While car repairs are necessary to maintain a functioning vehicle, getting them done can be incredibly costly and time-consuming. Even with a fair amount of knowledge and know-how, car owners are typically at the mercy of mechanics — and unfortunately, defective and fraudulent repairs are all too common.
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimated that total consumer losses from defective, unnecessary, fraudulent, or misdiagnosed repairs could be as high as 17.4 billion dollars each year. This NHTSA study based its model on 15 different problem areas:
The best way to mitigate these potential costs is to educate yourself as much as possible on your vehicle, as well as any common issues it may face. This way, you can be more informed when taking your car in for repairs at any shop. If your car does need repairs, it may be beneficial to get quotes from several mechanics, dealerships, and independent shops before having your repairs completed.
Did a defective repair or fraudulent maintenance cause a crash that resulted in severe injuries? If so, turn to the experienced New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss the specifics of your case. If it can be proven that negligent maintenance or repairs caused your crash, you could be owed significant compensation. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.
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