A couple fo weeks ago my cambelt on my 2001 166 V6 went on the M1. The belt had only been changed 40,000 miles previous, but after an altercation with a white van, stones had found their way into the cambelt cover and were knawing away at the belt. During one moment of acceleration at 80mph.....SNAP!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm even more annoyed as the car was booked in at a local Alfa specialist for a new water pump, and they suggested doing the cambelt at the same time which made sense, but the garage forgot to put me in the book so couldn't do it on the day!
Anyway, I got the car towed to them and asked for a breakdown of what needed to be done and the costs. They gave me a low fixed price for the inspection which I agreed. They took the heads off and sent them away to a local engineering company, who went ahead and did ALL the work without giving a price to my garage or myself. They've replaced all 24 valves, several liners, and done a three way cut (whatever that is) amongst a few other things. Their bill alone has come to £1100 plus vat!!!
On top of that, I've got the bil from the garage coming, which will have the cambelt work, new water pump, etc, plus the labour involved. I'm not expecting any change from another £1000 min.
This is all far more than I would have spent, as the car only cost me £1700. I'd have broken her up and bought another, especially as she was a 2.5 and really was a bit underpowered in my opinion. I'd also just had lpg fitted, which I could simply swap to the new car.
What costs have other members incurred when faced with a similar situation? Do these costs sound reasonable?
I have spoken to Trading Standards who have advised me that if the engineering company carried out the work without my authority, then the cost of their work should be met by my garage, as they clearly weren't clear enough with their instructions. This obviously won't go down too well with my garage. Either that, or I can insist that the car be put back to how it was before the work was done and pay nothing.
What would you do? All advice welcome....