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  1. Call me a mug but I listened to the guy at the garage and he explained how it happened. He explained they were not hitting it but simply adjusting it as designed and the sub frame has failed. He thinks it was most likely caused by a stress fracture. He seemed to be very genuine and was very upset that it had happened but said there was nothing he could do. Feeling the pressure of the ever growing queue behind me I reluctantly paid up and left. My MOT and 4 wheel alignment cost me the sum total of £728.17 In hind sight I should have tried to at least split the cost between us, but I d
  2. No I have not paid I was just trying to get some free advice from the solicitor particularly on anything I should definitely not do. I do appreciate all your help and do not intend using a solicitor at present.
  3. Thanks for the advice. I am waiting for a call back from a local solicitor to hopefully gain some advice from them before going to the garage.
  4. They have sourced the second hand sub frame, fitted it and the car is ready for collection, bill unknown at this point.
  5. What should I do then if we can't reach an agreement? If I pay them do I forfeit any rights? Should I leave the car there and contact a lawyer?
  6. If that is the case what should I do? Do I refuse to pay or pay and then dispute later? Can they hold my car if I will not pay?
  7. The car is a 54 plate BMW 530d with around 105,000 on the clock.
  8. A bit late for that as they have called me to collect the car as the work is finished. I just spoke to the main dealer to see if this is a known fault and they said nobody had ever heard of this happening before and they had never sold a sub frame. The mechanics said that they must have overtightened the adjusters to crack it. I am sure the guy at the garage originally said that it broke whilst they were doing the alignment. I will ask again when I get there. If that is the case and presuming the original is still there for inspection then it should be easy to assess when it was cracked
  9. I can confirm that it was cracked they showed it me on the ramp and did point out that they thought it was a very bad design. I do believe that they did crack it doing the wheel alignment. They also checked what the price for new one from the dealer would have been which I was told was £1000 + VAT. This was why agreed to one from the breaker. So, in short, I believe they cracked it and I am certain they will have replaced it and I will expect them to prove that to me. I believe that they are generally reputable but still the question remains should I be footing the bill when all I a
  10. I should stress that we have not even spoken about this as yet and so they have not had a chance to offer me any compensation as yet.
  11. The garage is G & M Auto Repairs Ltd, Chipping Norton, Oxford
  12. Hi, this is my first post so please be gentle. I recently had four tyres fitted at a local garage that I purchased through Black Circles, this was all fine and they seemed a reasonable bunch. My MOT is coming up so I booked it in with them for the following week. I also asked that once the MOT was complete could they align the wheels as the old tyres had been wearing unevenly. So far so good. I took the car in as planned and explained not to do the wheel alignment unless the MOT had passed. I was aware any part of the running gear that needed replacing would put the tracking out again. St
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