You know it needs doing so why not query it at the time when its not done?
Put it this way do you need to be told to look both ways when crossing the road?, No cos you know you need to, so if you walked out and didn't look why would you blame someone else?
When owning a car there comes some responsibility from the owner, you know to check water, oil and tyres etc.
Err Kirky its called hindsight also known as 20/20 vision.
crossing the road is entirely different from purchasing a vehicle.
So when you buy a car you check the big end shells brake linings etc.
With particular attention to timing belts and associated tensioners....I bet you dont.
The English culture has become such a blame culture, now if for example I had put my car in for a service and told said garage the cam belt needs doing and they didn't do it, then this is a whole different story.
The motor trade has a history of saying one thing and doing another.And if you are 2 owners down the line how do you ken,ken.
also anyone can stamp a service document.
Personally Ithink this is a case of accepting you made a mistake, an expensive one. I'd love to know how this would stand in a court, becasue if you were lucky enough in a court to win, this then means more and more garages will have more and more detailed tersm and conditions on their paper work, just to cover them selves.
ERRR......I dont agree......I think you'd find they'd change the fing belt even if didn't need doing and safeguard the purchaser as I am sure you know the consumer protection legislation has more holes than a sieve.
Whilst I feel for those who have had a cam belt failure, why would you insist liability is on the garage.
You will know how it feels if it happens to you......Yes there probably is no liability on the garage as the guarantee in any work is 12 months.But the life span of a timing belt is dependent on certain factors as specified by the manufacturer.
As you are new you may not ken that the service interval of timing belts on the ts etc engines was reduced from 72k miles and 5 years to 36 k and 3 years..I think this is the crux of this matter that the expert ..in this case the garage that serviced the car should have informed the owner....But as you indicate is it the garages fault....see my post timing belts are like light bulbs.......If they changed it and it failed these things happen BUT if not changed its like playing Russian Roulette.