 for the engine + labor + parts + timing belt + water pump. He promised it would be finished in 1 week.
He bought an engine from his supplier for $1,900 about the same mileage as the old engine. He told me, if I bought the engine by myself and sent it to him, that there would be no warranty and he would charge me for labor if the engine didn't start. So I agreed for him to buy the engine from his supplier so that if anything happened, I wouldn't have to pay for labor. Anyways, 2 weeks ago, he started calling me asking what happened to the car before I bought it, because apparently he can't the start the car. I told him I don't know. He sends the car to an Audi Specialist and apparently, the engine HE BOUGHT was ALSO broken! Now, he told ME to look for an engine online, spend ANOTHER $1,900 of MY OWN MONEY, and send him the engine! Now, at this point I'm furious. He has had the car for 3 weeks, and no progress! He is now charging me an additional $350 for labor, because of an engine that HE BOUGHT, BROKEN.
The other day, I told him I was pulling out. I was gonna get my car back, and for him to return the broken engine to his stupid supplier. Now, he is charging me a total of $800 for REMOVING the broken engine! He said he wasn't even going to place back the front bumper, or the old engine, because it would add to even MORE LABOR. Take note: he wanted to charge me $1,100 for labor but because we were referred to him by another one of his customers, he lowered it to $800.
I've only paid him $1,900 to buy the broken engine. He's going to return ONLY $1,100 of my hard earned money, and not even return to me my car in one piece. Also, I'm a simple banquet server and it took me a MONTH to earn that $800.
I don't know how to deal with this. I don't have ANY money to sue him with, so that isn't even an option....
Can anyone offer any advice?