Re: 2.0 ts big end disaster - the end??!
Well it's a fair point about breach of contract etc but working as a family law solicitor I am sadly only too aware of the Court process. Unlike the popular misconception of solicitors, we who work in family at least, avoid going to Court at all costs. There is a good reason for this (actually several when I think about it!). Anything issued in Court takes a long time to get there, is stressful and all joking apart does not come with a guarantee. This is why the pragmatic solution of a reduced bill and moving on with my life is by far and away the best option for me. I accept that's not the approach for everyone but I see it is a lesson learned, albeit a reasonably expensive one. I wish I could truly afford to take this approach (financially that is, because again contrary to popular belief we aren't all rich. I have many nurse, teacher, driver clients who all out earn me for example).
When dealing with matters other than family ones it is not uncommon to have to advise clients to take a 'commercial view' on something that has gone wrong. Going to Court is rather like a trip to a casino...if you can't afford to lose your stake you shouldn't be there!
If I have to get extra quotes for the work there is a certain degree of hassle involved before we even get to the stage of litigating with the original garage. I would still be without a useable car at least for some time. Alfatech are the nearest specialists and I wasn't impressed with their telephone advice. Next nearest is Keighley which is not that convenient. It would be highly likely that the matter would be transferred because in all probablility the local District Judge would not wish to deal with a matter involving me. More hassle. All this would take me out of work and or use up my holidays which are all accounted for this year.
I accept that a small claims case is not exactly expensive but in terms of time it is and time is something I don't have nearly enough of these days. For me at least it is easier to investigate an alternative route to repairing my beloved 166 and simply move on leaving the experience with the idot garage behind me as quickly as possible. The reduced bill is less that £300 and so for me at least that represents a commercial decision. If it was more I might have a different view I guess.